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Super powers (part 2) - Phil's Rambling Rants
April 29th, 2004
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Super powers (part 2)
I feel like writing something in my journal, but I don't know what.

I could talk about the wrens that seemed to have a nest on my morning walk, but since I can't post a picture, I've already pretty much covered it.

I could talk about how annoying it was to have a flat tire last night, or to have to pay $500 for new tires, but that would be whiny.

So instead I'll go back to an idea I hinted at earlier. My previous entry was titled "part 1", and I did intend to have more parts.

If you could have any one super power, what would it be? To develop it further, if you could have a second power, what would that be?

The primary ability I wish for is telepathy. Depending on how you define things, it might be one power or many. The first thing I want to be able to do is to know what animals are really thinking, to be able to let them really know that I love them and mean them no harm, and to know how they feel in return. Secondarily, I'd want to be able to do the same thing with humans, to let them really know my feelings toward them and to know how they felt in return. Communicating more complex thoughts mind-to-mind would come next, and lastly the ability to change the mind of someone who meant to hurt my friends so they wouldn't.

The secondary power I wish for is healing. To be able to sense what's going on inside my own or another body; to be able to reach in and fix it; and ultimately, to be able to rearrange things that aren't actually broken to make them better or more suited to the owner's desires.

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From:peteralway
Date:April 30th, 2004 01:58 am (UTC)
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Given your avatar/self-portrait thingie and username, I already had "If I could Talk to the Animals" from Dr. Dolittle stuck in my head by the time I reached the cut tag. I thought I'd blown my guess when I saw "telepathy."

So did you read or see Dr. Dolittle at an impressionable young age? After all, he was a fictional character with your super powers, if not expressed in those terms.
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From:tigertoy
Date:April 30th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC)
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I read the books, or as many of them as the Urbana library had, probably somewhere around the 4th-6th grade. They were fun to read, but I don't recall them making a really strong impression.

My family always had cats, and a fair number of other critters passed through from time to time, but I didn't start to realize how important animals were to me until I was in college, and I got over my fear and learned to love dogs.
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