96% don’t want to know expiration date

Watched ‘The Bucket List‘ on the UA flight 405 from LGA to DEN, Jack Nicholson + Morgan Freeman.. I blog this as I watch it to the end. Love hearing Morgan narrate. Masterful.

Morgan’s character’s a trivia buff, cited a stat- of a 1,000 people surveyed, 96% don’t want to know the date of their life’s end.

Yet it’s certain. Not sure what the ignorance does. I’ve given that day some thought over my years, probably younger than most.. What I hypothetically dread is pain or loneliness or blood or hospital residency or life support (of any kind) or prolonged wearing out of my earthly tent. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to get there any sooner, but I would prefer that it’d happen fast and unconciously. (See, I can be reflective.)

So the idea of the bucket list and the popular web 2.0 portal 43things is listing all the things you’d want to do in a lifetime. For people who like planning, that’s fine for them.

I hate planning– even for the next meal, much less tomorrow. But have to do that planning thing for everyday life in the real world.

I don’t not have a big list. For me, I do have a few to-do’s on my short list. I’ll add more as I go. Hit the ground a-running. One is to travel more internationally, experience more world cities. I’ve only been to 3 in my adult life. I’m anticipating Tokyo is next. Have to figure out (and plan) how that’ll happen. Tips are welcomed. Harigatogajiamus.

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6 Responses

  1. david says:

    i’ve heard that those stats have virtually flipped in the past few generations
    apparently knowing ahead of time that you had x days left used to be preferable so you could plan family stuff, tie up loose ends and make sure you were in good standing with whichever deity. people used to be more fearful of unexpected or sudden death than a known date.

    interesting stuff.

  2. djchuang says:

    David, thanks for the comment. I did some Googling, and you’re right, there are a couple of surveys with higher %ages of those who want to know:: (1) as high as 23% of college students wanted to know (cf. Survey of Death Attitudes at Trinity) and 35% of adults wanted to know (cf. April 2008 press release by Sensors Quality Management about its recent survey of 4,000 North American adults who were asked, “Would you want to know the exact date that you were going to die?”)

    For the minority who’d like to know, there’s online calculators at http://www.deathclock.com and http://www.deathdate.info that estimates death date.

  3. david says:

    that’s interesting that the trend is moving back somewhat toward wanting to know rather than not. i wonder why that is? I also wonder why it is that we had recently stopped fearing sudden unexpected death and actually preferred it?

    geez.. maybe i’ll stop pondering for now.. that bony hand on my shoulder is creeping me out.

  4. t says:

    here’s some hints. pretty much everything i remember from high school japanese:
    arigato gozaimasu. (thank you very much)
    watashi wa desu. (i’m dj)
    namae desu ka? (what’s your name?)
    o genki desu ka? (how are you?)
    genki desu (good)
    chotto matte kudasai (excuse me please)
    kudasai (please)
    shimbun (newspaper)
    gaban (bag)

  5. Reminds me of Dan Merchant in Lord Save Me from Your Followers…in response to his question about where we go when we die, an interviewee said, “Well that’s the million dollar question isn’t it. I believe in life after death. What it is I do not know, and I’ll probably be wondering that until I find out”, then Dan said, “There’s only one way to find it out.”