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What would you choose?

  1. The Farmers Wife profile image60
    The Farmers Wifeposted 7 years ago

    What would you choose?

    Had a discussion with my son over dinner tonight. If you had to choose one or the other, would you be deaf or blind? I thought this was a no brainer as surely no one would chose blindness over deafness. However, my son said he would rather be blind as he would
    hate to be without his music.

    What would you chose?

  2. sarclair profile image80
    sarclairposted 7 years ago

    This question kind of makes you think. If I were blind, I wouldn't be able to drive, or even see my baby smile. If I were deaf, I wouldn't be able to hear conversation, and would have to learn a new way of communicating. I think if I had to choose, I would chose to be deaf. I think I could adapt easier by being deaf instead of blind.

  3. lorlie6 profile image82
    lorlie6posted 7 years ago

    Great question, The Farmers Wife.  I would have to choose my hearing over seeing.  I'm no musicaholic, but I do love-and NEED-certain music in my  life to remain sane. 
    My auditory abilities are immeasurable, priceless!
    Listening to the world around you and within you can keep anyone very, very busy!

  4. shynsly profile image57
    shynslyposted 7 years ago

    Eh... definitly have to agree with you there... ABSOLUTE no brainer... I honestly believe I would literally go insane (well, MORE so, anyways) if I were struck blind... I just can't even imagine life without eyesight. Everything I do, or would like to do, depends on sight. Also don't think I could deal with the complete and utter lack of situational awareness as to what's going on around me.

    On the other hand, there are times I literally WISH I could turn off my hearing, lol. I would indeed miss music, or the sound of my daughter's voice, but all in all... out of the ways to be disabled, that's the one I think I could deal and adjust to relatively easily. Very little I can think of in my life would really be too affected without hearing.

  5. The Farmers Wife profile image60
    The Farmers Wifeposted 7 years ago

    Gosh Lorlie, I am so surprised at that and really glad I asked the question now. Getting a different perspective in this instance is a real eye opener!

    Sarclair, thats exactly how I was looking at it. I love to travel and find myself completely humbled as I stand looking at ancient sights and wonders. It's one of the things that makes me tick and I just couldn't contemplate giving that up.

    Shynsly, yeah, I get that. Especially if you have children. Not hearing them would be awful but far worse not be able to see them grow up.

    Hmmmmmmm, Interesting, hope we get some more answers.

  6. nightwork4 profile image61
    nightwork4posted 7 years ago

    deaf , no doubt about it. there are too many beautiful things to see.

  7. ufk profile image80
    ufkposted 7 years ago

    That's a very difficult one...because I would immediately answer that I would rather go deaf than go blind. On reflection...no pun intended...blindness would not stop me from creating my music...whereas...deafness more than likely would. The music world has many examples of successful blind people...Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Roy Orbison spring to mind....but I can't imagine how a deaf person would do so well. That's just my opinion...and not everyone is into music. I'm sure a fantastic artist/painter would plump for deafness...but for me...to paraphrase a famous song...I would rather go blind!!!!

  8. Jack Salathe profile image69
    Jack Salatheposted 7 years ago

    Beethoven was deaf by the time he finished composing some of his most famous symphonies. I believe he sawed off the legs of his piano and composed using the vibrations he felt through the floor. Pretty amazing stuff. As it were, I would choose to be deaf because the learning curve would be much less steep. So much of what we do is dependent on our sight!

  9. shahadat73 profile image34
    shahadat73posted 7 years ago

    deaf of course... otherwise how could i answer you if i m blind?

  10. profile image0
    jasper420posted 7 years ago

    deaf because then i wouldnt have to hear negitave things and could still see the beatuty in life

  11. JMattingly profile image33
    JMattinglyposted 7 years ago

    I would definitely choose deafness over being blind.  I can't imagine not being able to see my daughter's smiling face every day.

  12. Thunder Vixen profile image59
    Thunder Vixenposted 7 years ago

    As much as I love the beauty in this world, I'd rather be blind. I would be less likely to subconsciously stereotype and judge others this way and see people's inner beauty. Also I could not live without music, nor the sounds of the earth. I can always imagine how things look.

  13. Ciminder profile image58
    Ciminderposted 7 years ago

    I'm a musician and I'm deaf in one ear.  I can honestly say that I would rather lose my eyesight rather than the rest of my hearing.  I couldn't imagine not being able to sing for the rest of my life because I couldn't hear to match pitch-it's already difficult enough with only one ear!

  14. CommonAnomaly profile image58
    CommonAnomalyposted 7 years ago

    As a musician and an actress, my instinct is to go with blind, as I could still hear music and directions. However, not being able to see shows or movies or read would be awful. I don't think I could deal with it. I think I have to go with deaf, only because it'd be easier. Though I think that living without music is impossible, I could adjust over time.