(POLL) Which capability/sense would you rather lose?

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Which capability/sense would you rather lose?

  • Vision

  • Hearing

  • Smell

  • Taste

  • No legs

  • No arms


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If you had to lose one of these capabilities/senses your body has, which would it be?

1. Vision
2. Hearing
3. Smell
4. Taste
5. No legs
6. No arms

You know, people could often find their disability as a blessing. I've seen God allow people to lose these capabilities and turn them into wonderful things in the person's heart. With suffering, we are given great understanding that open up our hearts to change usually. But even so if you don't want to decide from a biblical perspective, which would you rather lose for whatever reason at all?
 

Poinsetta

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#2
Taste can come and go i would feel the same. I can lose taste for example but not feeling.
 
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Taste can come and go i would feel the same. I can lose taste for example but not feeling.
I bet taste would win the votes actually. but I think ppl in America would beg to switch their loss when they feel hungry and would remember back on the taste of their favorite burgers, steaks, pastas, desserts, etc. If most people lost it, restaurants would be no more.
 

tourist

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#4
I voted for losing the sense of smell but of course, without that sense you would lose your sense of taste as well. Losing either of the senses listed would be a very hard thing to accept and to adapt in order to maintain any quality of life.
 

CharliRenee

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#5
Hard for me to chose, sight and appendages would require much of His grace, comfort, and strength. I guess that is true with all of them.
 
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Hard for me to chose, sight and appendages would require much of His grace, comfort, and strength. I guess that is true with all of them.
yeah its not easy because these are things we use every day and all day with just about everything we do. It's not pleasant or even decent to lose one or the other.
 

Miri

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#7
I chose not to lose any.

Life is hard enough without wishing further tragedy on oneself.

Oh and in the event that something does happen, believe me God provides
you with the strength and grace to endure. He never gives us more than we
can deal with or leaves us without the strength and resources to get through.

Oh and in case you think i am being a spoil sport I’m really not. Just talking from the
perspective of enduring several incredibly difficult years.

Even losing your sense of taste, seemingly a minor thing, its very hard to
cope with. Your sense of smell is linked to sense of taste. I know someone with
no sense of smell, they tell me everything tastes bland like cardboard. They have
no appetite.

They don’t know if there is a gas leak, they have no idea if they smell sweaty or
not. They cannot tell if food has gone off or of the drains are blocked and need
cleaning.

Also loss of sense of smell can be associated with more serious medical conditions
like brain tumours, dementia, etc,

The person I know, lost their sense of smell in a car accident which resulted in a
brain injury, she also cannot speak and only makes grunting noises. Before she
sang in the worship team and spoke 3 languages.

Now she can’t speak, can’t smell and is in a wheelchair. Yet she is as intelligent as
anyone else and fully understands anything around her.

I should think that if my friend was to explain which was the worse, it would
be not being able to speak. If you can’t speak people think you are stupid, they
ignore you as it’s too much effort to communicate with you, you can’t express your
emotions and needs. People think you are ignoring them because you don’t
answer their questions. They treat you as a lesser human being. You can’t tell
people how much you love them or even say thank you.

My friend uses a combination of grunts, signs and writing to communicate but
many people just ignore her as they feel uncomfortable being around someone
who grunts and squeaks when she tries to talk.

Moral of the story, don’t wish any loss on yourself.
 

CharliRenee

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Nov 4, 2014
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#8
I chose not to lose any.

Life is hard enough without wishing further tragedy on oneself.

Oh and in the event that something does happen, believe me God provides
you with the strength and grace to endure. He never gives us more than we
can deal with or leaves us without the strength and resources to get through.

Oh and in case you think i am being a spoil sport I’m really not. Just talking from the
perspective of enduring several incredibly difficult years.

Even losing your sense of taste, seemingly a minor thing, its very hard to
cope with. Your sense of smell is linked to sense of taste. I know someone with
no sense of smell, they tell me everything tastes bland like cardboard. They have
no appetite.

They don’t know if there is a gas leak, they have no idea if they smell sweaty or
not. They cannot tell if food has gone off or of the drains are blocked and need
cleaning.

Also loss of sense of smell can be associated with more serious medical conditions
like brain tumours, dementia, etc,

The person I know, lost their sense of smell in a car accident which resulted in a
brain injury, she also cannot speak and only makes grunting noises. Before she
sang in the worship team and spoke 3 languages.

Now she can’t speak, can’t smell and is in a wheelchair. Yet she is as intelligent as
anyone else and fully understands anything around her.

I should think that if my friend was to explain which was the worse, it would
be not being able to speak. If you can’t speak people think you are stupid, they
ignore you as it’s too much effort to communicate with you, you can’t express your
emotions and needs. People think you are ignoring them because you don’t
answer their questions. They treat you as a lesser human being. You can’t tell
people how much you love them or even say thank you.

My friend uses a combination of grunts, signs and writing to communicate but
many people just ignore her as they feel uncomfortable being around someone
who grunts and squeaks when she tries to talk.

Moral of the story, don’t wish any loss on yourself.
Again, well said...as someone who can not smell, and (I hope I am not offensive here), it is not all bad. When I was growing up and was saddened by not being able to smell the food cooking or the fresh smells after a rain, my mama and dad set me down and 1st described the smells to me. Then, they went on to tell me how we all have different things, some missing, some too much of, it just is a part of life. They went on to tell me that the solution to any problem is in the way we respond to it. Finally, my dad being a joker said, "Hey, look at it this way... God gave you lots of gas, so be thankful for the gift of no smell, because right now, I'm wishing I had that gift too" . Hahaha... we all laughed.
 
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#9
I chose not to lose any.

Life is hard enough without wishing further tragedy on oneself.

Oh and in the event that something does happen, believe me God provides
you with the strength and grace to endure. He never gives us more than we
can deal with or leaves us without the strength and resources to get through.

Oh and in case you think i am being a spoil sport I’m really not. Just talking from the
perspective of enduring several incredibly difficult years.

Even losing your sense of taste, seemingly a minor thing, its very hard to
cope with. Your sense of smell is linked to sense of taste. I know someone with
no sense of smell, they tell me everything tastes bland like cardboard. They have
no appetite.

They don’t know if there is a gas leak, they have no idea if they smell sweaty or
not. They cannot tell if food has gone off or of the drains are blocked and need
cleaning.

Also loss of sense of smell can be associated with more serious medical conditions
like brain tumours, dementia, etc,

The person I know, lost their sense of smell in a car accident which resulted in a
brain injury, she also cannot speak and only makes grunting noises. Before she
sang in the worship team and spoke 3 languages.

Now she can’t speak, can’t smell and is in a wheelchair. Yet she is as intelligent as
anyone else and fully understands anything around her.

I should think that if my friend was to explain which was the worse, it would
be not being able to speak. If you can’t speak people think you are stupid, they
ignore you as it’s too much effort to communicate with you, you can’t express your
emotions and needs. People think you are ignoring them because you don’t
answer their questions. They treat you as a lesser human being. You can’t tell
people how much you love them or even say thank you.

My friend uses a combination of grunts, signs and writing to communicate but
many people just ignore her as they feel uncomfortable being around someone
who grunts and squeaks when she tries to talk.

Moral of the story, don’t wish any loss on yourself.
Well then you don't get to vote. I'm sure you're okay with that.
 

Poinsetta

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Nov 24, 2018
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#10
My sense of smell i would like to keep. Like a dog with instincts.
 

Poinsetta

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#11
When Jesus Christ becomes your life, it’s amazing what you no longer need. #ListenTo

Charles Stanley
 

CharliRenee

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#14
My sense of smell i would like to keep. Like a dog with instincts.
I wish that I had more sense of smell. I rely on the Holy Spirit for those instincts. We all have poo that stinks, thankfully we have His help to clean it up.
 

Solemateleft

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#16
Given the options - I would choose to give up smell...
Taste would remain as a guilty pleasure... Oh but how much weight I would lose and money I would save if it were not for the taste of good food...
 

Poinsetta

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Nov 24, 2018
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#17
Given the options - I would choose to give up smell...
Taste would remain as a guilty pleasure... Oh but how much weight I would lose and money I would save if it were not for the taste of good food...
I thought. You liked the smell of wet dog.
 

seoulsearch

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Again, well said...as someone who can not smell, and (I hope I am not offensive here), it is not all bad. When I was growing up and was saddened by not being able to smell the food cooking or the fresh smells after a rain, my mama and dad set me down and 1st described the smells to me. Then, they went on to tell me how we all have different things, some missing, some too much of, it just is a part of life. They went on to tell me that the solution to any problem is in the way we respond to it. Finally, my dad being a joker said, "Hey, look at it this way... God gave you lots of gas, so be thankful for the gift of no smell, because right now, I'm wishing I had that gift too" . Hahaha... we all laughed.
Hi CharliRenee,

I was just curious, and I hope you don't mind be asking--do you have a tough time eating?

I was just wondering because I've thought about this before, that I would probably have to force myself to eat if food had no taste to me.

If you are unable to smell or taste, do you still have favorite foods? And if so, what makes them your favorites? The texture?

Feel free to PM me if you don't want to answer out in the open. :)
 

Solemateleft

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I thought. You liked the smell of wet dog.
I know, that's why I said choosing taste was a guilty pleasure - praying that my memory of the smell of my wet dog will stay with me forever...
 

Poinsetta

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Nov 24, 2018
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#20
I bet taste would win the votes actually. but I think ppl in America would beg to switch their loss when they feel hungry and would remember back on the taste of their favorite burgers, steaks, pastas, desserts, etc. If most people lost it, restaurants would be no more.
You haven’t answered yours.