What do you think about the idea of knowing when you will die?

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Re: What do you think about the idea of knowing when you will die?

Post by Abbeysunday » 14 Jun 2018, 06:44

when someone know he is going to die,you continued check your self I know what remained for you and continued to do good ask for for forgiveness.

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Post by chupke07 » 14 Jun 2018, 10:47

For me, on the one hand I would want to know so I could take care of my personal issues, but I would not want to know because then life would lose its charm. It is an interesting concept though.

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Post by elivia05 » 16 Jun 2018, 00:05

qsusan wrote:
02 Mar 2018, 07:08
My feelings are summarised in the statement
"Knowledge bred incidence even as it protected us from incidence."
- (a personal quote from me)

Knowing allows us to shield against known dangers but the mere act of knowing creates even more dangers. This is why Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden after they ate of the fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Because they knew, they could sin. If i am colour-blind and I say red is green, have I told a lie? No. Why? Because I do not know.
Knowing changes things. However, I think the message of this book is not to fear knowledge but to be aware that all knowledge is a two sided sword- it can protect but it can also harm- and to guard accordingly.
Beautifully said. I completely agree with you, but you said this more eloquently than I ever could.

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Post by LV2R » 16 Jun 2018, 21:28

What a big question that is "Would you want to know when you were to die?" I think in one way that I would like to know so that I could say goodbye to friends and family. Also, that I would want to do things that I had wanted to do, but just never thought I had the money or time to do. But then this brings to mind an issue of why not do the things that I want to do now and have all my relationships in order every day? In conclusion, I don't think that it is necessary to know when I will die. It is more important how I choose to live each and every day.

If science has the technology to know when people would die, then I think it is ok to let them know if they want to know. The book Final Notice brought up some issues about racism, hate crimes, gun crimes and school shootings. Maybe some people would commit crimes knowing that they were going to die, but others would use the last days of their lives doing good things.

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Post by ChrisChatfield » Yesterday, 08:07

Another thought is that within the past 100 yrs, we know 100x more about when we will die than we did before. I don't see any benefits as a society or as individuals with this knowledge.

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Post by Christine Penny » Yesterday, 12:10

I would want to know within a few months when I would die because I have an autistic son who is on the border of being able to take care of himself with some help and the Autism Society has some families that take in autistic children and adults who have no one else, I would want to be able to go with my son to help him get used to those people, so that my passing would be easier for him. I really worry about that so much. It used to keep me up at night but I know God will pull him through. I personally don't care when or how or whether I know or not because I know that I am going to heaven and so are my family and that is the greatest gift of all.

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