BlogHer NaBloPoMo takes a break on the weekends. But, now we’re back! Today’s topic is “If you had the superpower to know what everyone was thinking (but not saying) would you use it?”
GOOD question. Initially my response is yes, I would use it. Imagine how much you could call people out on stuff! We all know that people are constantly thinking one thing and saying another and basically being completely hypocritical. (Come on, you know you do it!) You might think that with this superpower, you could make a difference. As long as you aren’t a total brat about it in the process, of course.
Then, after the initial reaction, I thought NO WAY. Can you imagine how much stress you would add to your life? You would know every negative thing people think about you but aren’t saying to your face. You would know every criticism, every nasty comment (even if it’s only because that person is in a crappy mood), and every little thing about other people you probably don’t even care about. Or maybe you would care because it’s about your spouse, your sister, your brother, your parents, your best friend…ugh complicated, right?
I couldn’t imagine having to deal with all of that information. It makes my brain hurt just thinking about it! Sometimes I really do think that ignorance is bliss. I can think right now of a situation from quite a while ago that was not pretty. Even though it’s long over, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some lingering less than stellar opinions of me. (I’m not innocent in this either, and neither are you. We all do it). But do I want to know what those opinions are?
Not really. Knowing would just cause huge problems for no reason.
I think having a superpower, no matter what it is, sounds great at first. But when you start to actually think about it you realize that it’s not a good idea. The life we live is the best one. Why change it?