An explanation why would be good as well!
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An explanation why would be good as well!
I think I'd choose taste. It just seems to be the least beneficial of the five.
I picked smell. But wouldn't that be a terrible thing to not have if one day I forgot to put on deodorant before I left the house? If I had a sense of smell I could sniff myself and think "oh okay, it's not noticeable" and think about other things. But if I had no way of smelling myself, I would be terrified.
Thus, I made the wrong decision. I should go without taste.
I would have picked taste, but I've actually temporarily lost my sense of taste before (don't ask why), and now that I have it back, I cannot imagine life without it. With no taste, food is more or less styrofoam in your mouth; I think most people take being able to taste good food for granted (as I used to). So, with that said, I'd have to go with smell, since I've temporarily been unable to smell things, and it didn't affect my life nearly as much.
I just read if you had to lose, and then my brain completed one of your senses. Ni dom ftw! Also Midna was an awesome character in Twilight Princess.
I chose taste. For a very good reason. I think we over-emphasize food. It seems that today everyone is obsessed with the "best cheese cake", fried macaroni from Sheetz, or whatever other unhealthy concoction was created to prey on that very sense. You want to blame one sense for making us as a human race fat? It would be taste. Life would be better if anything we ate was as satisfying as anything else. There really would need to be no distinction. One could eat rice and rice alone for the rest of their life.
I chose sight. I think we take things in the most with sight (obviously, we look at everything). But it allows us to judge everything and most likely in ways that aren't logical or right. Also, I'd no longer have to worry about looks or judge people based on what they look like. Sight also makes people sin...like when we lust. Plus it would spare me from harming my thoughts (from seeing bad things) more than they already are.
You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.' But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye--even your good eye--causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand--even your stronger hand--causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:27-5:30
I'm actually quite curious about why someone would choose sight or touch. Sight, touch and hearing seem to be the ones most useful in day-to-day life. Smell and taste, while quite enjoyable and often useful, don't seem as... necessary to me. I'd rather lose both of them than any of the other three.
I'm sure you have your reasons but... what are they?
I got ninja'd.
Sight; I can barely see anyway.
I would rid myself of Smell. Even though it is linked to taste and would probably interfere with that sense by losing it, I'm not too bothered by losing that sense. I already have problems smelling things (I can't smell food, flowers, etc), though strangely enough I am able to smell things nobody else can (such as "scentless" soap, water, pen ink when someone is using a pen, etc).
I would never lose my sense of touch because I have nerve damage on my leg and am unable to feel anything on the inner side of my ankles, which is scary enough to have to deal with. I have dissociation issues that got to the point of where I would intentionally self-harm to remind myself that I was still alive and could still feel pain.
Sight and hearing are what I would consider essential to have, as it would be very difficult and debilitating to live without either (or both) of them.
As for taste, I think that's a lesser sense that I could live without. However, as an above poster stated, everything feels like styrofoam without taste. I've only experienced loss of taste a few times in my life and very briefly, but I must agree with @Dark Romantic in that it was unpleasant.
Basically, by choice, I would never lose any of my senses voluntarily except Smell. Of course, I could manage to live without any of them (though maybe not without ALL of them.. that would suck monkey poo)