i have a question for you all if you could have any super powers or gadgets what would it be and what would you do with it? mine would be sans powers (if you know who he is then good for you) and also the ability to take up any hobbies and learn everything about it with ease and i would have some fun but also help people with that power because "with great power comes great responsibility".
My super power would be, for every body that I set eyes upon, they will see themselves as I see them. And they in turn, would have the power to see all others in this same light and cause those people to have the power as well. To see ourselves in our own inate state, without all the labels, and judgements, and all the other words and thoughts that make a person more like a statue or an image, rather than a moving, evolving, indivual soul. And one by one we would all wake up to our own innate power, which dwarfs any super powers. So that knocks all super powers out of the ball park. But they’re handy to have along the way.
If you want to experience ease in all you do, in all moments, not just some. Ask yourself repeatedly, in every waking hour, is there ease in what I’m doing now. Ask yourself, stop, and ask yourself. If there is. Good. Carry on. If there isn’t, stop, don’t do another thing until there is. Maybe you need to remove yourself from the situation. Maybe you need to touch something. I don’t know. Do whatever you need to do to be at ease. This mostly just requires us to not listen to our thoughts for a moment. Maybe concentrate on our breathe. And when you feel at ease, get on with the next moment, and ask yourself again. Ask yourself this question repeatedly throughout the day. All day every day and eventually, you suddenly find you become aware, without asking any questions, that you’re ‘not’ at ease, and the moment you become aware of that, you’re right back at ease again. And in that ease, you can do just about anything you could imagine.
p.s. good question and good answer.
Nothing, really. Except perhaps the ability to see what would have become of my life if I'd made different decisions at crucial stages.
Apart from that - the ability to neutralise racist, sexist and homophobic prejudice in the human race. And greed. And aggression.
The only way to neutralise racist, sexist and homophobic prejudice in the human race is to take away its only power. The only power it has, the only chance of it’s survival is if people either agree with it or fight against it. Either way it doesn’t matter. They’re simply two sides of the same coin. Just because the majority of the population feed it, it doesn’t make it right or the right way to ensure it cannot survive. There is absolutely no aggression outside of ourselves. It simply doesn’t exist.
Yeah... but we're talking about a gadget or special power. So that would be it for me. I suppose, either way, it's hypotheticals, though.
Only if you think it is, hypothetical that is. You have inside of you, and not even inside of you, you are the greatest power on this earth, therefore, you already have at your command, the greatest power on earth. Have fun.
I’d like the power to freeze things, freeze situations and people or become invisible so I could observe people to my hearts content. I would do it for fun. I just love observing human beings.
The Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, said exactly that in his 1785 poem 'To A Louse' :
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us, An' ev'n devotion!
I’ve been more interested in poetry of late and I have been to a Burns night but I can’t quite yet work out what he’s talking about in the above poem I think I need an interpreter
I second that Martian Tom... the super power of PRE-HINDSIGHT!
I drafted a short novel a few years back - about a bloke who gets killed in an accident and then, in spirit, is given the ability to see what path his life would have taken if he'd made different decisions at crucial stages. Kind of inspired by O. Henry's short story 'Roads of Destiny', in which the protagonist has the choice of three roads to take - and whichever one he chooses, he ends up getting killed by the same bullet, but in different circumstances. I liked that idea... but I wanted it to be less deterministic, and more about each road leading to an entirely different conclusion. Also, it would be a way of looking at that eternal 'What if I'd only done that instead?' question we all grapple with at some time in our lives. Like, what if I'd had my diagnosis as a kid and had been able to get the proper support...
I've been thinking of digging it out and having another look...