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Your choice of deaths - Ed Brock

Here's one of those horrible rhetorical questions for you that I usually don't even try to answer.

Let's say somebody came to you, God for example or some other spiritual being, and gave you a choice of deaths. You could die today peacefully, painlessly, an instant transition to the next plane.

Or you could live a long life but one that will end horribly, in your worst possible nightmare death like burning alive or being torn to pieces by a wild beast.

Which would you choose?

You could drop out of the human race now, quick and clean, or you can have a life, watch your children grow up, experience everything the world has to offer including a terrifying termination.

What to do, what to do?

That's the kind of choice that makes you appreciate the blissful ignorance most of us have regarding the exact time, place and method of our death. Don't ask me what got me thinking about this.

Oh, you insist on knowing, do you? Well, I believe it started as I pondered the case of Terri Schiavo.

I was actually cutting my yard at the time, I remember that, too. Mowing the grass and thinking about poor Terri Schiavo.

Now, Terri wasn't in that same exact situation, but the idea of the right to choose your own death is definitely part of her story. I was going to write a protest against this movement to investigate whether her husband waited too long to call 911, but I don't have enough information on that right now.

But then I segued into that question and got stuck there.

Personally, now that I have a daughter, I think I would go with the long life and horrible death. I want to see her grow up and if that means I'll catch Ebola and bleed out through every orifice when I'm 80 then so be it.

However, I think the question is a good exercise for focusing on what we consider important in our lives. Do we live for ourselves and our own comfort, or do we live for others and for the greater rewards of life?

And just how daring are we in pursuing those more sublime goals?

You don't have to answer me now. You don't actually have to answer me at all. Keep the answer to your self, but do answer it.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipal governments for the News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or at ebrock@news-daily.com .