What Sense Would You be Willing to Lose?

Posted by / April 29, 2013 / 0 Comments


Image: Public Domain, Clker

Image: Public Domain, Clker

If you had to lose one of the following, which would you choose and why?

Eyesight, sense of smell, hearing, voice or sense of touch.

No one really ever wants to lose any of those, but I think it’s interesting to know what people would give up and why. Everyone is different, and sometimes the answers are quite interesting.

For me, I’d give up my voice. It would be hard for me and those around me, but there’s sign language and dry-erase boards and paper. There are other ways to communicate.

I am an artist and writer, so I wouldn’t want to give up my eyesight. I need to see to create. I would never want to go without the use of my eyes. Smell is deeply connected to taste, and I love food, so I wouldn’t want to lose that. I adore music and movies, losing my hearing would really mess with that. I could have captions on television, but you can’t caption music. As for touch, I wouldn’t want to give that up because it’s such an important sensation, especially when experiencing another person.

I’ve actually wanted to take a day of silence, but I worry that it would be too much trouble for those around me. I keep trying to work up the courage to do it though. I think speech is often overrated. A day of silence would give a greater appreciation for the power of words and the importance of communication. But I believe that I could still communicate and have a fulfilling life if I ever lost my voice.

So if you had to give up one of those senses, which would it be and why?

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