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Superpowers

A fun post today.

I was running and listening to this week’s episode of This American Life. In act two of the show a journalist asks people which superpower they would choose: invisibility or flight. Since I was running and running is my sort of meditation/thinking time I paused at the beginning of the story and thought about what superpower I would choose and why before listening to it.

I thought…

Invisibility. Flight.

Flight. Invisibility.

I could get places quickly. I could go places I normally wouldn’t have access to.

Hard decision.

I ultimately decided invisibility. And what would I do with that? I would slip into upper-level, small classes where an extra person would be noticed. Psych classes, medical classes. I would go to doctor’s rounds at the hospital and into places like the white house and senate chambers where gaining access is incredibly difficult. And invisibility would be nice sometime when I just didn’t want to deal with people. I could relax in the park, curl up in a corner of the library, or bypass irritating people that feel the need to make awkward conversation every time they see me. ┬áIt briefly occurred to me that in a sense my eating disorder feels like a step toward invisibility and I briefly pondered the implications of that and wondered if a trend would be seen among eating disorder sufferers and their superpower choices.

Then I listened to the podcast. And the choice of invisibility was kind of degraded. People chose invisibility to shoplift or spy on people. Most people determined that the power of invisibility would turn them into a criminal. People associated invisibility with shame, denial, guile, and unwanted or embarrassing characteristics.

And I would use invisibility for the pursuit of knowledge. …..intriguing…….

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