Which one of your five senses would you sacrifice to save your life?

@megamatt (14331)
United States
April 28, 2010 11:25am CST
Here is a bit of a odd hypothetical situation that just randomly popped into my head that I felt like I had to share. Let's say that you were near death. However, there were five different ways to say your life. The only side effect of taking one of these choices would be that you would lose one of your senses should you take them. Each of them would make you lose a different sense. One would have lose the ability to see, another one have you lose the ability to hear, the other would have you lose the ability to smell, the other one would have you lose the ability to feel, and the other one would have you lose the ability to taste. A tough choice but each of them will be equally successful in saving your life and restoring you to health. They just have a different side effect. You have to choose one and just dying is not an option. Which one would you take? I am looking forward to reading your responses.
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17 responses
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Hi megamatt, I thought this would be easy to answer but it really was not at all. I value all of these senses so much. I guess that I could live without taste if given the choice. I love food and I would miss the taste so much but on a positive note, I'd probably be more apt to give up the unhealthier ones like chips and dip, coffee, etc. I'd just eat to ward off hunger so I'd just opt for all the veggies etc. I thought of giving up the sense of smell but that is too valuable for survival. I've smelled the smoke of a fire way before the alarm went off for example. I really think I'd go for the taste buds.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
3 May 10
Yes, it is not an easy answer. In fact, I think it would be harder if we actually are in this unfortunate situation, because it would be quite a snap decision. One that we might regret. Taste does seem to be behind smell and that is a good point, about smell being useful for survival in many cases. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
I would prefer to lose my sense of tasting.LOL. In this way, I can lose weight since I have no BIG appetite anymore. All other senses are essential to my life.hehe
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Taste - An example of the sense of taste in action.
Well that would be a good incentive to lose some weight that is for sure. I mean, the reason why many of us eat a lot of the foods that we should not. They just taste so good. However, if that was removed, then we would only eat what is necessary to live. Of course, I might go a bit insane when there is no taste. Still thank you for responding to this topic. It is much appreciated. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
29 Apr 10
I agree. I'd much rather give up my sense of taste over any other. That way I could actually eat some of the better foods for me and not have to worry about whether or not I actually LIKE the food.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
28 Apr 10
If I had to sacrifice one of my senses to save my life, the one sense would likely be my sense of smell. I could live without that. It would be hard since I love the scent of magnificent herbs, Spring flowers as well as the ocean and more but if I had to in order to live, I would have no problem with that. You are right, dying isn't an option. I am hoping that the one of the five choices had really good odds that I would survive regardless of the loss.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Nose - This is a picture of the human nose. It is most commonly used to smell, one of the five senses.
Yeah smell is the one that seems to be the easiest to adjust from. Sure, at first it will be hard to adjust. After a while, it would be easier to get used to. Still not that bad, given the other options. I think the other four might drive me personally to varying degrees of insanity. Still, the nose will no longer know, I guess. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated. Have a nice day.
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
28 Apr 10
Lol the nose will no longer know (anyway). Good one! You're welcome and thank you for your comment. I agree that to loose the sense of smell maybe the easiest to adjust to over time, for sure. I can not imagine going without being able to hear or see. Already I have to sometimes wear glasses, so I have a taste of what it is like to be missing out on the world through my eyes. Thanks again.
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
This is a very good question! I think it is really hard to choose but if I really need to select one then I think that would be the one with less importance. Of course for me all of them are of equal importance but I would rather select the ability to smell. I can't sacrifice my sense of sight because I still want to see my husband my 1 and 1/2 year old son growing and I still want to enjoy seeing the beautiful places I've never been. I can't give up my sense of hearing because I love to talk with my husband and hear his stories and the way he say he loves me and I still want to hear my son speak more while he is growing. I can't give up the ability to feel of course that is one of the hardest especially when my husband and son hugs me. And lastly I can't give up the ability to taste because what is eating without getting the taste of the food? I know this is not so important because you can still eat without tasting it but what I am after the the "happiness" you get when you "enjoyed" what you have eaten for its delicious and extraordinary taste. So I guess I made the right decision to just sacrifice my sense of smell to save my life. Goodbye colognes and perfumes and also bad odors around like environmental pollutions!
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
3 May 10
Yes, smell seems to be the one that has the least amount of downside. There are many great smells that it would be a shame not to smell. However, there are the fair share of bad smells that I would gladly say goodbye to. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
i would loose my ability to see, meaning - i would give up my sight to save my life. anyway, it might be a good way to develop a more sensitivity ears to listen more to others without prejudice. what do you think?
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
3 May 10
Yes, that is true. Not being able to see people might be a good way to sharpen our listening skills and not have any preconceived notions about what we think is true based on what we see. It might take some adjusting to live in the darkness, but given the fact that our listening skills might improve. Plus, there is always the belief that if you lose one sense, the other four improve dramatically. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
29 Apr 10
Hii megamatt Thats a really difficult question to answer.It think i would like to loose sense of smell if it is necessary to save my life.I think all other senses are far more important for me.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
29 Apr 10
sorry my internet connection is giving troubles.
@piya84 (2591)
• India
29 Apr 10
Thats a really difficult question to answer.It think i wold like to be mute if it is necessary to save my life.I think all other senses are far more important for me.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
3 May 10
Quite an interesting choice. Too true, I really don't need to speak but if that choice was given in this situation, I might part with it. Of course, whether or not I regret it later is up for debate. However, you never know what might happen and again, this is a situation that is made under an insane amount of pressure, given the circumstances. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and contributed to the topic as well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
29 Apr 10
If I were dying and given the chance to live by being able to pick one of the five senses to lose I would have to say taste because by still being able to smell I would have enough memory to remember what it smells like. Smell and taste somewhat go hand in hand. have a good night
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
29 Apr 10
Very true, but those two seem to be the popular answers so far. Smell more so but there have been a few taste choices. Still thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and contributed to the topic. Have a nice day and thanks!
• United States
29 Apr 10
I would sacrifice my sense of taste. I am a picky eater but I hate it. I would love to be able to eat anything I wanted whether I liked it or not. Everything else I would have to have. I thought about smell but there are just so many things that can smell so good. And in a way if you can smell how good the food smells then the taste doesnt seem as important to me. I would be eating tomatoes and anchovy pizzas and all sorts of crazy stuff!! I think I could actually have some fun without that sense! Great post by the way! Really got me thinking.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
29 Apr 10
You know, losing the sense of taste would be quite the way to curb many picky eating habits. However, it might not be for everyone. Still good point. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day!
• Australia
28 Apr 10
I'm afraid that my answer's not going to be a particularly original one. I would have to choose smell for the same reasons that have already been given. Smell is not a sense that I overly rely upon and, therefore, I'm in a better position to adjust to its abrupt disapearance. The other senses are just far too valuable. If smell was taken out of the equation, however, I would be willing to give up taste. As much as I would hate to lose it, I would happily sacrifice the ability to taste before any of the remaining senses.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Yep smell is the really obvious one due to how much it is told. There is a big gap between that sense and the other senses. However, taste may in fact be the next one on the list but it is a pretty big gap. Still perhaps it better than losing sight, sound, or touch. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated. It contributed well to the topic. Have a nice day.
• United States
28 Apr 10
Since you mentioned all the senses as an option I will definitely choose one of the minor ones. I think I would prefer to lose my sense of smell. I can't think of any particular smell I would hate to lose. Taste just is too amazing. I could never get rid of taste. But if I had to choose from the big senses, like seeing, feeling, or being deaf, I would prefer not being able to see. Just because hearing is important to me, there are so many beautiful sounds and feeling... well that was just be awful. Not to mention when you take sight away all the other senses would get better. I like being able to see but if I had to choose I could work with that. But for all the senses I would choose smell. That isn't as important lol.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Yes, smell seems to be the one with the least amount of downside. I mean, you can just go down the list and there will be a lot of downsides the more that you think of it. However while smell does have some, it does have the least. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated. Have a nice day!
28 Apr 10
this question is pretty tough..I don't think I can't choose..coz' by losing your sense of smell you can also lose you sense of taste because they are connected with each other , just observe when you have a cold..and also I can't imagine life without seeing the ones I love and also not hearing their sweet voices..I might rather die than losing it.. :))
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Very true, it is a hard touch. Every one of them will have drawbacks and over time, we might regret them in certain days. I really hope this will never happen to anyone, where they have to make such a choice. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated. Have a nice day.
@urbandekay (18312)
28 Apr 10
Smell all the best urban
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
A chart that details the five senses.  - This is a chart that details the five senses. The senses of smell, sight, touch, sound, and taste. It is used as a visual aid for this post.
Yes, that seems to be the one that I would do the more that I think about it. Of course, I am sure that there are a few who might disagree with me. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
28 Apr 10
I would sacrifice the ability to smell I really depend on my other senses but I dont use smell that often
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Yes, I think smell does have the least downside. Of course, that really depends on your experiences, but there are more downsides with the others. Not there is not a downside with smelling but if you had to choose one, that might be the best choice. Thank you for your response, it is much appreciated. Have a nice day!
• United States
28 Apr 10
I was so ready to answer this one. But,you took my option away from me. I would not choose any of the above to save my life. I could not see myself living in total darkness. I could not imagine not tasting ice tea or sugar for that matter. Then your talking about me not hearing my daughter laugh or cry for me. No I could not see any of the above worth choosing. This is a nice post by the way. But I choose to continue reading till I can pick an answer.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
28 Apr 10
Yes, I did not want to make it too easy. I mean, when I came up with this topic, I knew that perhaps about a good majority of the people reading would decide to just rather die then lose one of their senses. I am even coming up with trouble finding the right answer. It can be quite the puzzler, in many ways. In fact if I had to make a snap decision should this situation have really happened, I am not sure what I would have to choose and just randomly blurt out the first sense that came to mind, perhaps regretting it later. Thank you for your response, it was much appreciated. Have a nice day.
@Kisha14 (117)
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
I'd rather give my eyes to those who are blind. I want them to see how beautiful God created the world and what their love ones look like. They might appreciate every little thing that surround us. To see the world make us fall in love more with its beauty and understand how it works.
• Philippines
29 Apr 10
This is a really tough question. It's hard to imagine not being able to use all your five senses. I was all set in choosing the sense of smell but the thing is, isnt the sense of taste correlated to the sense of smell? sigh, this is super hard.