If you were asked for one true wish. What would be your answer?
For the last few weeks, ithas been to rewind time so that Anders Behring Breivik was spontaneously aborted from his mother's womb.
To have no desires and wishes ever again.
To get an infinite amount of wishes to be realized whenever I want, of course.
To have computers disappear from the Earth. (I'm in the software industry.)
To have human population level off and descend back to about 3 billion (over a few decades, of course--don't want any horrible catastrophe; just want about half of everybody to go away)
Just one more wish.
That nobody else had any wishes to screw up this world with.
Have you read the book or seen the PBS production of, The Lathe of Heaven?
Aside from stopping Hitler, saving humanity, changing human nature, and all of those things so clearly demonstrated to be undesireable by Fox Mulder when he had a personal Gin, one event in history that I would like to undo is the destruction of the library at Alexandria. That has always struck me as being perhaps one of the most tragic losses in all of human history.
That, or I would like to be a real Time Lord with a real TARDIS - the real Dr. Who.
Do you have a specific half-of-all-people in mind? If not, can I add a few to the list?
So you can reproduce asexually and never understand the value of anticipation (since they don't experience the passage of time)? I guess I wouldn't mind being a Time Lord if it meant Amy Pond followed me everywhere.
If I had one wish, I'd wish to be in middle management at an engineering company. It would be nice to never have to use my brain again. Very relaxing.
I'd wish for a breakthrough in stem cell research so my sister(and those in her position) can walk again, or at least use her arms.
I'd probably wish to be irresistibly attractive to women.
I haven't notice the passage of time in years. Check.
Yeah, and how many other companions? The Doctor rarely travels alone.
Well, self-employment has its downside as well: The boss is a jerk and the employees are all idiots.
A freshly ironed shirt.
For infinite wishes, and for the second wish of those, the wisdom for choosing the rest of the wishes.
Realistic, or fairy tale?
Realistic - I guess around $10M will do, should be enough for the rest of my life. I don't plan on anything extravagant, but being able to buy a better house and do some traveling would be nice.
Fairy tale? Don't even get me started... However, there is a serious problem. On many occasions people wanted to do something good, but the outcome was rather catastrophic. So while I would love to wish for something that could make the world better, I am afraid of deciding what it could be, as the results can be quite the opposite to what I want. Chi idea looks interesting, but technical realization, and possible side effects, can be even more devastating than the current flow of events is. Medical advances could be great, but the more lifes we save and the longer we live, the higher burden on the planet. Changing peoples thinking in hope it will make the world better - that was already tried and results were not necessarily encouraging (think Jesus and inquisition). So I think I will stick with my own backyard.
I'm with the infinite wishes guys. The rest of you are dumbies.
That might not work out too well. Think about it.
Here you go Peng, fixed that for you, unless this is part of undocumented Penguin speak, in which case, I apologize. NOT...
As you wish.
[BAM! See what I did there?]
In Robert Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax, they did just that. They passed a law that stopped dumb people (<50% percentile IQ) from breeding. Everyone agreed with the law because they assumed it would affect everyone else but not them. Unfortunately, you can't argue with a 50% percentile... :D
Yes, the same thing has occurred to me.
We would have had our flying cars and personal jetpacks by now.
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