If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would you save?

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  1. mikielikie profile image61
    mikielikieposted 10 years ago

    If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would you save?

  2. Laura Schneider profile image85
    Laura Schneiderposted 10 years ago

    I would keep touch. I could remember well enough sounds, tastes, smells, and some sights. However, touch would allow me to read, navigate on my own, and generally be independent and investigative.

    Hopefully this reality never strikes any of us, however: all of our senses are precious and work together to create our life-experience. I know someone who lost taste and smell, and he/she was still significantly affected by it years after the car ran him/her down in the crosswalk, imparting severe brain damage.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image85
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting. Most everyone else answered "sight". Hmm. Growing up with a blind friend, you almost forgot she was blind--she "saw" with her hands, nose, ears, and sense of heat. (I.e. She ALWAYS won Hide-n-seek). I could learn to see that way.

  3. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    Sight.  Love being able to see my kids and their kids and the happy faces of my dogs.

  4. gail641 profile image68
    gail641posted 10 years ago

    I would want to keep my eyesight. I wouldn't want to be blind. I would want to be able to see everything. It would be hard to lose the other four senses, though. It would be hard not to be able to taste, smell, hear and touch.

  5. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 10 years ago

    Without any hesitation, I would hold on to,"sight."   Truly, I cannot imagine, never being able to see all the beauty that exists.....everywhere.... my loved ones, nature and the printed word.....
    We can substitute in several ways, to hear and speak, if this was a burden we had to carry.....Because we had these senses for many years, our memory of sounds can get us through...and to replace speaking.....we can learn sign, use the new technical devices that are now available....and WRITE!  Fairly easy for a writer, wouldn't you agree?
    Our senses are such awesome gifts...and we don't "think" about being without any....but we should always be so grateful......Good question.

  6. Daughter Of Maat profile image95
    Daughter Of Maatposted 10 years ago

    My answer is probably partially biased because of my previous career, but my vision. I'll still be able to see my husbands beautiful face and his gorgeous blue eyes as long as I have my vision. I'd also be able to do my crafts such as cross stitching and crochet, and I'd be able to read my microbiology books etc.

  7. BlissfulWriter profile image73
    BlissfulWriterposted 10 years ago

    Of course, the sense of sight is the most important.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image85
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Perhaps to you, but I don't think that that is a foregone conclusion. Imagine Beethoven, for example, unable to hear his own compositions or the roar of the crowds when the pieces ended... composing beautifully just upon memory of each note...

  8. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 10 years ago

    My Eyes, of course. They are the most precious, I think, without which life is not worth living. What is life if you are not able to see your loved ones, the beauty of nature. Though all senses are equally important and living without them would be a difficult compromise, EYES are the most indispensable I think.

  9. BigSerious profile image88
    BigSeriousposted 10 years ago

    Touch. Hands down. Nothing can replace the care you understand from a simple touch. Everybody needs it, as far as I'm concerned.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image85
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed! Also, without touch you are likely to get injured more often because you can't feel the hammer hit your thumbnail, how hot your coffee/shower is, or that the stove is still too hot to touch. Pain is key to safety, just as it is to pleasure..

  10. Amanda108 profile image90
    Amanda108posted 10 years ago

    My sight. While touch is an important one to emotional health, I'm honestly not fond of being touched to begin with. Of course I'd miss it, but not to the extent I'd miss being able to see, I believe.

  11. lois sunday profile image60
    lois sundayposted 10 years ago

    sight. that's the most important, i think.

  12. sleepylog profile image60
    sleepylogposted 10 years ago

    Definitely my sight, I couldn't imagine not being able to see my kids, my partner, my family and friends or the beautiful world we live in. I also rely on my car very and I would hate to lose the independence and freedom that being able to drive gives me.

  13. Dr. Haddox profile image60
    Dr. Haddoxposted 10 years ago

    I would keep eyesight. It would be difficult without the other senses, but I would probably last longer in the hostile environment that we call civilized society if I could see. Hearing is pretty important, but I have seen many people compensate for hearing (being a doctor, I have seen a lot). Feeling, tasting and smelling are very important survival mechanisms that we often take for granted until we have lost them.
    As you may notice, as a physician, I am focused, primarily, upon the survival of the human organism.
    At best, survival is extremely difficult in the world that we live in today. It is so easy for those of us, who have a more privileged existence, to not see the difficulty of survival that many face living in the greater global communities of the world.
    We should contemplate these things from time to time. Thank you for helping us to do just that.
    Dr. Haddox

    1. A_K profile image73
      A_Kposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      With my sight and the brain to process of information, I am sure I can make up for the loss by devising new methods. I am sure your question allows me to keep my brain intact.

    2. Laura Schneider profile image85
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      And thank you, Dr. Haddox, for reminding us that we DO need to comtemplate these things. We always have lived in the global world, but now we are all interconnected and interdependant in ways we couldn't forsee even in the very recent past.

  14. Seeker7 profile image81
    Seeker7posted 10 years ago

    It would need to be my sight. Missing the beauty all around me would be too much to loose. So yes, definately, I would keep sight.

  15. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 10 years ago

    Definitely Sight. I don't want to burden anyone else with my disability. For the rest of the senses, i could go without them even though it would be a difficult task.

  16. philli profile image63
    philliposted 10 years ago

    Definitely sight. Smell and taste are nowhere in the running. Hearing is a close second.

  17. gypsumgirl profile image73
    gypsumgirlposted 10 years ago

    I would have to say that I would save my sight.  Although touch is a close second, I would be able to imagine the touch from seeing the action.

  18. Abby Campbell profile image74
    Abby Campbellposted 10 years ago

    Sight!  I couldn't bare to live with seeing my children's beautiful faces... or to see my husband smile... or just look at God's beautiful creation.


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