In hopes of stirring up some fun conversations here in the forums, I will be posting a series of questions from time to time. Prepare for some epic thinking!
Question: If you could be granted one year of perfect happiness, but after the period would forget everything from that year, would you still take that year of perfect happiness?
nah, why do it if you cant remember it
Can I carry material things over form that year?
Perfect happiness is sure to involve some sort of material change.
March 25 3:01 PM EDT
There has to be carry over, because life doesn't stop, and he didn't say the perfect happiness disappeared. I mean, it may not be perfect anymore, but what made you happy could still be there. Or was it destroyed?
Maybe your perfect happiness was owning an Island and being rich with a beautiful woman. and on the final day, she dies, and your island sinks into the ocean and your money is stolen through Identity fraud.
But that won't leave me miserable because I won't remember any of it either.
Angel of Death, you say not remembering won't be worth it. Life after death, even if you are a spirit, you don't have you BRAIN anymore which means you exist, but you wouldn't remember your measly human life anymore possibly, and why would you need to. You're one with the universe now. So does living for 80 - 100 years matter if it will all be gone? I think so.
Being perfect happiness, I assume that this happiness doesn't create sadness or strife for anyone else, because then it wouldn't be perfect, so I would take the perfect year, because my happiness could better others and give them happiness as well that they will remember and be positively effected by. And if it doesn't disappear after the year, only my memory does, then what I did to achieve this happiness would definitely benefit me for future years to come.
truth and happiness are worlds apart.
Even if you forget everything from that year, you still experienced that free year of happiness, so why wouldn't you?
And honestly, does it really matter if you forget that you were happy?
March 25 6:17 PM EDT
Well in my terms of Perfect Happiness I would be working and setting my family and closest friends up for life. So forgetting the work for it and the happiness in doing it I could spare for the Near Perfect Happiness that would be the fruit of my labors ;-)
I think Neo Japan summarized my view: "my happiness could better others and give them happiness as well that they will remember and be positively effected by." (I forgot how to quote people in these forums).
But let's make a twist to the question. What if this happiness could not include any post-year takeaways? Meaning, you and others don't benefit from anything you've done during that year, after that year. Would you still take it? (And don't bother with finding loopholes in the question... just answer it properly =P)
(Okay fine, if you really want to find loopholes in that question, go ahead).
Now your question is: would you like to lose a year of your life for nothing?
My answer is (obviously) no.
neo, if you die there is no spirit, just a soul and i take that so you remember nothing cuz there is nothing
so again, whats the point of that year if you or anyone else can remember it its a wast of a year if you ask me
March 26 3:50 PM EDT
Question then. Are photos or video's something that can be involved. Because if yes, then it seems similar to partying really hard for a night and blacking out. Waking up the next day and having a re-hash with people of what happened and looking at photos. You don't remember doing that or knowing how you felt. You only know that you had a blast. Do you regret those nights?
So I would definitely do it if I had a photo album full of crazy awesome things I would have done during my happiness. I would tell people, I have no memory of jumping out of a plane with Bill Murray, but apparently I did. Here are pictures of me with Christina Ricci, Jessica Biel, Megan Fox, Miranda Kerr, and Giada. Apparently I was with each of them for 2 months or so I gather from the pictures.
Even if not, I couldn't pin point or tell you a single thing from 2007, or even 2010, but I know I mostly had fun. So if I was having fun everyday, and then woke up and thought, man I can't remember yesterday, but I got a feeling I had a great time, I would do the year of Perfection.
And Angel of Death, Spirit, Soul. I don't know the difference, but what I said is the same and you admitted it. You think that after death is nothing, so whether you died tomorrow or died in 80 years, after you died you wouldn't remember any of it, but you are still going to try to have fun everyday you can, so why not a perfect year of it?
March 26 4:55 PM EDT
So, basically, you just lose one year of your life with absolutely nothing to show for it and you don't even get to remember it ?
Pass. No, thank you, don't want that, no way. Not even marginally tempted.
On the other hand, say you would get the MEMORIES of one year of perfect happiness that never actually happened - would you take that ?
Personally, I'd be pretty undecided between yes and no, but still slightly leaning towards yes.
Simply put: No.
I'd rather remember a year of pain and sadness then forget an entire year of anything.
March 28 12:52 AM EDT
I find this question most interesting because I'd like to pose it to someone who's life is TRULY miserable. To someone like that it would be, "hey, how'd you like to be pain free for a year." Even if you don't recall being pain free, I can't see the human condition passing on the IDEA of a chance at a temporary reprieve from misery.
Just goes to show how good everyone in here has it.
Don'tcha think :)
March 28 1:12 AM EDT
J'Bob I'll throw this at you and I hope you'll understand that this is not a jab or anything.
Most of my life has been rough as hell. If I do not have a way to understand and remember how to do something I leave it the hell alone. Simply put a forgotten year would only be like a day or night of sleep to me the struggle does not go away. My body may be weaker from not struggling but stronger in health but my overall condition as far as my perception and actuality from point to point has not changed. I will still have to struggle with what I did before. In my case I will say "Hell No" because now I am behind on what I was trying to accomplish. I have to fight and struggle even more just to catch back up to where I was at before.
Put it in a coma patients mentality, Holy freaking crap I lost how much time?!?! There can be more harm from something like this than good. The mind and body need to be in sync for something like this to be truly beneficial ie there must be some kind of memory of it(video, memoir etc) to help transition the before to the now or there will be a detriment of some kind.
Granted there are many ways to look at it but for me as a survivor of many harsh realities of life this in it's current form I will avoid like toxic gas or poison.
March 28 8:38 AM EDT
If I couldn't remember it then yes, I'd do it.
March 28 8:39 AM EDT
I had that year. I think.
March 28 11:33 PM EDT
Z, not taken as a jab or personally at all... do me the same favor.
You are (or at least seem to be) a fairly intelligent person ;p
You have at least marginal wealth, that is to say you have a computer and the internet and I don't believe you have to go to the library to use it.
Now I will not pretend to have an inkling about what you might deal with on a day to day basis... but let me tell you this...
I have looked into the eyes of people and seen not a glimmer of hope. And in all cases I can't even say they've lost hope, sometimes it was just never there in the first place.
I stand by what I said (and still respect your opinion). Judging by the nature of this "place", a game where folks come to escape reality for a while and have means to do so, we should all take some time to truly appreciate that for as hard as we might have it, some have it worse. For as little as some of us may have, others would kill to have so much.
And ya know what, I never answered the question really did I?
I don't remember anything from when I was 7 months old. Not one thing, good or bad.
Live a perfect year and forget it all? Sure, why the hell not!
Doesn't mean it didn't happen.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a record of trees falling in empty forests that I'm going to listed to.
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