Superpowers: Which Would You Choose?

What would be your superpower?

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Superpowers: extrasensory or supernatural endowments—which would you choose if you could? Would you fly? Be invincible? How about invisibility? This is the fuel of dreams that keep us eagerly perched at the door of fantasy. I’ve daydreamed long and hard about the power I’d want and would like to share it with you; but let’s see if you can guess it as we go.

I determined that my superpower needs to appeal to some condition in the world needing change, or whereby change could be facilitated. Gotham and Metropolis are fascinating places but are very one-dimensional. They don’t exhibit the depth of situational reality like an actual city.

My Crusade

There are two reasons for the superpower I’ve selected. The first is globalization. Every day the world is becoming a smaller global community. People travel the world more than ever before and now need never leave their home or office. Expatriation, global service, and immigration are equally significant, and trade is on all cylinders.

The second reason for my superpower is global unrest. Faction, terrorism, and war now dominate culture and world systems in every possible way. Political processes are cracking under the weight of factors that keep peace agreements necessary and too often out of reach.

So have you guessed my superpower?

I suppose I would make myself a master ambassador of sorts. My superpower is to be the infinite polyglot: to have knowledge of all the world's languages and cultures, past and present, and my own ability to create language.

(I am tempted to add the ability to see infinite possibilities of solution. But I realize that despite knowing every tongue, men’s hearts do not always budge.)

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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Done. I kind of copped out on the big question, but only mostly. I really do have a ton of leaves to rake. :-)


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC Author

LOL - Do it!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Hmm... ***rubs chin deep in thought***


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC Author

Hmm...to be King Lingua Franca...would I have a choice? Because if not, I'm not sure. Bodily, I'm not feeling it, like losing my sight or something. Wealth, perhaps. Good question. Write a response hub to this one! I'd love to hear your thoughts.


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

I wonder if that means all comics readers are innately good people. :-)

For my power I'd go with mind reading (and hopefully the telekinesis to go with it like Professor X). Preferably not being a paraplegic like him but if I had to to get the powers I would. That would be a subset of the knowledge power I would think.

That might be a good follow up question for you... Would you make some huge sacrifice to get this super power like the use of your lower body?

Enjoyed the hub.


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC Author

Would you be the world's most sought after professor, anthropologist, or crime fighter...hmm? (lol) I like it. I also find it equally interesting that when people answer this type of question--guess what?--we all wish to use our powers for good. There is something rich there!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, I don't know--since we're into fanciful thinking here, I think "knowledge" would be the ability to absorb the knowledge of history without study--just know it--and perhaps the ability to read minds....and know what the baddies were thinking of pulling before they had a chance to formulate their plans, and use history's knowledge to thwart them!

How's that? ;-)


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC Author

Thanks MsLizzy! I'm curious: What kind of knowledge? How does it make you SUPER!? And tell me about that blend - lol.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Interesting concept here. I think knowledge is power, so that's my choice, although, I'd like a blend, so I could rapidly escape from the 'bad guys.' ;-)

Your final sentence sums up the problems in a nutshell: you cannot educate those who do not wish to be educated!

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