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You are going to die. - 04 October, 2007
QuantumBeep says
I have a sticky note next to my monitor with those words on it. It's changed my life.

The consequences of that simple fact are infinite in their reach. I don't have time to waste being lazy or shy or bored or angry. I don't want to be just another carved rock in a paddock somewhere.

If you knew that you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
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dazelnut says
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/me hears the squeaky wheels closing in on quantumbeep.

if i KNEW, really knew without a shadow of doubt, that i was going to die tomorrow.

I would:

Tell my parents i love them definitely.
(would i tell them i was going to die?)
Write a note to the world.
Feel very lonely.

I just really don't know if such certainty exists in me, that i would go do something truly 'irrevocable'

sad sad sad
Its a Thursday night, I'd probably go out and get drunk, try and have fun. ??
Honesty. we all deal with the truly big questions in our own way.

Would i want to experience exhilarating highs? share time with the ones you love, ohh. take hard drugs ?
philosophise that there is no sense in being afraid of that which we do not know?

If i had a few days notice, perhaps i could build myself up to it. It's 10:40 pm now.. that doesn't really leave me with much time.
By the way, what do you mean you don't want to be a carved rock in a paddock somewhere?
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QuantumBeep says
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Carved rock in a paddock... a gravestone.
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Tom says
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A similarly inspiring sticky note might be "You can live."

I used to put up signs to remind me not to dawdle around during finals week (like notes saying "you should be studying" near the bed and computer.

If I was going to die tomorrow I think I'd have alot of things I needed to say to alot of people before I died. Things that will probably never be let out. I bet that's how alot of people are.
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plutonium11 says
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yea, that is inspiring. I have to try that out.

It reminds me of:
"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here." -Richard Dawkins.

This really makes me appreciate life.
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otto9otto says
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Check out the whole idea of "death": First go here: here, then (more to the point) here, then here, then here.

I could go on, but I trust you will get my angle on this weighty question.
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