If you could only keep one of your five senses, which would you save?
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.
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.
Sight. Love being able to see my kids and their kids and the happy faces of my dogs.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Touch. Hands down. Nothing can replace the care you understand from a simple touch. Everybody needs it, as far as I'm concerned.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely sight. Smell and taste are nowhere in the running. Hearing is a close second.
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.
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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