If you had to choose to let go of a particular sense, which would it be?
It all started when a friend of mine related a true story. There was this girl who was having problems with her nose so much so that there was no relieve despite anything or any treatment she took. So, eventually the ENT surgeon told her of a particular procedure that may settle her problem at the cost of her losing her sense of smell. She agreed. The procedure was a success but she is now unable to smell anything.
My friend was sad to hear this story and it got me thinking. We have five sense – smell, sight, taste, touch and hearing. Medically, sight is probably the most developed sense in humans, followed closely by hearing. We use these senses without giving a thought of its individual importance until we lose them. But if you were asked to which of these sense was most important to you and which is the least or willing to give up, what would it be?
For me, I would put them in these order sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, with sight being the most valuable. What would yours be?