(Closed) Would you want to know your future?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you want to know to know your future
    Yes absolutely : (8 votes)
    16 %
    No absolutely not : (22 votes)
    45 %
    Maybe depending on the situation : (18 votes)
    37 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    No, I absolutely wouldn’t want to know. I make my own decisions regardless of the future, I accept my past, and I allow myself to make mistakes and be imperfect.

    Post # 4
    3671 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I would not want to know.  I don’t think life would be as meaningful or as fun.  If there was something super fantastic in the future I’d be thinking about that instead of living now and if something was awful then I’d live knowing that happened and focus on that.  And I also agree that making mistakes is what makes us who we are and that’s how we learn. 

    Post # 5
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Definitely not…

    Post # 6
    3587 posts
    Sugar bee

    No, but that’s because I don’t want to know when someone I love dies. I don’t care about the other junk, knowing WHEN and anticipating when I’d lose someone would be downright horrible.

    Post # 7
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    This is actually a really interesting question from an ethics perspective as well.  For example, Huntington’s is genetic disease (i.e. if one parent has it, there is a 50% likelihood that you will too) that causes nerve cells to basically waste way.  Most people with the disease develop symptoms in their 30s or 40s and ultimately their lifespan is significantly shorted, along with often having quality of life issues. 

    But, with the advent of gentic testing, it is now possible to identify who will develop the disease.  So, if a family member has this disease, would you want to be tested and know you’re fate? 

    Adding to the dilemma… many people will have reproductive choices before showing symptoms.  Would you want to risk having children with this same genetic disorder (if you actually have the disease).  Finally, in general, if your parent has this disease, you will have a more severe form and it will start at a younger age.

    Personally, I wouldn’t want to know.

    Post # 8
    1602 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I don’t think I would.

    What if all they told me was the end result, and nothing in between.

    Example – something I do will fail. Well then I wouldn’t do it, but what if I’m supposed to learn something or meet someone on the way. It wouldn’t work.

    Post # 10
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    LOL, I’m the odd one, I would want to know! I’m a bit paranoid, maybe that’s why. I would like to know the bad things in advance like when and how I will lose my loved ones. That way I can prepare myself in advance and maybe come to terms with it. I don’t like bad surprises at all. I don’t think it would make my life less happy. Less exciting for sure, but it would also take a lot of worry and stress and regret out of it.

    Post # 11
    2402 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    No way!

    Post # 12
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Most things I wouldn’t want to know but, like EvaBostonTerrier‘s example, if there was a good chance I could have a debilitating disease like Huntington’s and I could be tested, I’d want to know.  First, I could take steps to ensure that any children I had before succumbing to the disease wouldn’t suffer the same fate (IVF with genetic testing of embryos) and I’d be able to take steps to ensure that I got to live what time I had to the fullest.  So often we put things we want to do off because of time, money, etc with the thought of “Someday I will do this ….” but if I knew my “somedays” wouldn’t last very long, I’d be able to ensure I really lived a full life for the time I had with no regrets.

    Post # 13
    2891 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @bells:  I would love to know my future not so i wouln’t make mistakes, (I agree they shape us.) but because I fear the unknown.  I can handle just about anything if i know about it in advance.  Even the worst wouldn’t be so bad if I had time to emotionally prepare for it.  If I knew I was going to die in a car wreck I wouldn’t fear the man with the gun kind of thing.  If you knew the number of your days would you put them to better use?

    Post # 14
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Knowing the future explicitly would ruin the adventure, as well as the learning & growth process.

    If it came to a debilitating disease I would certainly want to know, though I think that is a different scenario altogether.

    Post # 15
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    No way would i want to know. fun thread though 🙂

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