Which of your senses could you give up?
If I had to give up one of my senses then I would only do so if I could not only increase the sensitivity of another but also control it better.
There is no way I would give up sight as there is so much more that I want to, need to, have to see before my eyes close for good. I also already know what it’s like to have this sense increased as I have underwent laser eye surgery and have complete vision without glasses or contacts. I can’t even describe how that feels!
Touch? No, I’m a very tactile person and I love to touch things. I get in trouble when I am in shops or museums as I just have to know what things feel like. Trying to control myself when I see a “do not touch” sign can be very difficult.
Taste? That’s tricky, sometimes I think I just eat to live rather than live to eat and I’m unsure if not tasting things would bother me too much. Although I have recently been enjoying more spicy food and I think I would miss that.
I would easily give up smell. As I was writing this I was on the bus on the way home from work. There was a man on the bus who obviously works in a fish factory…need I say more? Flowers look nice but I don’t need to smell them to know that. I like nice aftershaves…but that’s more for other people’s benefit. Therefore, easy, you can take away my sense of smell!
It seems we will be messing about with my hearing then so as well as it being super sensitive, I’d like an on/off button and a tuning button please. For example when I don’t want to listen to someone talking about the weather for 2 hours (as they were doing on this very bus) then I can simply switch them off. Equally, if I want to focus on only one sound I can tune in only to that and mute everything else. After all it is getting harder to concentrate the closer to 40 I get…
If you were forced to give up one sense, but gain super-sensitivity in another, which senses would you choose? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014