Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What If..

What if you had the most interesting and intruiging book in the world, but you knew the day you finish reading it would be the day you die, what would you do?

13 comments:

Insomniac said...

i normally read the last page first!! this can't be good in this case... i guess i will end the book anyways, at least i'd know how it ends

NileGirl said...

What kind of a book is worth dying for? I think I'd choose life and then just wait for the movie to come out.

Will E. said...

insomniac, is life worth a book? I know how it must feel to want to know what happens next.. but still a heavy price to pay.

nilegirl, I don't think it's the book that's worth dying for, it's pleasure and curiosity, but there may be such a book ....

hilarious btw the bit about you waiting for the movie to come out :)

Insomniac said...

if life wasn't worth a book, so what's the point of the whole "what if.."?!! anyways, i forgot to say that i would take my time reading that book, but i will eventually end it and take my chances, death is inevitable anyways..

i liked the movie part too, so smart of nile girl :)

Will E. said...

you're right inso, some lives are worth a book and some books are worth a life..

Mando said...

before looking at the comments i had a really different idea about what u meant by that small post...

i thought... or at least the way i saw it, u were basically using the book as a metaphor for our own life, that by the time we're done reading (living) it, we die..

then i realized after i read the comments that this probably wasnt what u meant, which then drove me to the conclusion that the stuff i smoked today was really nasty ^^

Will E. said...

I think the stuff you smoked was pretty good, when I wrote the post I was thinking about life.. and that sometimes you may choose to postpone living your life in hope to live longer.. but after all it's all about the journey..

NileGirl said...

Oh I like that interpretation of this post better. That question haunts me constantly! It takes a lot of courage to enjoy the journey knowing it's a more risky path to take.

And mando, do share... I could use a smoke :)

a reader said...

hi just stopping by on the internet highway... usually too much thinking involved in posting on this blog :) but....

we're assuming that satisfying our intrigue and interest is more important than life? I guess it depends on what the last page has to offer, if anything. ie is reading the page going to offer some eternal benefit post death?
IT also depends what you've got planned after you read the last page. If it's heaven, then bring it on.

I realise i have just answered a question with more questions. :)

Will E. said...

Yes, the whole blog is burdened with thought really, not one of the more readable blogs I'm afraid.

The whole point of the post really are the variety of ways we may choose to handle life, cautiously, eagerly, greedily, patiently.. The problem is that we don't know what the last page has to offer really.

Not sure that "satisfying our intrigue and interest is more important than life" but I might say that satisfying our intrigue and interest might just be life.. but anyway.. thoughts and questions..

a reader said...

I am sorry to be anewbie poster on your blog and to have to disagree with you but since you've left the comments open, i shall divulge my opinion!

"might say that satisfying our intrigue and interest might just be life" hmm do you think that applies to the guy on minimum wage, the lifer in prison, the terminally ill person. I don't think satisfying our interest is the collective purpose for humanity.

Will E. said...

well you shouldn't be sorry to have to disagree, and comments are open for any opinion really..

well I did use the term 'might' but for argument's sake, tell me what if not our interests and passions is the collective purpose for humanity? It might well be, because even those on minimum wage, in prison or terminally ill have no joy in life but their interests.

But anyway, I might be missing something ..

a reader said...

some people don't like their views challenged, which is understandable....but thankyou

I think satisfying interests is high up in the pyramid of needs, a level that not many people can get to if they are fighting for survival- bit like maslow's pyramid.

very open to ask a random person to give you their view on the purpose of life. I am afraid I have no intellectual argument to offer.

The purpose of life is to gain salvation through Christ and to live eternally for him.