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Erin
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0 posted 10-05-2000 10:11 PM       View Profile for Erin   Email Erin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Erin

If you could find out when and how you were gonna die would you want to know?

Dont ask me why I am just wondering what people would say to this. I always wanted to know how and when I would die and I am wondering if anyone feels the same way.


~*Love is sometimes like a rose. Beautiful in the beginning but dies in the end.*~
Horizon
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1 posted 10-05-2000 10:50 PM       View Profile for Horizon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Horizon

No. I would not want to know because then I would be dwelling on the fact that I know I am going to die and not enjoying my life. Good question, I must think about this more.
WhtDove
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2 posted 10-05-2000 11:07 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Hmm, I really don't think I'd want to know that.

I'm kind of in the middle on this one. I guess it would be nice one hand to know how much time you have left. It might motivate you to do those things you should.

But then again you would tend to dwell on the fact of your death. So I guess I just have to say no.
Poet deVine
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3 posted 10-05-2000 11:15 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This is not a good question for me. I am never going to die! I'm immortal.  
Alicat
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4 posted 10-05-2000 11:51 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I'm gonna have to go with a line my grandpa would always use whenever I'd ask that question to him: In the bed of a jealous husband.  

Seriously though, I usually don't think about death much...too busy living. I do recall a pretty nasty debate I had in college with my professors and Nutrition department head (was a Dietetics major) about Quality of life vs Quantity of life. Dieticians as a rule try to extend life as much as possible through a regulated diet. I told them that I'd rather die at 50 from a heart conniption eating a bloody steak and big baker with my Shiner Bach, surrounded by friends and family, than to waste away in a nursing home, friends and family deceased, being fed strained peas by a stranger. Needless to say, they were not pleased, especially since I was wearing my shirt that read "Eat right, exercise, die anyways".

Alicat, the Persnikitty

If I were any more laid back, I'd be in a coma.
wolfman
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5 posted 10-06-2000 01:13 AM       View Profile for wolfman   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for wolfman

This is an interesting subject.  I feel that the minute you know when and how you are going to die, that date will change.  I mean lets say I knew I was going to die at age 80, since I am 25 now that means I have 55 years to live.  So naturely I would want to live a healthier life, therefore I would either live longer or shorter.  Also lets say that I knew I was going to get into a car reck at 70, at that time you can bet I would not be driving.  I think that the second I know the date I am going to die that will change for knowing that date I would live my life differently.  In doing so events would happen that could change that time for me.  Just me thoughts, Aroooooooooo!!

[This message has been edited by wolfman (edited 10-06-2000).]
Kit McCallum
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6 posted 10-06-2000 06:10 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I love to question life Erin, and that's one I've definately pondered ... so here's my answer to your question ...  
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum33/HTML/002054.html
Horizon
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7 posted 10-06-2000 10:13 AM       View Profile for Horizon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Horizon

Hi I'm back..and I thought more about this interesting subject.  I have to agree with wolfman, the moment we would know something about our future it is changed.  I for one believe that if I know something awful would happen to me on a certin date I would do everything I could to change that.  Even now, I believe that by the things we do throughout the course of our day we change our future even if it's just be a second. I rather not know. Life is an adventure full of wonderful suprises and I think we should live everyday as though it is our last.

Have a great day everyone.
Christopher
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8 posted 10-06-2000 11:35 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

...you can bet I'd quit work about a year before it was gonna happen!  

But, like Sharon, I'm immortal!!!

BWHAHAHAHA
Nicole
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9 posted 10-06-2000 02:09 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

quit it Chris, you're scaring me.

PhaerieChild
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10 posted 10-06-2000 05:56 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

I don't want to know when I'm gonna die. First of all I'd be depressed and in trying to change the outcome I would become even more so. I don't want to dwell on something so final. Granted, heaven would sure be trip but what if I get sent south. That would be a bummer!!

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StarPryncess17
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11 posted 10-07-2000 04:14 PM       View Profile for StarPryncess17   Email StarPryncess17   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit StarPryncess17's Home Page   View IP for StarPryncess17

JeLLo says:
I think that it would be hard for us mortals (LoL) to know our fate. Personally, I would like to live my life to the fullest and die knowing that I did everything I wanted to and helped everyone I could. I would like to look at my life and reflect on the impact I had. If I knew when it was I was going to die, I would spend way more time thinking about it than I would like and would live a life that I didn't like because I would spend time thinking about myself and how I could change it rather than how I could have an impact on others. Ya know? This was a great idea JiGgLeR!!    
Love Always
~*~Jessica~*~


~*~Being an angel doesn't mean having a halo, it means doing the right thing and wanting to make a difference...~*~






[This message has been edited by StarPryncess17 (edited 10-07-2000).]
Erin
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12 posted 10-08-2000 02:12 PM       View Profile for Erin   Email Erin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Erin

Wow thanks you all for your input.

Kit~I loved that poem!

Poet~Can I be immortal too???


~*Love is sometimes like a rose. Beautiful in the beginning but dies in the end.*~
Dopey Dope
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13 posted 10-08-2000 02:17 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

When it comes to death i think it's highly wise to understand the concept. Death= supposed ending.....so yea i mean it's not like i'd want to know when my "ending" will come. I think the quote "ignorance is bliss" should come in handy with this question.




I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

Christopher
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14 posted 10-08-2000 07:19 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

ERIN - You can absolutely not be immortal... like we'd want to put up with you!
Athena, Goddess of Wisdom
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15 posted 10-08-2000 08:16 PM       View Profile for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Athena, Goddess of Wisdom

WHEN I die, my tombstone will say, "I told them I was sick". *Smile*... And that's about all I've ever thought about the WHEN of death... I never think about "when" only about the quality of it. It's not too healthy to dwell on death, negatively, that is. It makes life too complicated. Would I like to know when I will die? Just to know that I will, is enough. It could be today. Knowing that, keeps balance. Balance is important. Too much of anything depletes the spirit. But, it is good to think about mortality, because thinking on such things brings infinity and immortality to light. All of everything is infinite. What you feel, what you see, who you are, it all surpasses the moment of your death. You will live on, no matter when you die. The date and time don't matter. What matters is the now. How you live your life and what you offer to others. Live with the heart of giving. Give all of you. There will never be another you. Give of yourself without fear because when you give, nothing can be stolen. I have digressed only due to the subject of death. We are all mortal. But, then again, we are not. And that is because it is all infinite. And we are all part of it and blend into it. Death should have quality just like life. When you think of death, think of life instead. Because that is how you get there. And the final moment of death takes you to the infinity of your destination which is within the memories of those you touched. It doesn't matter "when" you die and knowing when you might die or thinking on those things is futile. Knowing that it could be today is the only important thing.

Worship only truth & peace like Zeus, my father, also known as Jupiter- respect his magic breastplate trimmed w/snakes, shaken by thunder
RainbowGirl
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16 posted 10-08-2000 08:17 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Yes, I would want to know....

I would want the opportunity to put right all the wrongs that I have/may have done...

I would immediately plan to visit all the friends and people I cared for and to wish them well and let them know how much I care...regardless of anger, disappointment or affection....

To this day, I hate it when I say what I think and get no response, leaves me feeling guilty, then I think a bit more and wish I hadn't said anything and then I get angry all over again that I said something that had no impact...so I would want to explain how I feltand get or feel some responce to what I said...LOL

I once said to someone, a short, very short time ago...that to argue is to me like saying I care, I do both with passion, neither is expressing less care than the other, in fact, if you don't care, you don't bother to say a thing...

Lastly: I would want to hug them all so very much...

Twice in my in life I sought the favours of a clairvoyant, both came so true, even now I find I pick the transcripts up and shake my head at it, either way, the important thing is to end your life with peace and love...

Good post..

HUGS
Erin
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17 posted 10-08-2000 11:34 PM       View Profile for Erin   Email Erin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Erin

Chris~You are so mean, Im gonna kick your butt!!!

~*Love is sometimes like a rose. Beautiful in the beginning but dies in the end.*~
White Wolf
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18 posted 10-09-2000 03:43 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

Knowing where, when or how death will find me isn't something I would want to know.  It would spoil the fun I have had cheating death so far.  Let him come.  I am ready.

The White Wolf
JP
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19 posted 10-10-2000 03:11 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

I must confess that I did spend a bit of time contemplating my death - knowing that it would come sooner than it should, and having a pretty good idea of what would cause it...

I came to the conclusion that death is inevitable so why should you care?  More importantly, why should knowing the time or reason make a difference in how you live?  Live each day as if it were a loan, make the intrest you pay on that loan worthwhile.

THE PRICE WE PAY

At the end of this day,
I will assess the value,
of what I've gained,
for what I've paid.
I paid a day of my life,
a very high price indeed.
I pray that my investment,
was worth it.
Too often I have found,
my accountancy in the red,
paying the cost of my life,
and not capitalizing on it.
I've paid at the door,
and have wandered aimlessly,
wasting in true American fashion.
As I review my ledger tonight,
will I find that I have
misspent this day I've bought?
Will I find that I have ignored,
the chance to make a difference?
Will I find that I have avoided,
the opportunity to be of import?
Will I find that my payment,
has gone unreturned?
Tomorrow comes too soon,
and I pray that I realize,
that I am bankrupting my soul,
and that I will fight to see a profit,
worth the inflated cost of my life.


Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.
JP

Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.
B. Russell
Local Rebel
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20 posted 10-10-2000 03:52 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Here's a better question.... if you knew you only had 5 minutes to live... who would you call...???

And... why aren't you on the phone now?
pandora
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21 posted 10-10-2000 04:16 PM       View Profile for pandora   Email pandora   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for pandora

whaddya get when you cross a hawke with a cell phone?

a telephone that wings.... hehe

what's that number again.....mmmeeeeeeeeoooow .... better watch out what you ask for, sometimes it might come true....

Hsssssssssss..... *pounce*



LOL...  

beware pandora's box...

Local Rebel
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22 posted 10-10-2000 04:47 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

and if you were a cat and only had 5 minutes to live?  what bird would you pounce?  lol

that kitty just follows me everywhere...

people are gonna think I'm a kitty hawke...

 
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