We all dream of having the power to look into the future and predict events before they occur. Choosing the correct lottery numbers, avoiding major disasters and calamities, choosing the right significant other. All these are major considerations when we imagine having the ability to do so.
For this exercise imagine that you’ve been granted the power to predict the future! The catch — each time you use your power, it costs you one day (as in, you’ll live one day less). How would you use this power, if at all?
Whenever folks dream of possessing such powers and gifts they always tend to focus on the positive benefits they will receive.. They dream of the fame, power, wealth, notoriety — all the supposedly positive aspects and none of the negative.
But the one flaw in this proposed scenario involves a negative effect experienced by the individual using the gift. One day from your own life span will be deducted each time you dare exploit this talent. Now you truly have to weigh the pros and cons of your every action. Do you step in to help someone else or do you refrain and let destiny take charge of things?
Imagine this scenario. You notice the woman pictured above struggling with a shopping cart filled to the brim with green trash bags and holding items you cannot see. She is standing on a street corner after having safely crossed a marked crosswalk. She seems to be checking the load on the buggy to make sure everything is somewhat stabilized.
You immediately notice that she is hesitant as to what to do next. Do you use your special gift to look into her future or do you resist the urge of being a good Samaritan? Is the determining factor a matter of immediacy and personal safety that will prompt you to action or will you refrain from assisting her because the cost will be too great for you to accept.
In this particular situation a passerby asked if he could assist her and she continued safely on her way to the bottle return depot. The fates smiled on her this day.
This type of gift with its unusual conditions could force a person to restrict their enjoyment of life. They would be like Superman who although endowed with super hearing and vision has to learn to restrict their use for his own good.
This “gift” would be as welcomed as Midas’s golden touch. More of a curse and a life restricting condition. How can you let down your guard and dream of a possible future event when doing so could lessen your own existence on the planet by one day?