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This article explains what changes one might undergo in their lives when we consider a hypothetical situation where everyone knows the exact date and means of their death. To fend off our paralysing existential terror of death, we began to cling harder to foundational cultural beliefs and strive to boost our sense of self-worth. The death anxiety triggers us to favour people with similar thinking as ours and hate people with different thoughts than ours; we become more nihilistic and become less concerned about caring for the environment.


When we are told about the means of our death and how it would impact our families, we tend to behave very differently. We may become more altruistic and our priorities in life may also change. Depending on various personality types, people may react differently. Some people may spend more time on self-development, some may spend their remaining days happily, some may spend those days on curing their illness due to which they may die. Religion might also be affected greatly if we consider this hypothetical situation. Family, relations and marriages also might get affected. We might have to grapple with new laws and norms in our social life as well. Some might resort to self-death while some might throw parties before their deaths. Our ways of life would be profoundly changed due to this.

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Words to learn from this Article:

Lurk – be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something

Ambiguity – the quality of being open to more than one interpretation; inexactness

Hypothesis – a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth

Fend – defend oneself from a blow, attack, or attacker

Contemptuous – showing contempt; scornful; disrespectful

Charismatic – exercising a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others

Nihilistic – rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless

Xenophobic – having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries

Pre-ordain – decide or determine (an outcome or course of action) beforehand

Elicit – evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone

Altruistic – showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish

Insularity – ignorance of or lack of interest in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one’s own experience

Imminently – very soon

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Contemplate – look thoughtfully for a long time at

Incessantly – without interruption; constantly

Profound – very great or intense

Mortician – very great or intense

Semblance – the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different

Quiver – tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion

Euthanasia – the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma

Undermine – lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously


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