1. MIND READING
This one is a biggy. It's a massive biggy. Why does everyone want this!? The thought boggles my mind that anyone would want to know, at all times, what everyone around them is thinking.
Yes, it would be great to know if I'm being lied to and if I really can trust what this person is saying and to know if the psychoanalyzing I tend to do is spot on.
But I don't want this power.
Because I don't want to know what people really think of me.
I don't want to know their dirty little secrets.
I don't want to know how bad they have it at home unless they TELL me.
I don't want to be the one who never knows how much they're supposed to know.
I don't want to know. Full stop.
What is immortality? It's when you never die of any disease or poison. It's where you can age as much as you like without being affected by the passing years. It's where you can live a thousand years and look back, thinking it all passed so quickly while the new generation is complaining the bus is thirty seconds late and if it takes another thirty seconds they might as well hang themselves.
It's where you spend only a minuscule amount of your life with your family, and attend all their funerals. It's where every friend you ever make dies in the end. It's where the only mate you can have is a tortoise, as they can live to over a hundred, but eventually even they will leave you.
It's the loneliest existence of all. That's what immortality is, and that's why I don't want it.
3. Instant Expertise
This isn't a common power to hear about, but what it is, is the ability to master any talent you choose in an instant.
Sounds pretty cool.
But I would hate it.
I'm an artist and a writer, and yes, everyday I strive to be better. I strive to write better, to string words together in more legible, easier to read sentences while still getting my message across in beautiful ways. I strive to draw better, to understand instinctually where to apply toning and shadow, how thick to make the lines, the anatomy of the character I'm drawing. How to best position the viewer, to see my work in a way as to deliver the greatest impact.
I long to have those abilities, but I would never cheat them. With this power I would cheat them, I would instantly be great at my craft, I could sell my works, sell my books, make money.
I could be the reason you love the lyrics to that song so much, or the one to make you laugh at that animated dog in that ad you saw once.
But the art I would be producing, the words I would be creating, neither of these would be mine.
They would not be mine because I did not work to make them mine, the same way that toy I stole as a child was never mine, even though it came to be in my possession.
4. Time Control
Either way, this power would be entirely illogical and impossible. Not because there's no foreseeable way to move time, but because time does not exist. It is a man made concept to explain how we can have a 'then' and a 'when' but we never leave 'now'.
There isn't a HUGE downside to this, I mean, stopping time to give yourself longer to sleep would be pretty cool, and reversing time to before your sisters accident? Then distracting her for just a few seconds so that truck that slammed into her goes on past without a hick, before she gets in the car. That'd be great.
Moving forward after doing a thing so you can see what that did, then going back before you did it and changing your actions to create a more desirable outcome. Yeah.
Here's the thing though, everything I've mentioned above? A little over powered I think.
It's the kind of power a person would grow to depend on. They will become lazy and uncaring because if they make a mistake they can fix it in an instant and there's no such thing as being late.
You become a worse person in the long run. Disorganized, tardy, unreliable.
Even if those around you can't see it, because you keep changing their reality, it's still true isn't it?
5. Auto Consumption
This is not what it sounds like. In fact, this has nothing to do with food at all.
Honestly I'm on the fence about this.
What it is, is that with a single touch you can have read an entire novel. Touch the spine of Twilight, and you have instantly read it, within the amount of time it took for your brain to process that your finger was on the book.
This goes for letters, essays any written media, as long as it is physical and you are able to touch it.
Why am I on the fence about this?
Because I am a student. Being able to read all the texts I need to and to gather and hold that information within seconds would be absolutely valuable to me. It would be, in the school system, the most OP power you could have.
So, on the academic side of things, yes, I WANT this.
On the hobby side of things? The one where I can curl up with a book and spend hours turning pages and living through heart-stopping chapters and tear jerking death scenes.
I don't want to miss that. I don't want to miss the experience of getting overly attached to a fictional character, I don't want to miss that scene where the main character is dying and everyone around is crying and professing their undying love and that arsehole you secretly liked all along suddenly blurts out some awkward comment that makes you laugh in it's absurdity.
I don't want to miss the cliff hangers or page turners.
I don't want to miss any of that.
And... well, I'm going to have a hobby of reading for much longer than I'm going to be a student so... yeah. That's why this is here.
Plus I don't want to get fined for reading the contents of my neighbors bills after taking them out of my letterbox because the postman screwed up again.
Anyway those are five powers I would never want to have, I hope you enjoyed reading and that I didn't make it too long!
I have had complaints that my takes are too long. No more!
So let me know in the comments what powers YOU would never want!