What is Drastic + Dramatic

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

I Wish...I Might

The other day I was talking to my friend and I randomly asked him if he had a "granted wish" card, what he would use it for. He thought a minute and came up with a large sum of money to do good-willed acts of service forever more. Noble wish, right? I agreed. Then I asked something I never really thought to ask before: What would you wish for if you had all the money you ever needed? Then he couldn't really think of anything. I couldn't think of anything either at first. Then I figured I wouldn't need anything material, so I thought maybe I'd wish for something vain, like the ability to say the word and my hair would look perfect, just the way I want it to. It would save me all that time I would need to be out doing all my costly acts of service. And then I'd look good doing it.

Well, what IF everyone in the world had all the money they would ever need? (and drop the wish option for now.) I think we might spend most of our energies discovering ways to make everything faster, more efficient, etc., so that everything was functionable with the wave of a hand or the touch of a finger. (beside the point: do you think all the time spent inventing ways to save time evens out into saving time?) Do you think we'd fund the discovery of the cure for cancer with our money? Would we ditch the earth and all move to space? For those who stayed on Earth do you think there would be any wars? If the dispute that caused the war was over land or something, I doubt there could be a "highest bidder" to solve that one. (Well I guess those in space would have space wars, too. Why stop fighting even when there's nothing to fight over?) Do you think wars would occur more frequently? Do you think more evil or more good would be spread if we had all the money necessary to buy anything we wanted or needed?

Really...what do you think would happen?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find it a coincidence that this is what I found just by looking for what was posted near my birthday. I have thought long and often on "what I would wish for". When I think of all the things I'd like that money can't accomplish most of them seem attainable if I were granted complete self-control. I might have to word it differently to get what I mean but that is what I'd wish for.

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