Fall down some stairs, for example. One usually forgets the formidable enemy in which a few concrete steps can become.
A tropical disease, that would be a real bad thing.
In Yahoo Answers the worst thing that could happen to you, is being away from Jesus or losing a loved one, or having someone fucking your girlfriend. People who think that way, do not know the meaning of the word worse. Losing your hands, another writes, at least there is someone with some idea.
If it were to lose a part of the body, what would be the last one limb you would want to lose? Well, this would be a worse thing, be kidnapped by a psychokiller, and have to choose the mutilation that one would prefer. Take an eye with a spoon boiling or lose the genitals with a drill. But then it would not only be the loss, but also the torture. The loss of the member would not matter now, who has ever left alive from the hands of a sadistic murderer. It would have to be something more exquisite, an evil surgeon who would be pleased to perform clean mutilations without pain, and that then released in perfect state of health to its victims. Before the operation he only would ask: left hand or right foot? Eyes or tongue? Finger or ear? It could be even worse, he could operate the opposite choose of the victim, or patient, as they prefer to call it. Being in such a situation, even if the doctor was not a psychopath, could already be bad enough. But I suspect that this situation, a mutilation, would not yet be the worst, as long as there is life, one clings to it, even in the most miserable conditions.
If it is about elections: torture or mutilation? Or worse: today what? and tomorrow? Or; what would be worse, being tortured being innocent, being guilty or being unjustly guilty? If the torture is the same, would it make any difference? Can the one who torture be morally superior to his victim? This is an important digression.
It may be quite relative, I suppose all the victims of some act of this kind felt at that moment that it was the worst thing that could have happened to them in the life. But no one really knows. It may even not be so atrocious. It can be something so casual that passes quickly, then dies or survives. The worst must be something that you have to endure for the rest of your life. It can not be born with deformities or with the face of the Elephant Man, or be the Man without Face. That would have happened, it could not happen again. If something is the worst, is just because before, something was better. But it is also true that the worst can always get worse.
It is difficult to think of the worst without thinking about hospitals, torture, mutilations and disease. Subject as the humans are to physical laws, it can not be different. The worst is not what can happen, but maybe the easy way in the worst things can happen. All those people who suffered horrible accidents and now go around the world in a bloody video that is broadcast by email, with his faces and bodies split in two, while the medical students filming their indescribable agony by cell phone, they do not knew that was going to happen, not even a few milliseconds before. That may be the worst. But is not.
The movies have greatly exaggerated the concept of the worst. Is underestimated too much. You do not have to go too far to find bad things for real.
It is actually a sterile thought. Everyone knows it. Everyone knows the worst that could happen.