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09 September 2011 @ 01:33 pm
Friday Hypothetical  

I have stolen this idea from burger_eater/Harry Connolly (whose brilliant 3rd book in the Twenty Palaces series, CIRCLE OF ENEMIES, has just come out, and if you haven’t been reading these books, you really should be. I don’t read much urban fantasy because it’s too much like work, but I really like these books). Anyway, Harry periodically posts hypotheticals to see what people make of them, and I love the idea and have been meaning to nick it for ages, but I only just remembered (again) while at the keyboard, so I’m offering up a Friday Hypothetical. :)

The hypothetical situation: you are offered two wishes by a reasonably benevolent, very powerful creature able to do such things. You can be assured that as a rule, the intent of your wish will be followed, rather than the literal law of it: if, for example, you wish for world peace, the reasonably benevolent creature is not going to accomplish it by wiping out humanity and therefore getting rid of war. If you wish you had superpowers, you are not suddenly and permanently going to become a character in a comic book–but you’d better specify what powers you want, because otherwise you might get the not so useful superpower of My Hair Always Looks Terrific.

The rules: one wish must be world-level wishing, something that won’t necessarily do you personally any good but may affect the world as we know it. The other must be personal.

The catch: only one will be granted.

What are your two wishes?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
roseaponiroseaponi on September 9th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
World-level, fix the environment. Ozone layer, deforestation, smog, and so on, maybe bring some recently extinct species back. The environment of the 1800s, I guess. That may require a minor Armageddon, but in the long run should buy us all some time. ;)

Personally, IDK. I'd go for a self-cleaning house, but how would my kids ever learn to keep house? Superpowers sound good. Levitation/flying, I think. It's unoriginal, but I could reach my top cabinets! Maybe work out a deal where it's good exercise, too, and I could finally get rid of baby weight.
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on September 9th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
I would wish, world-wide, for hunger and conditions causing it eliminated.

Personally, I would wish for good health.
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roseaponiroseaponi on September 9th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
I like yours :) nicely thought-out ;)
Kit: TMJ of doombaka_kit on September 9th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
World-level, a cure for AIDS. It's left millions of kids orphaned in Africa.

Personally, I'd like to have my TMJ and the problems it caused (nerve damage, broken teeth) magically fixed.
Mary Annepers1stence on September 9th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
World level: that everyone communicates thoughtfully and with fair consideration of others (doesn't mean everyone has to agree). That would go a long way, I think.

Personally: sort of torn between teleportation and having all my debts wiped out. Although teleportation could be a legitimately marketable skill that would allow me to pay off all my debts (namely my student loans) and make a good living while travelling.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on September 9th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I would wish to have the personal characteristics it would take to solve the world's most serious problems.

Twice.
kitmizkit on September 13th, 2011 07:21 am (UTC)
That may be cheating, but *likes* :)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on September 9th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
World level, I'd wish for everyone to consider L,G, B, and T just other ways to be and no big deal at all.

Personal is personal. :)
The NewroticGirlnewroticgirl on September 9th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
World-level: That everyone has access to free, trustworthy, well-equipped health care.

Personal-level: A large sum of money to donate to charities/friends in need that I'm not in a position to help/creative types I like/etc.
Cally Beckeldestmuse on September 9th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
worldwide, I wish for a subtle but profound change that results in most world governments being fairly well-run and not corrupt.

On a personal level, I want a fulfilling and fairly well-paying job that leaves me time for a family.
T. Revst_rev on September 9th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
World-level: for humanity's problems to be replaced (slowly but steadily) by problems that are more fun.

Personal: same thing.
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on September 9th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
trade aids for stuff like "the clouds have all turned neon pink!!! EVERYWHERE!!!" or "Every public pool in the world is suddenly full of jello, in canada, strawberry flavored, in england orange. on the news at 6 we'll have world leaders discussing what they think of the flavor their country was saddled with, and the possibility of roving bands of jello extremists."

I'M IN!
cainle_bean on September 9th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
From my visitor (roommate, notbrother, whatever):

World level: Every person is a receptive empath
Personal level: Ability to safely teleport to any GPS coordinates

From me:

World level: Compassion
Personal: Ability to communicate with animals (switchable on and off)
Kira Lucienkira_snugz on September 9th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
world level wish - no more cancer ever

personal - to own my dream home in bc, the one with 3 acres of woods and trails that lead to the beach and the stream that runs through the front yard, and the hydranga bush that is eating the fence thats flowers smell so sweet and good and the scent lasts for miles. its pink and has a turret and a balcony and a stained glass window over the front door.
Wolf Lahti: antimonywolflahti on September 9th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
World-level: An equitable distribution of adequate resources for everyone, which would eliminate the need for any unit of exchange. While this would not necessarily do away with war, it would certainly get rid of some of its primary motivators.

Personal: At first I thought a few billion dollars would be nice, but then I decided it would be better to have perfect health for as long as I wish (which implies immortality but with an escape clause if I get bored with the whole mess). What good is the money if I can't enjoy it?


Are you going to tell us your two wishes?
A large duckburger_eater on September 9th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
World-level: That someone living within 50 miles of me would discover, patent, and widely disseminate cold fusion. (The beneficial economic fallout would be awesome).

Personal: I'd like to win the PowerBall.
Stephanie AlexanderIceOpal on September 9th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
World level - An end to chronic illness. So no more M.E., M.S., cancer, AIDS etc

Personal - To be healthy.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on September 9th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
world-level: that humanity reach enlightenment that all flesh is the same flesh, to be valued equally, and agree that it would be better to hash out disagreements verbally, over a non-violent beer/near-beer and pizza.

personal-level: a long and profitable career, frontlist and long tail alike. I can manage everything else on my own.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on September 9th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
World-level: Human telepathy. At a controllable, non-overwhelming level which still allows for reasonable privacy. No more miscommunicaitons or misunderstandings. No more judging people on superficialities or prejudices. No more lies. It would transform the world. Make us all better people, I think. And perhaps get us motivated to work on some of the other world-wishes above.

Self: I have a few thoughts and temptations, but the inescapable fact is that what I need more than anything is my health. If I had that, I could work on getting a life... and on doing my part to make the world a better place.
Rachie: plottingrachie203 on September 9th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
World Wide: For everyone to truly live by the golden rule.

For me: You know that scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast when the Beast gives Belle a library? Yeah, that. Preferably with a limitless bookstore gift card and ARCs from all my favorite authors. :p
Amandatreehugginhippy on September 9th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Worldwide, I definitely think that fixing the environment would be utmost.

Personally, I'd like a perfect body. And I don't really mean 36-24-36 style. I mean the perfectly health body for me. Good teeth, no more chronic conditions, a consistently healthy weight, the ability to sleep through the night, etc. I am so sick of being sick.