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    Question If You Could Have Any 'Supernatural' Abilities, What Would They Be?

    Trying to brighten things up a bit here.

    So. If you could ask for just one 'supernatural' power, what would it be?

    Examples: extraordinary strength, flying, telepathy/telekinesis, immortality, eternal youth, time travelling, the ability to 'beam' yourself 'up' anywhere you wish, the ability to talk to animals...or...?

    I'll tell you mine later on, I'm curious to see if anyone else has the same wish. It's highly unlikely though. :p

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    Either healing or purifiying people and land. Purifiying/detoxifing without poisoning something else. I think this would work on things like allergies as well ad direct poisoning. That is on the verge of being two powers but I that was my reaction to the question.

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    Paranormal powers

    I wouldn't want to be faced with the incessant moral dilemma of whom to cure and whom not to cure inasmuch as it would be impossible to cure everybody who needed it [owing to limitations of time and space more than of one's own abilities].

    Telepathy could be a curse, depending on just how much control one had over the power. I would hate to HAVE to be aware of everyone's thoughts all the time. I think I'd go mad.

    Telekinesis is too dangerous a power to be entrusted to any ordinary mortal. I am sure that I wouldn't trust myself to use it wisely.

    I think that, owing to my insatiable curiosity, I am rather better fitted to cope with immortality than many people. Still, forever is SUCH a long time. I wouldn't mind 2 or 3 more centuries more, but ETERNITY ! Even my curiosity would probably become sated eventually.

    There is an opera, "The Makropolis Affair", about an immortal soprano, who, after 300 years, is bored to DISTRACTION. She realizes that immortality is a curse, not a blessing and destroys the immortality formula rather than have others suffer as she has.

    Eternal youth is essential for immortality to be endurable. There is an ancient Greek myth about a man who asks for and receives the "boon" of immortality but, failing to ask for eternal youth, is doomed to the horrors of interminable aging.

    Invisibility ? Now, which of us naughty humans could be trusted with THAT power ?

    Superhuman strength "faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings at a single bound...." Who needs it ? Ability to fly like Soupyman: one thing that is never mentioned is that it's damn' cold up there and that leotard of his doesn't look very warm to me.

    So, what paranormal power WOULD I like to have ? Teleportation. Imagine being able to travel "instantaneously" [i.e. at slightly less than the velocity of light] anywhere without having to traverse the intervening distance. One instant, I'm here, next, I'm there.

    There are SO many places I want to see but never will because I hate flying, can't afford to, and can't reasonably expect to live long enough to visit all of them. If I had THAT power, I wouldn't be sitting here at this computer in frigid Connecticut. I'd be in Hawaii or wandering amongst the ruins of Chichen Itza.

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    I would probably choose talk to animals. Just so I could talk to my ferrets and not look crazy.

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    Probably the ability to stare at someone until their head explodes.

    Or telekinesis, just to freak people out!

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    Ok. Here's mine.

    If I could have a 'supernatural' power, it would be the Babelfish

    That is (for those who don't read Douglas Adams), to speak & understand foreign languages. Especially ancient ones.

    I have come to believe that language is at least 1/2 of any given culrure, and by inspecting the language of a certain folk, you get valuable sights as to their collective Psyche. Perhaps the most valuable tool for psychosociocultural observations ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood_Axis
    Ok. Here's mine.

    If I could have a 'supernatural' power, it would be the Babelfish

    That is (for those who don't read Douglas Adams), to speak & understand foreign languages. Especially ancient ones.

    I have come to believe that language is at least 1/2 of any given culrure, and by inspecting the language of a certain folk, you get valuable sights as to their collective Psyche. Perhaps the most valuable tool for psychosociocultural observations ever.
    My 2nd choice was to understand all languages. I was torn between talking to animals or humans, and I decided animals (IMO) are more interesting .

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    They are indeed. I sometimes speak to my cat and I think she understands me.
    So how's it going, DrDolittle?

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    Well, my supernatural power would be to be able to learn anything, in a matter of seconds. I need only to read a book, and I am able to do anything in it. Or just watching a guitarvideo-clip on the net, and I am able to play what that guitarist(s) played etc.

    I would also like the teleportation-power, to go to whomever I want, in a matter of seconds... Brilliant! The best ever, would be to mix those two, so that I could teleport in a matter of seconds, and be able to learn whatever I want, and be able do to whatever!

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    To become any animal I want for as long as I choose (so I could teach critters how to "deal" with bad people.)

    I know that sounds quite nutsy, but I'm into animal rescue and am very pisst at human insensitivity to animals.

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