For our weekly philosophical gathering, I thought we’d change things up a little and wade down into the deeper end of the pool. It’s been a weird week, so my mind is cluttered with more serious thoughts than usual. Are you up for the change of pace?
Put on your Deep Thought Togas and let’s ponder on the end. This great ride of ours does come to a screeching halt eventually. What if you had the opportunity to know exactly when the meter runs out on your time on Earth? Would you seize it?
This week’s topic: A mysterious stranger turns over his time machine to you. He tells you that it has been programmed to deliver you to the moment of your death. Do you hop into the time machine and speed off into the future to witness your passing? Do you just glance at the console to discover when you die, but decline the offer to use the machine to watch it happen? Do you flat out turn him down and run off without learning anything about how or when your time on this world ends?
I think I would walk away without finding out anything about my death. First off, I was raised to never take Time Machines from strangers. Secondly, I’m an anxious mess as it is, and I don’t even want to imagine how much worse I’d be if I were counting down to the exact moment of when I was going to die.
Life is stressful enough as it is. One of the good things about it is that I never know what’s going to happen next. It could all turn around in a split second, so I want to keep that hope alive. If I knew when the final buzzer was going to sound, I just think I’d fall into this state of depression, constantly telling myself that I’m never going to get that big break, I’m never going to have kids, and I’m never to to win an Oscar because I only have exactly this much more time to live.
By keeping things open ended, it keeps my dreams alive.
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? I bet there are several people in this Think Tank with me right now who will decide to get into the Time Machine and watch it all play out. I need to know why you guys would do that. Please share.
As always, there are no wrong answers. This is a safe place to share Deep Thoughts, so tell us what you’re thinking.
I’m just dying to read your comments…