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Countdown To Death: Thought Experiment

Philosophy : Thought Experiments

"I've only got ten days left, so I really can't stop and chat over a coffee - got to make the most of everything, you know, Sal".

"Fair enough, Tasha - I guess when I get to that stage I might feel the same. But for now, well, I have so long to go - I quite like taking my time and having a casual shop".

Tasha was quite jealous of Sal, who had still had fifty five years to go. If only she had made the most of the time she had; after all she had known since the day she was born that she only had 30 years to live.

You see life was pretty advanced these days, and whilst the advanced human ethics committee has prevented us doing anything to prolong life unnaturally, they did allow everyone to be installed with a chip that let them know how long they had to live, barring some unfortunate accident.

Previous generations of humans had never had the fortune to know how long they had to go, and those who died young were often caught on their death beds so sad that their life had been cut short, and thinking of all the things they wish they had done.

It was decided that if people always knew how long they had to live, they would really focus and make the most of the time they had left. Yet Tasha was here, 29 years and 11 months old, and feeling that she had wasted half her live even though she knew her days were always going to be numbered.

Even when she knew, why was it only these last six months or so that she had really made the effort to try and cherish every moment, every meal, every experience?


By: Dan

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