What Price Would You Pay?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
10 years for fame or beauty

by Jonathan Hilton  Day 51

There is no way I would forfeit one day of my life to become extremely attractive or famous because I simply think that both things are subjective and are they really worth it?

Now there are some things that I might seriously consider this proposition but for being attractive or famous I don’t think it would be worth it.

Being Attractive is definitely not worth it

First of all there is the attractive part.  This assumes that being attractive is a purely physical thing, and if I am going to be judged purely on the physical then what about my thoughts, my

attractive not worth it
Beauty is on the inside

creativity and all of the other things which I think are pretty good about me, that make me, me?

Besides I think that many of the problems our society stems from our obsession with physical beauty. Which to one person is different than to another.

When you look at your life and your development as a human being, would you give back the knowledge, understanding and wisdom that you have collected over the years?

Looks are fleeting, but your character lasts forever.  In the end, isn’t a higher intellect and human understanding much more attractive to the right kind of people anyway?

Beauty is subjective and changes, and those who value the aesthetic over the substance of a person tend to be shallow.  Why would you care what they think of how you looked? Those who you would care about would see your value and beauty no matter what your looks were.

I have known very attractive people on the outside who are really unattractive on the inside, and every one seems to be unhappy.

Fame Is Fleeting

When it comes to fame, I think that living ten years of life would be more valuable than

fame is costly and fleeting
What Price For Fame?

whatever fame could bring to you.  I think that being famous is a double edged sword, because everything that you do is thrown wide open for the world to see.

There seems to be very little that famous people keep to themselves, and that might be difficult.

I would never deny a certain human desire to have your thoughts and talents appreciated by others, and that fame might lead to some validation of what you have thought or done.

However, there is another side that will inevitably come with that, of judgment of your entire life.

Everything that you ever did, or anyone that you have ever known would have a piece of you that could be distributed for cash reward.  Real friends are hard to find in any case, I think with fame you would never know who your friends were or what the real intentions of people were.

So I think fame might be interesting, but not worth ten years of my life. Think of all of the experiences you can have in ten years.  There will be beautiful days, great relationships, love, gratitude, anything that you can imagine that you could experience in a ten year period would not be worth giving up for fame.

What Would I Give Ten Years For?

Thinking about this I had to try to think of something that I would give up ten years from my life expectancy for and I came up with a few.  First, I think I would do it for the perfect

young forever
We are our experiences, it is all a valuable part of the process.

relationship, but then I think that the perfect relationship exists for everyone so I could have that without giving up ten years of my life, so I would keep the ten years and enjoy the relationship for that time.

I would be tempted to give up ten years on the end of my life to be able to be young again and know then what I know now, because I wouldn’t waste so much time doing things that are so stupid.

Then you realize that all of those experiences were vital in making you who you are. Even though the experiences of your 20’s were often self destructive, self indulgent and downright idiotic, they were a necessary stop on the journey of your life.

True wisdom can never be gained unless you learn the lessons that life has to offer you.  Knowing what it is like to be excessively drunk, lets you know that your decision to not drink at all is smart.

Having meaningless relationships gives you the capacity to appreciate deeper connections with people today. Acting foolish and not valuing your thoughts, allows you the capacity today to appreciate the wisdom that you have attained and the depth that your thoughts take today.

So the short answer would be that I guess there is nothing that I would give up ten years of my life expectancy for, every second is precious, and needs to be cherished and lived to its fullest potential.

When I first heard this song, I was in my thirties, today in my mid forties, I wonder if I have lived my life to it’s fullest. I can only hope that every day I do.

10 thoughts on “What Price Would You Pay?”

  1. I certainly wouldn’t give up 10 years for fame or beauty. I would be tempted, however, to give up 10 years if someone who passed to young, in general or before I was ready, could have those 10 years instead. I would be tempted to give up 10 years if it meant that everyone would know peace. I would be tempted to give up 10 years if I could trade them for a calmness, a clarity, for my remaining years that everything truly does happen for a reason and that everything will work out for the best in the end.

    1. The best answers I have seen Matt, all of those things would be worth giving up ten years for, especially to give ten years of life to someone who died before their time. I also have a faith that all things, no matter how tragic they seem on the surface have a purpose. Sometimes we don’t have the perspective to understand, or can’t see beyond the emotions in front of us but there has to be a purpose to all things. Thank you for the thoughts Matt! Great as usual.

  2. I don’t know… I think I would like to get old and fame… well everything comes with a price. I think I would give 10 years of my life for any kind of suffering in the world .. or bacon that won’t make you fat or give you heart disease 😀

    1. How did I know the answer would come back to bacon! 🙂 Everything does have a price, and everyone has got to pay in one way or another. Ending suffering in the world would sure be a good thing.

  3. What one person finds unattractive, another person might find amazingly attractive…so, in that sense, as much as I’ve always wished I looked like someone else…someone conventionally beautiful, I wouldn’t change who I am 🙂 I think I would give up 10 years of my life for my niece or nephew…or mom or dad…or…. 😉

    1. Great answer Ally, I agree that wishing you looked another way is pointless because what can we do about it anyway? Also as you said, what one person finds unattractive, another will be attracted to. Being yourself is the best thing you can be because how else would those who find you wildly attractive find you? I think that giving up ten years for all of those things you mentioned would be definitely worth it, especially the last one! 🙂

  4. I think I’d give up 10 years for the fame. Wait! Hear me out. With fame you have the power to be heard, you could change the world. You could save someone…or the all polar bears. 🙂

    1. I hear you MFE, that is a great thought. Perhaps I should stop fighting the fame and just accept that I am going to be famous and then I will be able to help the polar bears or the nightingales as I hear they are all in danger. 🙂 thank you very much for all that you contribute. You will be famous very soon anyway. 🙂

  5. I know I would never give up ten years of my life just to be beautiful or famous. MissFourEyes makes a great point, but I could never live like celebs do. I love privacy. I think if I could bring my older brother back, he died when I was 8 and he was 18, I would give up ten years of my life. Everything I remember of him makes me wish I had him around. He was like my twin that was born 10 years too early.

    1. I would struggle with fame too I think. I would not enjoy people knowing everything about me , but if I there is a part of everyone that wants to be recognized and to know that they are special. Ten years of my life though is a steep price to pay. I would give up ten years for your brother. He sounds like a great guy! Thank you An for taking the time to read and comment. 🙂

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