The Trillion Dollar Question?

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  1. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The proposition is, would you trade your life for a trillion dollars? I'm not talking about your physical existence, but rather every thing about your life up to this very moment, both good and bad.

    Well, would you take the money?
     
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  3. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    No.
     
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  5. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Like a memory wipe? Maybe.
     
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  7. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    If you mean my life never happened it is a definite no. I wouldn't do that to my kids.
     
  8. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I don't have kids, and a trillion dollars is a butt-load of money.
     
  9. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The question is more about the value of your life experiences.
     
  10. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    If you leave the kids out ???

    So the deal. A trillion dollars and your mind is blank?
    Or do you start with being able to read for example.

    Just the opportunity of another brand new life appeals forget the money ...define the fine print.

    Alex
     
  11. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I suppose that would be one way of looking at it.
     
  12. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    I value my life experience which is why am sortta open to getting another go..first run was great ...mmm maybe the next run would not be so good..

    It depends on what you are armed with...besides the trillion dollars.
    Alex
     
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  13. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    There is no fine print. But if you like, lets say you could start new with a trillion dollars. All you need do is give up everything that this life gave to you.
     
  14. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    This gets very complex in my view.
    If starting as a baby with no recollection of what I currently hold dear it would be starting over...with a trillion.

    No .. for a strange reason the money would be a burden...you need serious help to keep, control and manage that money.
    Too much like hard work.

    I suppose the proposition really asks are you proud of the way you got to this point...

    Yes ...can we make a list of the little things one may like to change...

    Alex
     
  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    A trillion dollars might be generous. There are people who would give up their current life for free (if they could get away with it).

    There have been circumstance where major disasters have been taken as an opportunity for some people to fake their deaths (i.e. no body is recovered), so they can leave their life behind and start afresh without being followed. Sometimes, they simply "fall off" a cruise ship.
     
  16. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    A friend and I were discussing a character we both knew via another friends who died.
    We could not understand why there were few at the funereal and the only person we could question seemed vague about details.
    We had this chat because my friend though he saw him at a place he had never visited before.
    He had people who would not track him down and kill him but if they saw him in a bar would probably near kill him...
    So we suspect maybe he has had a fake funeral...and became born again it the remote place my friend thought he saw him.

    Alex
     
  17. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Deal!
     
  18. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    It seems that every step (right or wrong) has brought us to the present moment. Would you really risk changing anything?
     
  19. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Heck no.
    Its a miracle I have done so well..
    I don't mean money but I always had enough to do everything I wanted to do...I achieved all my goals in terms of goods, hobbies friends and companionship.
    But I like to think I helped a lot of people, .... And managed to not go off the rails...
    I have had a really great run, did a lot of things...
    But I would like to take the world sailing speed record with this vessel I designed...Its doable but expensive and I don't really feel that competitive...but it would be nice to see it happen just to know my idea really delivered.

    Alex
     
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  20. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    This is related to another question I've asked myself. If I were to be magically granted the choice to go back and do it all over again (i.e. from a young age), in the hopes of making better choices, would I?

    Nick Cage in The Family Man
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218967/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_55
     
  21. birch Valued Senior Member

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    the answers would be predictable. if one had a good life and have living people that they care about right now , they probably would not.

    if they had a bad life and no one they care about or no family or significant people left, they probably would.

    if they had a bad life and people here they care about, probably not.

    this is all predicated on the premise that whatever children or loved ones would be changed due to a different life/timeline.

    but it also depends on how you see existence and reality. your religious values etc or not. the above is a conventional outlook. but someone who doesn't see non-existence as essentially negative but neutral might.

    i don't know if i would but i might even though i love someone dearly. i only see suffering as negative because you have to be alive in some form to experience it and i would not want my loved one to suffer. it depends on if i could know for sure my loved one would not suffer because of my decision. if it changed all of reality here, then maybe, because i don't see life as fortunate as much as a sentence whether with a trillion or not, just the trillion makes it easier and you can do more with it. but if it changed just my reality leaving my loved one to still exist here with a worse fate or they would not know me, definitely not.

    i don't judge the value of existence or life just based on personal fortune or not. once you know the bottomline and how evil it is, even by observing the world around you and that sorrow or realization would not go away just because i was okay. this is because i know i could be in the worst shoes ever too, depending on fate and those worst fates are unacceptably horrible. this unfairness and suffering itself is what bothers me the most.

    i can never be totally alright with this universe in principle because of the way it works no matter how much money i had by the luck of the draw or fate.
     
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  22. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    If this is done as a memory wipe, and the only impact on others is that they think I have died, for example, then yeah, I'd take the money. I've had a good life so far, but no family of my own. I have siblings and some close friends that would mourn my "death" but either I or they would anyway experience that in due course. At least this way I would get to experience what having a trillion dollars feels like. Heck, I'd probably do it for a billion!

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  23. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    The curious thing is, when I look at my life, I didn't always get what I wanted, but I always got what I needed.
     

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