Regarding the death row guys, I don’t envy the fact that they’re locked up, but the “death” part wouldn’t bother me.
The way I look at it… we’re ALREADY in a similar situation to the death row guys. I KNOW I’m going to die… I just don’t know when or how.
I still remember the exact moment I really GOT this fact… I was 12 at the time, and it suddenly occurred to me that, no matter what I did, I WAS going to die, most likely in the 2040’s, barring violence and accidents.
Ever since then, I’ve had zero fear of death. I still hate pain, and worry about being maimed or crippled, but I accept death.
I’m often glad of it… no matter how screwed-up my life might get, I know that I only have to put up with about another 4 decades of it.
So, you see, I ALREADY take some comfort in my rough knowledge of my own death, and I think a more specific knowledge would be an improvement, assuming I don’t have to put up with a lot of needless suffering to obtain the knowledge (i.e., lingering diseases, etc.).