Okay, I'm going to really restrain myself from offending anyone, but it is clear to me from the YES responses that either you people have not taken the time to really self-reflect on yourself and life and the meaning of this question, or else there are a lot of people who need some SERIOUS psychiatric help.You know, every intelligent thread that we create on this forum causes at least one troll to come and upset the party by going off-topic and getting all disrespectful.
Second, MMT, this whole 5 years question is extremely childish and stupid. For someone who is always proclaiming their sophistication and intelligence --I'm sorry, but it's rather immature. It's like one of those games adolescent boys play such as: would you do X to sleep with a supermodel?
Well, I'm awfully sorry, but someone like you calling me childish and stupid has given me the biggest laugh for a long time.
Firstly, there is nothing childish about the question. It was a straightforward and deliberately abstracted question designed to generate debate and deep thought, something that you seem to have misunderstood, which is no surprise as most of the conversation here clearly goes over your head - no pun intended.
You calling me stupid doesn't even need a response - my intellect and education trumps yours on every measure, so you're just being plain rude.
What I think that you were trying to say is that you don't agree, but your lack of intellect doesn't make it easy for you to see the difference between something that is stupid, and something that you do not agree with.
First of all, do any of you who answered "yes" plan on being parents? Have any of you ever lost parents, a child or loved ones? How's this question: what would you give to have them around for 5 more years? What's your answer jackass?
I'll ignore the use of bad language, because I guess that you cannot help yourself - it's a class thing.
But if you were more intelligent, you would realise that people who do LL already give up about five years of their lives. That is the subtle nuance of my question that the more intelligent members of the community have grasped, but you haven't.
The time that people spend researching, participating in this forum, weighing-up options, saving up the money needed, undergoing the procedure, recovering and returning to normal life can take years, as covered by MedStudent
.The second dimension, one that will be even more difficult for you to grasp, is that time alone means nothing - intelligent people understand that quality is more important.To unpack that for you, Kidrobot, it means that whilst less intelligent, less-applied people are happy to lead a mediocre life, a deeply intelligent person would rather live 3 years close to perfection, than 5 years in unhappiness.
Legolas has explained this beautifully, although I suspect you'll find it hard to follow what he is saying
--but if you're willing to lose five years of your life over this then it means it has become some kind of holy grail, all consuming obsession that you think will suddenly solve all of your problems --guys it will not--
Who said that it would?
This height obsession is preventing you from seeing things clearly. And by the way, the whole question is vague: lose 5 years? Which 5 years? At the tailend of your life? During you're twenties?
OK, Einstein, help to educate me here - how could you lose five years out of the middle of your life, exactly? Surely if you live for five years less, it would mean five years off the end of your life? Unless you're aware of some amazing new concept in Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Theory that I missed when doing my degree at Oxford?
MMT, I think your question was indeed revealing after all --some of you have a mental sickness.
How can my question reveal that people have 'a mental sickness' [sic]. (The correct expression would be mental illness).
Your response was more revealing than my answer - a small-minded person lacking in vision, intellect and vocabulary who is frightened of change, and incapable of deep, analytical thought.It's just as well you're not a fan of LL - if you have problems with your life, it's not your height holding you back, but your mind
It's interesting how the first people to call others stupid are always those lacking in intelligence themselves!