“The more we reflect upon this question, the harder it is to answer.”
Frank Stockton, “The Lady or the Tiger”
Somewhere near the end of the story, a dilemma was presented to the reader. Will the handsome commoner be led by the princess, who knows what hides behind the two doors, to his inescapeable doom or to her possible misery. One door leads to a ferocious tiger and the other, to a beautiful maiden in a shotgun wedding, no questions asked.
In here, a lose-lose situation is presented. A “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”, for the fiancee and princess. The only difference is either they both live or one dies. Guess which one? Don’t ask me, ask yourself. A kind of similar context is found in the “cup is half-full or half-empty”, joke. Your answer to the question reveals a part of your personality. To what part, I cannot tell. It is up to your discretion.
It’s true however, the more the question is thought about, it really is harder to answer. Contradictory thoughts, imaginary situations that may change the ending or variable variables may come into play and complicate the answer. Sometimes we just need to stop and sleep. Come back when ready again. Humans with all intelligence that no other animal (as of now) matches tend to overthink things. To go or not to go, a not so difficult decision but thinking too much in the process. But then, there is the other part of not considering the weight such as shooting a person just for the fun of it. Personally, I do and have done both (no! didn’t shoot a person! almost did though).
“The only authentic ending is the one provided here:
John and Mary die. John and Mary die. John and Mary die.”
Five different (not counting A) stories were given. All under the premise of an ending. Character lives, character dies.
Life is a circle, that’s all I can say. Life has no meaning, not what I meant. Which is more fun? The trip to or the destination? Often, it’s the trip. Those string of events being jammed in a car, in a plane, train or what other confined but mobile space, it’s that. Either way, you’ll get there.
Be born, go to school, grow up, get a job, start a family (optional), do something (in)famous or worthwile (optional) then die (soon to be optional(?)). What’s the difference? When you die*, will people remember you as just another schmuck from the street or for something that you did that created controversy or merit? Kinda repeated what she said, did it?