If we were born with an expiry date or just like a DOB ( date of birth) we had a DOD ( date of death ) written in our birth ceritificates would our lives be any different?
We would not need a death certificate, they could just add a feild for reason of death that could be filled out once we die. It could help reduce the load of paperwork for our loved ones once we are gone.
On a more serious note though, would we be more daring and experience more living or would we be apathetic towards life. Human beings tend to live thinking that they will live forever until they actually get old or just die suddenly. The first thing that comes to mind is that people with shorter life spans would get discriminated against. They would become undesirable for marriage, jobs and even buying things in installments. Which most probably would lead to a whole new world of forgery. We would probably read books and watch movies about love stories where couples would fight for their love because one person knew he would only live for another year or two and the other decades but they would still choose to get married and be together for whatever time they had. Genetic studies would explore the human genome to find if they can modify your unborn baby’s genes to get a longer living baby. Would people who knew they would live longer take better care of their health? Would they make more friends and try more things because they know they have enough time to change their mind? Would decisions be harder or easier to make?
It is a blessing that we do not know.
At the end of the day it does not matter because
“اعمل لدنياك كأنك تعيش أبدا واعمل للآخرة كأنك تموت غدا”
“work for your earthly life as if you live forever and work for the hereafter as if you die tomorrow”
This is sometimes said to be a hadith, but after a bit of research it was either said by Ali Ibn Abu Taleb or an unknown source. Al Albany claimed that it was hadith da3if.
Either way, whomever said it, it has a lot of truth in it.