If I were to choose a superpower among these three choices:
- the ability to speak and understand any language
- the ability to travel through time
- the ability to make any two people agree with each other
It would have to be the ability to speak and understand any language. Why?
We live in a diverse and globalized world. Every profession deals with communicating with people from varied backgrounds, be it serving customers or settling business deals abroad. The ability to understand another human from a different country than you is great. I sometimes struggle to comprehend what my foreign professors are saying but I wish that the language barrier was not so wide. Hence, my adoration for polyglots.
Now why did I not choose to travel through time or make any two people agree with each other?
If I attain the ability to perform time travel and alter history, when something bad happens, I would feel like the duty is solely mine to make things right. Every event creates a domino effect, changing the future drastically. Who knows, changing something in the past may lead to you or me not even existing right now. Preventing something as terrible as the Holocaust could have had lead to something worse down the line. It’s like the movie Project Almanac. Saving one friend’s life could potentially threaten another’s. In my opinion, things happen for a reason so there is no need to play God.
Here is an amazing Twilight Zone episode related to time travel.
As far as making people agree, we have our own minds and are capable of deciding for ourselves what we wish to believe. The reason why we meet different people is to understand their points of view. If everyone had the same thoughts on everything, then why bother socializing? There would be no difference between us and robots. Then we would have no presidential election because the vote would be unanimous anyway. Difference is good and sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. That is the beauty of individuality.
Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You! “You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice: the ability to speak and understand any language, the ability to travel through time, or the ability to make any two people agree with each other.” If you could choose any of the superpowers, which would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!