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If you had to do without one of your five senses and could choose, which would i

  1. Denise Handlon profile image89
    Denise Handlonposted 5 years ago

    If you had to do without one of your five senses and could choose, which would it be?

    This is not meant to be derogatory towards anyone with a handicap, merely a question about choice.

  2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 5 years ago

    I already do.  My sense of smell is just about gone. Odor has to be really bad before I smell it.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Gosh Linda, is that difficult for you?  Thanks for sharing.

    2. Jlbowden profile image92
      Jlbowdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Linda:
      That could really benefit you, especially when the cesspool  man shows up in your neighborhood!  (:

  3. LupitaRonquillo profile image80
    LupitaRonquilloposted 5 years ago

    Being a mom, I don't think I could choose! I would need to hear my baby, see my baby, touch my baby... but taste and smell are great for food! :\ LOL

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I know...really, how can one make a choice?  Thanks.

  4. aykianink profile image61
    aykianinkposted 5 years ago

    Taste or smell are close for first place.  Well, if I had no sense of taste, I would eat healthier.  I guess it'd be taste.  Pass me the wheatgrass drink!:-)

    1. Gina145 profile image82
      Gina145posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like the way you're thinking!

    2. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL  That's funny!   I like your logic.  I don't know if I could do without my taste buds, though.  I love food too much. ha ha.

  5. Gina145 profile image82
    Gina145posted 5 years ago

    Interesting question.  In the past I've only considered a choice between sight and hearing, not all of the five senses.
    I think it would have to be smell.  It's not a sense that means that much to me.  I find the scent of perfumes and such seems to wear off pretty quickly anyway.
    It would actually be quite a pleasure not to have to worry about things that really stink - like the fertilizer I use for my bonsai trees.

    1. LupitaRonquillo profile image80
      LupitaRonquilloposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The sense of smell is part of our immune system and can help us detect toxic fumes that can be harmful...

    2. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Gina-it does seem to be more of a 'benefit' not to have to smell anything stinky, doesn't it.  Thanks for your input here.  smile

  6. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 5 years ago

    I'd rather go without sight if I had to chose one. I can't imagine being without the sound of music, the human voice, water flowing, or a breeze blowing. As a therapist, I could do my work helping people without sight. Taste and smell go hand in hand so giving up one means giving up two.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, Jan.  I understand what you are saying about the two being entwined.  Thanks for your thoughts here.

  7. Esther  Strong profile image85
    Esther Strongposted 5 years ago

    If I absolutely had to choose I think it would be smell - as much as I would miss the lovely smell of perfume, food etc. plus it would be a negative not to be able to have smell as a warning (e.g. when something is off or if there is something burning/ fire)

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Esther, it appears that smell is the #1 choice for most folks.  smile

  8. Jlbowden profile image92
    Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago

    Denise another good question. I definitely could not do well without sight, as I recently found out over this past summer in having a detached retina. That was something as far as senses go, I would have a tough time managing, especially with just one eye being out of commission for a few months. 

    Would have to say that it would have to be smell that I could do without, because once I get grandma's fresh cooked pies for example into my mouth and across my taste buds, you already know it will taste good, without having to smell it first. This is what my spider sense tells me!  (:

    There are also far too many smells I can do without smelling. One would be that the cesspool man leaves behind while he is doing his thing, if you know what I mean?   ):

    Jim

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha, Jim Funny re: cesspool man.  Not funny re: your retina.  I hope all is well with you now?  That is very scary.  Even with audio books I would miss my sight.

    2. Jlbowden profile image92
      Jlbowdenposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Glad you liked the added humor Denise.  And yes my eye sight has sense been restored, thanks to modern technology.  However I never want to have to experience losing sight, even in one eye if I ever have that misfortune again.

  9. Alecia Murphy profile image78
    Alecia Murphyposted 5 years ago

    I would say smell. I don't always like to smell everything but I gotta have to taste my food. I know what it's like being sick and not being able to taste but needing to eat- it's absolutely miserable.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Alecia-thanks for sharing your input on this subject.  Tough decision for sure!

  10. brakel2 profile image80
    brakel2posted 5 years ago

    I lost my sense of smell after I had the flu some years ago. It gradually has come back but not all the way. I would say my sense of smell is the choice among all senses.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow-what an odd side effect from the flu!  I hope you continue to improve.  Thanks for sharing.

  11. profile image0
    Kerry43posted 5 years ago

    Hi Denise, how are you?
    I would have to pass on the smell/taste...as someone pointed out already, losing one means losing both. I just don't know how I could cope not being able to see, touch or hear my beautiful G'babies. Although, I would be passing on that wonderful new baby smell hmm

    Great Question!

    Kerry

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It is a quandary, isn't it Kerry?  I'm not sure what I would choose and am glad it isn't something real that I have to deal with.  Hugs to you.

  12. spiralclick profile image54
    spiralclickposted 5 years ago

    Common Sense smile

    As I feel that I lack this already and most of people like me around does....

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha-that's a good one.  Well, besides common sense-I'm referring to the 5 senses of smell, sight, touch,hearing and taste.  smile  Thanks for your clever response.

    2. profile image0
      Kerry43posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was thinking about my sixth sense too, lol. But, I often wonder if I have mastered the obvious

  13. lone77star profile image82
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    For me, it would have to be taste.

    Most of the sense of taste actually comes from smell. Taste is rather coarse in its definition -- sweet, sour, salty, etc. But all of the nuances of "taste" come from smell.

    Sight might be easier to give up if I could ever make permanent my spiritual awakening. On one occasion, in 1971, for a few moments, I could see quite clearly without my human eyes. And only recently (a couple of weeks ago) did I realize that ego was what made me blind again -- 41 years to figure out that little detail. I hope I continue to have such discoveries. Being able to see without Homo sapiens eyeballs would be pretty cool. Knowing that I am a spiritual and immortal child of God is even more cool.

    I suspect that I wouldn't need any of my physical senses once I fully re-awaken. The physical senses can be so distracting sometimes.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lone77star-I always enjoy reading your comments, because I can relate so well to what you are saying, and the quest that you are on.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your input on this subject.  Namaste.

  14. snapbackbetty profile image67
    snapbackbettyposted 5 years ago

    I think I would go without smell. My sinuses are really bad so my nose stays stopped up a lot any way. I enjoy not being able to smell some of the bad smells from day to day. I really depend too much on all my other senses.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      lol  That's a good way to rationalize your decision, Betty.  Thanks for commenting.  smile

  15. simpelandcheap profile image61
    simpelandcheapposted 5 years ago

    Smell for me, as long as I can hear, see, and feel, I'll be ok.

    1. Denise Handlon profile image89
      Denise Handlonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hello simpelandcheap-thanks for your response here.  smile

  16. mrpooper profile image59
    mrpooperposted 5 years ago

    I'd go without sight. Our sight is the first sense used. If effects how we judge things. Pretty thins get better interaction then ugly. Without sight, you couldn't "judge a book by it's cover", as the saying goes. You would need to explore everything deeper.

 
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