I don’t know how to respond to Fandango’s question today, because I plan on cheating death, (or at least postponing it for a little while longer). I am not going to do this by diet and exercise, or by going to an oxygen bar, or by getting a blood transfusion, or by having cybernetic implants, or by drinking any type of snake oil, as my solution is blogging. There is always something to blog about if you look hard enough, and this keeps my mind active and gives me the will to go on. If I were able to get some advance notice of when I was going to kick the bucket, I would avoid going near that bucket and this seems simple enough. Let’s say that something else besides a bucket is going to be responsible for my demise and it is a certainty that it will put me six feet under, would I want to know about it before I meet my maker?
I can see advantages in knowing when and how my end will come, as a way of being prepared for what is next, if there is any such thing as an afterlife. My first thought is about life insurance and if I knew that I was going to live for another 25 years, I would be much better off putting my money in the bank, then taking out a policy, but if was going to be gone in two years from now, the life insurance policy would be a good investment. If I knew that I had a long life ahead of me, then I wouldn’t have to be looking over my shoulder wondering when the Grim Reaper is going to grab me and say that my time is up, and this might help me to live a more rewarding and fulfilling life by seeking more excitement. Nobody wants bad news, so if I were to learn that I had a short time left here on Earth, then I don’t want to know, but if the news was good and I had many years left to live, then I think it would be good to know.
Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #124 which asks, “Would you want to know beforehand the date, time, and circumstances of your death, or would you rather not know when and how it will happen?”