Sunday, October 19, 2014

Be careful what you wish for

What if you could have one wish granted? Just one but whatever you wish for would come true? You can ask for anything, nothing is off limits. What would that wish be?

There’s a story by H.G.Wells about a really fat man who desperately wanted to lose weight. He heard about a mystery shop where one could go and ask for anything. So he went and asked to “be lighter than the air”. And that is exactly what he got. Gravity stopped working for him and he flew up in the air.
Another man was bold so he asked for more hair. And he got just that-all his body hair started growing rapidly and he had to cut and shave every hour so that he wouldn't look like a werewolf.

So this one wish has to be verbalized extremely thoroughly and carefully.
Let’s say I ask for balance in the world (yes, I am the kind of person that would indeed ask for something like that) – it could end up in equal rates of births and deaths or, let’s say, half of the countries in the world to be at peace and the other half-at war.
If I ask for a moral society it could lead to a future of blind witch hunts where one word of cursing could put you in jail.
And if I ask for a world where everyone gets what one deserves, a karma ruled world…umm, the result will be terrifying I’m sure. We all make mistakes.

I would probably ask for empathy: 


Empathy is the capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another sentient or fictional being. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion.

So far I don't see how that could go wrong but I'm sure there's a way.
Tricky isn't it?

So? What would it be? How would you deliver that one ultimate wish?

2 Comments:

Blogger Жълт Зелен said...

Just don't ask for happiness. It will probably turn you into an idiot. ;)

5:48 PM  
Blogger balance said...

Thanks, I needed a good laugh ;)

5:54 PM  

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