This is a game. What would you do in these situations?
1. There is a timer ticking down to the time you will meet your soulmate. Where do you go? Stay near your current address? Travel that day? Stay single even if it means you won’t meet them until your 40s or 50s?
2. Same thing, only it’s ticking down to your death. Does your life change because of this knowledge? Do you live more recklessly because of it? Do you refrain from having children if your life will be short?
3. You can go back to any point in your life and relive it, but you keep your current knowledge. You start again from that point. If it makes it easier, you can do this on your deathbed so you don’t miss anything in ‘this’ life. When do you go to, and why? What do you change, if anything?
4. You can go forward to any point in your life, live for a week, and come back. What age would you visit? And would you change anything?
5. You can clone yourself. Or, a duplicate of yourself shows up. Would you take turns trading lives? Would you trust the other you to do the same things you do now? Would you switch daily, or some larger period? Would you tell your spouse? Would you sleep with yourself, with or without your spouse? Would it be cheating if the other you slept with your spouse?
6. Once in your life, you can kill someone penalty-free. Do you kill anyone? This isn’t mercy-killing, execution or self-defense. This is cold-blooded murder, one per lifetime. Do you save it for a “rainy day”, or do you plan on one person and just wait for the right time?
Ask yourself all these questions, and answer in the comments below. Some of them might be hard to answer. Some of them will be easy. Have a good time with them!
Okay, here are my answers:
1) If my timer ended in my 20s or 30s, I’d hold off on being serious until I met my soulmate. If it was 40s or later, then I’d proceed as normal and see what happened. Also, a lot would depend on whether I was the only one who had this timer, or if everyone had it. Depending on this, I’d probably go to where I eventually wanted to live right when it counted down to 0:00 (like Florida). If the person was from somewhere else, they’d be in Florida at the time because they liked it too.
2) To a certain extent, we all know roughly when we’re going to die, based on average life expectancy in our respective countries. So whatever we’re doing right now is probably what we’d be doing anyway. However, if I had a shorter timer than that, I’d live differently, sure. If I was going to die in my 20s or 30s, I wouldn’t have kids. 40s, maybe in my late teens. As for a career, that would also depend on when it was. My point is that yes, I would adjust how I lived based on my timer. Even now, though, by exercising and watching what I eat, I’m pushing that timer back a few years. By quitting smoking over a decade ago, I pushed it back. By never really doing any other drugs, I pushed it back. By getting a desk job, well, I scooted it forward, dammit.
3) I can’t really answer this, because this was part of a dream I once had where a half-second before death, I went to a room where my life was all played out, and I could go back and relive any part of it, changing what I wanted to. This would, of course, lead to new branches of my life, with new experiences I could go back to. I decided to do it methodically, visiting the experiences that would cause the least amount of change. I think I died in my 90s in the dream, so I visited something from my 90s first, and gradually went back.
4) I’d visit ten years from now, and if things were bad, I’d take steps to avoid it, and if they were good, I’d take steps to embetterify it.
5) Having two of me would allow me to accomplish everything I need to accomplish – like living two lives. I would trust myself totally, because I would know, and the other me would know, that we’d be pretty unstoppable together. I’d tell my wife, who probably wouldn’t believe me unless we were both standing there together. Sex? Not up to me. Though, how would she know, unless both of us were there?
6) I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t kill anyone, just as I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t take drugs if they were suddenly made legal. The only worry is that if other people could kill people, would I have to retaliate? Would it be like a cross between chess and the Cold War, only with millions or billions of players? Also, I’m sure that if everyone got this, boy would people be a whole lot nicer.