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Quality vs. Quantity

Yep, sure eating cottage cheese again. Well, actually, "eaten". *groans* Perhaps stopping before the 500g mark would have been a good idea.

I've been struggling with this concept for years, and I would really like to hear a different perspective on it. My topic: quality of life versus quantity.

On one hand, I believe in quality over quantity. I would rather die at 30 and have lived life to my satisfaction, than live to be 90, afraid of doing anything. *insert groans* Corny, but true. This goes as well for life support and the elderly. I don't know if I would want to continue living if I could not take care of myself, or if I have something like Alzheimer's, and have my mind robbed from me.

Then there is the argument that you do not own your life. Is it co-owned by all that know you as well? Are you an extremely selfish person if you found out you had a disease and you wanted it to run its course instead of fighting it for a few more meager years? People have claimed that your life is yours, and you do with it as you see fit, but how can you do that with a clear conscience with all the lives that you will affect with your passing? As well, if it's your life, why is suicide the most selfish option of all?

I still think I would want quality, but not only for my life, but also the quality in which I affect others.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 1st, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
And apparently, you want quality in the type of food you eat and the amount. Cottage cheese, blah.
dreamfilled
Feb. 2nd, 2004 02:24 am (UTC)
*raspberries* Do not judge me on my cottage cheese splurges! How about something more creative... like my lettuce, cheese, and ketchup sandwiches? *grins*
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2004 06:11 pm (UTC)
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isn't that we are to suffer here in order to show we are worthy later. so I have to go with quanity. More suffering the better.
dreamfilled
Feb. 2nd, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)
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*shakes head* I would have to disagree with you. I think that is too pessimistic for me. To me, life is about learning, not suffering. Therefore, should it be about what we learned and how we applied it (quality)?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:48 am (UTC)
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ignorance is bliss. As you become more aware of everything around you then you are more capable to suffer.
dreamfilled
Feb. 3rd, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
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I believe it was Thomas Gray who said, "Where ignorance is bliss, / ?Tis folly to be wise." So, are we fools for acquiring knowledge? That seems slightly contradictory... *scratches head*
(Anonymous)
Feb. 3rd, 2004 07:48 pm (UTC)
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but strangely true. Have you never become aware of something, about someone, that you were like, I wish I didn't know that.
Even you Jez, become more knowledgable this summer, and did it not cause you to suffer?
dreamfilled
Feb. 4th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
Ouch.
*smiles sadly* Wow, that hit a nerve.

At any rate, I believe suffering is only temporary. I have learned so many lessons this past year, that I feel that I have become a more complete (even better?) person for it. I won't lie... at times, it bloody hurts, but I also have good things like memories and close friends to help me through those times.

*shrugs* I wouldn't have given up any of this for the world.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 4th, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Ouch.
Anyway, I won't bother you with my jaded view of life no more. Thanks for sparring.
dreamfilled
Feb. 4th, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
*bows and grins* You were an excellent opponent.
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