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Old 05-16-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Being glad you were born is a rather subjective and quite selfish viewpoint, isn't it?

 
Old 05-16-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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LOL I don't think so, jtur. I think that being glad that you are alive when everyone else in the (house, car, town, state, country) is dead is kinda selfish. But I support that kind of selfishness. It is what makes us alive and keeps us going. Wishing one was dead because everyone else in the group or family dies is 'way too far over self-sacrificing. Same with being glad you were born - it is the nature of humanimals to struggle and to stay alive, even and especially when everyone else around them is dying. Notable exceptions are the sheeple and lemmings who follow any saviour into a keg of koolaid, onto the starship, or over a fiscal cliff.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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LOL I don't think so, jtur. I think that being glad that you are alive when everyone else in the (house, car, town, state, country) is dead is kinda selfish. But I support that kind of selfishness. It is what makes us alive and keeps us going. Wishing one was dead because everyone else in the group or family dies is 'way too far over self-sacrificing. Same with being glad you were born - it is the nature of humanimals to struggle and to stay alive, even and especially when everyone else around them is dying. Notable exceptions are the sheeple and lemmings who follow any saviour into a keg of koolaid, onto the starship, or over a fiscal cliff.
I didn't' mean selfish as a value judgment. I meant selfish in the influence it has on the metrics of what then ceases to be a valid statistical sample. The survey is flawed, because the only people you are surviving are the ones who have survived.

If you surveyed a random sample or both living and dead people, and asked if they are contended in their present states, you would then have a valid sample.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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LOL I don't think so, jtur. I think that being glad that you are alive when everyone else in the (house, car, town, state, country) is dead is kinda selfish. But I support that kind of selfishness. It is what makes us alive and keeps us going. Wishing one was dead because everyone else in the group or family dies is 'way too far over self-sacrificing. Same with being glad you were born - it is the nature of humanimals to struggle and to stay alive, even and especially when everyone else around them is dying. Notable exceptions are the sheeple and lemmings who follow any saviour into a keg of koolaid, onto the starship, or over a fiscal cliff.
I didn't' mean selfish as a value judgment. I meant selfish in the influence it has on the metrics of what then ceases to be a valid statistical sample. The survey is flawed, because the only people you are surviving are the ones who have survived.

If you surveyed a random sample or both living and dead people, and asked if they are contended in their present states, you would then have a valid sample. If almost everybody said yes, what would that prove?
 
Old 05-16-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Did you mean to say "contended" or "contented"? Because those are two very different questions!

Since it is all subjective opinion anyway - "Are you happy you were born or no?" Even the hypothetical questioning of dead people - or the unborn - would be subjective.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 08:37 PM
 
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I think we should be glad to have the time thats gave to us and not sweat the ups and downs we all go thrue!
 
Old 05-16-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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I am glad and thankful that my birth was (1) to the mom and dad to whom I was born, (2) in the U.S., the greatest nation on Earth and (3) in Texas, the greatest State in that great nation. There are many other reasons I'm glad I was born but these three first come to mind.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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[quote=SCGranny;8844316]Did you mean to say "contended" or "contented"? Because those are two very different questions!

Spell Czech mist that won.
 
Old 05-16-2009, 11:05 PM
 
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Time for me to watch "it's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart for the 50th time.
 
Old 05-17-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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It doesn't matter whether I'm happy to be born or not, the fact is that I was.
Besidez I could only truly answer this question right before dying.
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