What if you found out your happiness was directly tied to someone else's. When they're happy you're miserable and vice versa. What if a witch or wizard offered you the chance to make their lives forever miserable and grant you eternal happiness. But by excepting their offer your soul be forced to go to a Hell-like dimension to suffer eternally while the other person would be placed in a nirvana-like existence after death. Would you do it? Would you be able to deal with the consequences?
I guess I'd probably accept the chance if I could do it in reverse. I'll take a crappy life for a maximum of ~80-something years if it means I get eternal nirvana afterwards. But otherwise, I wouldn't go for it. I'd rather just let it continue as a scale and try to balance both my happiness and my suffering so that both me and the other person could live a fulfilled life and then go on to whatever we deserve in the afterlife.
Honestly, I don't think the other person factors into this at all for me. I'd be more scared about having an excellent life and then suffering in hell forever. It's the definite afterlife that trips me up.
I'd be more interested in the reverse as well. In the long run, a lifetime of misery is nothing compared to eternal nirvana. That's actually surprisingly difficult to say since things have been going well for me recently and I can't imagine giving that up for the next 60 years. Can a person even get used to miserable occurrences if they happen constantly? I suppose so if they were to give up hope, but that in itself is difficult.
But yeah, the reverse scenario is definitely the most appealing even though I pretty much end up damning someone's existence.
When life sends misery your way, spit in life's face and make your own happiness. I'd refuse the offer and make the best of my circumstances: just because someone tells me I'm going to be miserable when someone else is happy, just because they're happy, doesn't mean I'm going to just lie down and accept it.
I think in some way in real life an individual's happiness is tied to other people's anyway: people always want what they can't have, or feel pride and satisfaction when they have what other people don't. You have two choices, the way I see it: you can accept it and suffer, or you can reject it and focus on your happiness, and not on someone else's; you can live your life, independent, and make of it what you want to make of it.. If someone offered me that deal, I'd turn it down and be laughing at the misery life tried to throw at me as I carried on with my life in the knowledge that things would get even better for me after I'd died...or that, at least, they wouldn't get any worse, because I hadn't accepted the offer.
I wouldn't do it. The thought of my soul suffering in hell is enough for me to decline the offer. I don't think my life is that bad, and I think eternal happiness isn't healthy. It's part of life to go through ups and downs and experience misery and sorrow. I don't like it when it happens, but it makes me a stronger person.
...I hate sounding politically correct, but that's how I honestly feel on the matter. I wouldn't really care how it affected someone else, as long as I didn't know that person or heard of their terrible life to feel sorry for them. The guilt would be too much for me if I did accept and I knew of them.
I wouldn't want the person to suffer forever so I'd rather have the opposite, terrible life, perfect eternal afterlife and no guilt so long as I didn't force that person to have my option of happy life, hell afterlife and pure guilt xD Mainly, I'd like to keep everything the same xD