The book of questions, Volume 12627 VIPs have spoken »
Friday is The Book of Questions Day around these parts. Today’s query comes from the aptly-titled tome “The Book of Questions” by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.
And here it is, Question 80.
Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80? Assume that most of the last 30 years would be good ones.
Once again, I want to fill in the details.
What, exactly, does peacefully among friends mean? Am I relaxing on the couch, nodding off to sleep while watching “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” with a few of my close friends?
I could do that.
Now onto painfully and alone. Am I snacking on crunch Cheetos at home when the chandelier with the sharp ornamental spike in the middle falls, impaling me to the ground. Do I have to lay there for ten hours as I slowly bleed out just waiting for sweet death to overcome me? Will it take three weeks for someone to find my body and will my cat be drinking out of the toilet and dining on my fingers and eyeballs just to stay alive?
That’s a big no thank you.
Is anyone really going to choose to die painfully and alone? I don’t care how awesome the last 30 years are, I’m not going to spend my time playing stupid bingo games — even if I did win the coverall every time I played — just to die a painful death alone.