As I was perusing Flipboard the other night, I ran across an article in the L.A. Times: Mysterious radio bursts in far parts of the universe hint at cataclysm. (Wow, I spelled "cataclysm" right on the first try. Without spellcheck.)
I ignored the article. The headline was the thing that got me thinking...
What if the universe has already started dying? What if it takes a very long time for it all to end? Would it be better to know the end is coming, or would it be better to be surprised by the end of it all?
Yes, the question is a bit twisted, but it opens up all sorts of interesting story possibilities.