Superpowers: Which Would You Choose?
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.
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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