I am thinking... people want to know that so that they would finally get the right or the go-ahead to actually start living this life.
How many times have I had that conversation: "If you knew you had a month to live, what would you do with the time you have?"
Most people are so desperate to actually live and enjoy what this mundane life has to offer, but for some reason they don't. Then they play with the thought that if they knew for definite when this ends, it would make them actually live this life...
I would say no. I don't know what tomorrow has to offer. I only ever have this moment. Who knows about anything else. Live now
Maybe this life would seem a little bit better if we surrended to our body's or subconsious's experience in the moment rather than try to work things out in our heads and find reasons for everything, plan the future and be stuck in the past.
Mind has been conditioned from the birth, by our parents, siblings, society, schools, everything. Everything that we believe is actually someone else's idea. There's always someone who got there first. The mind is so conditioned by all these things. Religion, culture, fashion... Which part in us really is the authentic self and the part that knows what is right for us?
Maybe it really is the subconcious, or the body's true response. The gut feel. What ever you call it. The one that our mind so easily over-rides with shoulds and musts and shouldn'ts and mustn'ts.
Because in all fairness we do live this life with our body, our organs, our nerves and impulses in our brain. The mind is the one who is trying to make some sense out of these things with it's conditioned experiences.
I was actually going to suggest a possibility, that what if it is actually our subconcious that decides for us.... our conscious mind only follows and pays attention to certain thoughts.... taking all the credit for itself living a life fooled that it is in control but it actually hasn't got a say in anything...