posted on Mar, 14 2008 @ 11:55 PM
How odd that this topic should come up. I was, ironically enough, discussing this exact question with a friend as a topic of conversation
while driving. I certainly hope that this isn't some sort of omen.
As for the question posed ... "would I sacrifice a limb to save my life?" ... absolutely! Of course, this is an easy question to answer when posed
in a hypothetical manner. When seated in front of a computer screen, the prospect of taking a Swiss Army Knife and cutting away one's own limb is
certainly a remote one. I am certain that the reality of such of situation would be a most daunting one.
Naturally, I would want to preserve my own life. Compared to dying, living a life without a limb: i.e. arm, leg, hand, foot, etc. is hardly a choice.
I would pick living every time. To live life with a missing limb is debilitating and certainly a challenge but with the technology behind today's
prosthetics, it is certainly a challenge that can be met and overcome. The issue in my mind, however, that I would find extremely difficult is the
prospect of removing one's own limb.
If it were a finger or toe, yes, it would be difficult and certainly not a situation that I would want to face but, nevertheless, this is a decision
and an action that I do believe that I could perform. When one raises the prospect of removing one's own hand, arm, leg or foot....well, that is
another kettle of fish altogether. Frankly, the entire premise is rather horrific and I am troubled to think that it might actually be easier to take
one's own life than to endure the agony of self amputation.
I have heard of the rock-climber who had to amputate his own arm when it became caught in a crevasse. I cannot imagine the anguish that he must have
felt. To consider the pain he had to endure is a testament to the iron-will and supreme focus that this man demonstrated. If I should ever find
myself in a similar situation (God Forbid), I would hope that I could exhibit similar courage and presence of mind.