Sunday, September 24, 2006

If tomorrow was to be your last day, how would you choose to live it?

If tomorrow was to be your last day, how would you choose to live it?


Blogger The Visitor said...

Hypothetical questions are difficult to answer, because if, and when you face the actual situation, you might behave in a manner that was totally different from what you imagined you'd do. For a person to answer reasonably correctly, that person should be able to imagine the situation as it would be. In my case, I lack the vision or imagination to feel the scenario, so my answering would be hollow and without truth. So I opt out of answering this question.
[Disclaimer: You in the above answer is used in a generic sense. :)]

10:32 PM  
Blogger daniela said...

Exactly as I am living it today.
I'm 35 and today is the 14 anniversary of my father's death, and my mum died last month. I have a child and a husband and all of these lessons and more have made me live life with rich abandon.

11:56 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

I would spend the day with my family & try to say all the things I think they'd need to hear from me.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Mister Pregunto said...

Hi Visitor,

I know what you mean about hypothetical questions--I tend to be cautious around them myself--but I promise not to hold anybody to their word if the worst should come to pass.

Your comment led me to the following train of thought, so I hope you don't mind if I riff on this for a minute or two.

Sometimes, what is important in answering a hypothetical question is not to answer it in a way that is demonstrably true--that could be futile. Rather the important thing is often is to find the question inside the question.

In this case, I would say that the question about dying is really just a device. The question behind the question is to find out what do you might consider the thing most worthy of doing. Asking about dying is just a device to (hopefully) focus the mind.

I don't know if you saw the movie "Walk the Line", about Johnny Cash. In it, Johnny and his bandmates were trying to interest a record producer in producing their music, but they were just singing some done-to-death religious music (or some such). They were clearly were not impressing the producer, and at one point he asked a question like, "What's the song you would sing if you had 5 minutes left to live?". I don't know if that was the exact question, but it was along those lines. Anyway, that's when Johnny steps up and starts signing "Folsome Prison Blues".

And, of course, he cuts a deal.

I don't know if that's really what happened with Johnny Cash in really life, but it sure worked in the movie. The point I am making is that the truth that came out of that question was the song--and the feeling--not whether Johnny really would or did sing that song 5 minutes before his death. (I doubt he did.)

I guess what I am saying is, truth ain't always logical truth. It isn't always about the elimination of all contrafactuals. It's not that kind of truth I was hoping for here.

Here is another hypthetical question I have been wanting to ask:

If you had the power to make everybody ask themselves (and seriously reflect on) one question, what would that question be?

8:49 PM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

@MP - Thank you for giving a very detailed answer to my response, which does sort of explain the point that you are trying to make. Another hypothetical question is, "if you house were on fire, what is the one thing that you'd try to save ahile going out".

Actually I did try to answer your question, but could not go ahead with answering it, because I was always pulled back by trying to imagine a scenario and my state of mind at that point in time, to which I had no answer. As a device it failed to bring the focus on the question. :)

I understand that you were trying to identify a person's priorities using that question. And in the event of such a thing happening I'm sure you'd not hold my answer against me if I happened to behave in a totally contrary fashion :)

The point of my answer was to point out that there could be differences in our perceived priorities and "real" priorities (if there is such a term).

I have been rambling; coming back to the question at hand, I would probably spend time with my family or alternatively I would just go on as usual with my life. I've had a lifetime to do whatever I want, in just one more day there is probably nothing that I WANT to do.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Marc AndrĂ© BĂ©langer said...

I would be visiting places and people important to me. Then spend time with myself. And maybe the last hour with a very dear friend.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Mister Pregunto said...

Have any of you seen the movie Last Night

6:03 PM  
Blogger L>T said...

MR P; I haven't seen that movie but it sounds interesting all of a sudden. ;]

In response to your discussion w/ visitor,
I saw the question right away as "If tomorrow was to be your last day how would you choose to live it[ideally]"?
As visitor says,when you face the actual situation, you might behave in a manner that was totally different from what you imagined you'd do. it's just to difficult to imagine or respond to realistically.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous thinking girl said...

I'd try to do all the things I ever wanted to do but didn't for whatever reason. Oh, and I'd eat nothing that wasn't made of chocolate! (well, maybe except the wine....)

Mister P, your other question:
"If you had the power to make everybody ask themselves (and seriously reflect on) one question, what would that question be?"

I think I would ask, what could you (each person) do differently than you are doing now that would make the world a better place for everyone?

9:47 AM  
Blogger iamvisheshur said...

this question has been asked by many ppl to me.....
it may look shallow but has a lot of depth in it....
when u are aware that tmro is your last day...then ur supposed to know it and the reason why ur being told about it.....
it comes with realisation....
it has to do with the understanding of yourself....
once u have satisfied the condition of getting close to your innerself...
your heart will start commanding u..
when i say heart as it becomes the voice of the innersprit...
again this has been explained in detail in the book 'the alchemist'..
since u would be controlled by ur heart u will act accoring to what it says..
to start to get close to ur innersprit is the most challenging and couragous task...
many ppl fear it or dont want to..
they do this to try and foolow what they dont want to..

3:01 AM  
Blogger iamvisheshur said...

i like ur site...
keep the job up..
i think with this site...
the message i want to put forth to every1 can done....
keep ur good questions coming....

3:02 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Well, if I couldn't get some sexy woman to have sex with me, I would go buy one. :-)

I would drink a few extra beers. :-)

Sign a quick claim deed to give this place to someone. Maybe trade it for that sex. :-)

Then I would try to figure out how to make it a front page news story. No going out quietly for me. :-)

3:21 PM  

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