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Sight or sound ... you choose

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by shadowritten, Oct 28, 2005.

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  1. I'd lose my hearing

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  2. I'd lose my sight

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  1. shadowritten

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    This is a discussion I've had with many people that always seems to get some interesting responses:

    If you HAD to lose either your sense of sight, or your sense of hearing, which would it be?

    Most people automatically respond by saying they'd lose their hearing ... except me. To live in a world without music, in particular, and sounds in general would be a living hell for me. I really wouldn't enjoy life anywhere near as much.

    What say you all?
     
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    ill never want to or never plan to lose either but if it was my fate in a life or death siutation id have my hearing taken.
     
  3. shahedz

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    if faced with the decision,i would lose my hearing too, i personally i feel that i can achieve more in life with my eyes rather than my hearing
     
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    id rather be dead than blind!

    no offence to all the blind avforums readers!
     
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    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
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    I can think of little that would frighten me as much as being blind. Never mind hearing, I'd give up limbs in order to keep my sight.
     
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    This is just my opinion/experience, but I find sight makes people more prejudice.

    I once had a fear that I was a racist! Sounds silly, but whenever I saw black youths amassed on the Tube, I'd start to get a bit worried for my safety. Then I realised - with equal horror! - that I wasn't racist, but classist! Men and women of any ethnic origin who were smartly dressed and well behaved didn't bother me a jot. And that's when I began to realise how much my sight contributes, largely unwittingly, to my personal prejudices.

    If reincarnation is real (I believe it is), then I'm choosing to come back blind next time round, so I can train this awful prejudice out of my system!!
     
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    I'm choosing to come back as a deaf pornstar... you'd never hear the director shout 'cut' :D
     
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    Games, you are sounding more sober now!!

    Shadow...chill buddy! that isn't prejudice just realism, even though I understand what you are saying the reality is you are highly unlikely to be done over by a bunch of stockbrokers!

    Personally, I would opt for sight.......after all films have sub titles
     
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    Dude...respect, as ever you have cut to the chase ;-)
     
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    Erm, that's a good thing, surely...

    From experience, you're more likely to have trouble from a group of chavs in hoodies, than a group of smartly-dressed businessmen.

    Eyes are really good at helping us to make these judgements: smelly, hairy, dirty man laying in the doorway? Ah, that'll be a tramp then. Best avoid. Spitting, glaring, restless youth in a hoodie? Could be a mugger, or just an annoyed chav: best avoid either way.

    After all, stereotypes are based on observations: they're not created out of thin air.
     
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    For a long time, I'd have said that I'd rather lose my hearing, as I reckon it would be far easier in life to get along without it, rather than losing sight.

    However, I reckon in the long term I'd get used to being blind, but the thought of not being able to be involved in or listen to music - which is my main hobby - yes, even more so than home cinema and gaming! - would be soul-destroying in the long term. Yes, I know that there are a very, very small number of extremely gifted musicians around who are deaf (awesome percussionist Evelyn Glennie springs to mind), but as a singer, I just don't feel I'd be able to perform at all if I couldn't hear what I, or others, were doing.

    The idea that I'd never be able to listen to Supper's Ready by Genesis again (almost certainly the greatest song ever written!) would be tough to take as well.
     
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    Your eyes are more useful than your ears - try it now
     
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    No offence mate, but i think i'd rather be deaf than have to listen to genesis! :eek: :D
     
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    Being blind confines you to a world of darkness where the only sight you have is in your minds eye.
    Being deaf confines you to a soundless world where making conversation is going to be hard and being denied the sound of pieces of music.

    With being deaf al least you can read books, watch subtitled programs or films and being sighted you can move around in the world.

    I wonder what sense of the see, hear, touch, taste and smell would be the one you would first give up if you had to make a choice?
     
  16. Miyazaki

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    well taste is dependent on smell, so you lose two senses for the price of one with smell.

    i can't see how you would lose the sense of touch, unless predator offered to skin you :D
     
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    What pious, self satisfying twaddle! (no offence)...
     
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    I think some people are thinking about this in romantic terms and others in rational ones.

    Yes it would be terrible to loose your hearing as with any sense, not to be able to hear music, voices, a running stream - psychologicaly it would be very distressing.

    But sight is out primary sense in functioning in the world above all others.
    The human world is designed to be moved around in by sight - warnings, obsticles etc - the natural world is certainly not suitable for people without vision - imagine being stranded in the middle of a forrest without sight .... and then without sound.

    You would be giving up far more opertunities and options - driveing, solo hiking, parachuting, looking at works of art, using the underground without assistance etc etc etc
     
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    Subtitles!
     
  20. Garrett

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    Yes taste is very dependent on smell although not 100% but how many times have you heard some one say yuk this taste like such and such a thing, eg some times cat pee, when they have never cat pee in their mouth but the taste is like the smell of cat pee.
     
  21. Miyazaki

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    Mate. White lightning can be had for very cheap these days, and although it tastes like cat pee it really isn't. Try drinking that instead of cat pee.
     
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    Easy, just try each for a day.
    Firstly go about your daily life with earplugs in for one day.
    The next day try to even get 100 metres out of the house with a blindfold on.
    If you haven't killed yourself in either of the two trials above then choose.
    I guarantee you will choose to keep your sight.

    Has anyone seen that without boundaries series on BBC recently. That pathetic deaf guy (who is probably the fitest of all of them) drives me nuts complaining when you see all the other disabled people really trying hard.
    I was really impressed by the courage that the blind guy had pushing the chairs up that rough terrain when he couldn't even see where he was going.

    -Neil
     
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    Sight. Life without being able to see would be unimaginable - as another chap said I would rather be dead. The things I would miss if I was blind:
    - Inability to be totally independent
    - Inability to do many types of physical exercise (running, cycling, sailing etc etc)
    - Inability to partake is SO many activities - or even to enjoy as a spectator
    - Unable to drive (something I do enjoy)
    - Inability to be able to fully appreciate the wonderful Countryside we are blessed with
    - Unable to appreciate the Internet, PC Games, Movies and TV (alot would be lost without sound but at least subtitles exist!)

    I wouldn't want to be deaf either - but I could probably live with it if it happened. Without wanting to offend anyone with strong feelings on the subject but if I lost my sight I would rather die.
     
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    For some, perhaps. For me, a sincere admission.

    No offence taken. :smashin:
     

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