Friday, August 19, 2005

Ignorance Is Bliss

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

Been thinking a lot recently and I have come to a conclusion. Ignorance is bliss. This might be a bit of an overused phrase, but regarding one particular aspect of the human experience, I have come to realize it is true.

It all concerns death. That is right, the big "D" word. We don't like to talk about it that much, which is where the ignorance comes in.

In the western, industrialized world, we are all taught to think of terms of life being infinite. You have the 'rest of your life' to get certain things done. Some day I am going to hike up Everest. I am going to save my money and get that Maserati I have always wanted. We think that there is always going to be time to catch up on those shelved dreams.

We think this way, because no one knows the day and hour of their death.

Imagine if you did. Suppose someone told you, "Mr. Smith, you are going to die in a car accident on March 13, 2014 at 7:32pm."

Imagine what it would be like knowing this. Every time you looked at a clock or a calendar, you would 'know' how much time you had left. Well, thanks to computers and insurance companies, you can have a pretty good guess. Insurance companies keep amortization tables and based on key factors (on average) can tell when you are going to take that one way trip to Neverland.

But the awful truth is, we don't really want someone to tell us this. It takes away the ability to procrastinate, the ability to have infinite dreams. It demolishes the thought that there really is no end as long as you don't think about it.

So if any of you really wanted to figure it out you could. Figure out how much time you have left. It would just take a little work on your part. But it is doubtful any of us will do it. Life's journey isn't supposed to have an end. At least not in this day an age.

But if you are curious, (Click Here) Death Clock

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