Last week, I has my older classes consider this discussion question: If you could learn the date of your death, would you want to know? There are enormous spiritual implications tied into our answers. Me- I like the not knowing. Here are some thoughts from some of my students.
I would want to know, but then again I wouldn't. I would because I want to make sure I live my life to the fullest, and get everything accomplished in the amount of time I was allowed on Earth. I would want to make sure the last thing I said to everyone was pleasant, that I would die knowing no one was upset with me, or that I was upset with them. I want everyone to be at peace with me. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to know because I want to live my life naturally, not having anything affect my decisions, because knowing when I would die would make me rush my life. -Claire
I would like to know the day I am going to die because whenever you know something is due, you are able to do it more efficiently. Therefore, by knowing the limit of my life, I would be able to enjoy it more, each and every day. People may be lost in fear and anxiety, but for me, it's not a spoiler. Death is an eventual thing, no matter how much you struggle. By knowing when I am going to die, I can understand how precious life is, and make sure other people know it, too. I personally believe, if you struggle long and hard enough, there will be a path to escape a certain destiny. -Henry
I would want to know the day I die because if I die in a month, I would have spent my last days in school and a sinner. I would want to make my life holy and worthwhile, but then again, I think I would drive myself crazy always worrying I'm living each day the right way. If I were to die next month, then I would want time to learn how to accept it, but maybe I would have spent my last month alive mourning for myself. I just don't know, but then again if I die young, I want to have time to make a will of my most prized possessions, and to tell my cat how sorry I am for leaving him as an orphan. -Shannon
I would not want to know the day I would die because it would change my attitude completely. Of course, I don't want to die but it is a part of life, and is supposed to be a surprise. I believe that knowing the day I am going to die is going to be like eating from a tree of knowledge of good and evil. It's mysterious and refreshing at the same time. If I were to figure out what day I am going to die, my life would go crazy because then I would be trying to cram my "bucket list" in, with all the places I want to go, people I want to meet, and live I would want to change. I like the unknown, and death is inevitable so why worry about what day you die. Why should you freak out about it? Why can't we just enjoy God's beautiful creation, and live and let die. (No pun intended). I would hope that I'm going to heaven, but that yearn for heaven is also what makes us Christians on Earth. So if I knew I would probably stop telling the world about what a great God we have, because it would be a waste of my breath because, like most humans, it would be all about me, me, me and I wouldn't care about anything else. So, in conclusion, I would not want to know the day I am going to die. -Lindsay
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