Post # 1
This is clearly a slight spin off from the other thread
I’m just curious to know how many people would want to be be told their future, or how many people would actually like to see their future. Personally I believe that every decision we make including the bad decisions and mistakes help make us who we are, if we just avoid every “bad” decision because we already know the future and already know the end result of that decision, would life be as meaningful? What do you think?
Post # 3
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
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 # 6
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
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
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 # 9
It seems that most of us are in agreement then!
Post # 10
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 # 12
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
@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
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
No way would i want to know. fun thread though 🙂