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Practical Superpowers

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If superpowers did exist and we as humans were lucky enough to develop them, it would be interesting to see what would happen. Now, I’m not just talking about the idea that people wouldn’t be able to control them (because let’s face it that has been done to death, we know we couldn’t really handle them, and that’s not the idea behind this post). I’m talking about what I might do if I had super powers and no one else did. I think that I would find a usage for them to enhance my standings while staying out of the Super Hero business. Enter the idea of practicality when it comes to powers. I think it could be ingenious if someone used their powers to benefit themselves and others, just not in the save the world kind of way.

–Super strength–a staple of super hero movies and comics. It seems to be one of the most common powers. For those who might not be familiar with the whole genre, this power would give you increased strength in all things. I think the most practical usage of this would be a moving company. I mean seriously think about it. A person who chose to use their powers in this way would not have to have anyone else to help them with the whole moving procedure…I mean sure you might want to have others for a front, but that would be up to the individual. You could get people moved in record time and get paid normal rates for all the blood, sweat and tears that you didn’t have to put into the job.

–Telepathy–The ability to read the minds of those around us. While this would be an annoying power to have (who wants to be able to read all the people’s minds around us…it’s unseemly), it too has its practical usage. Aside from being a fortune-teller and telling others what they want to hear, this power could be very useful. You are practically a human lie detector. People would pay you to have your input before big business deals and to determine if people were being completely honest with them. The drawback, if someone knows you have this power and doesn’t want their secrets spilled, you might find yourself in dire straights.

–Telekinesis–Probably one of the most versatile powers, it can be used to move or for many other facets of life…the usage of this power is pretty much up to the imagination of the person wielding it…so, if you want to be an acrobat, an explorer, etc. It could be handy in any pursuit…imagine if Indiana Jones had this or anyone you might think about.

–Weather manipulation–The ability to control the weather…in all of the comic book realm, I can only think of one person who has this power, and she is calm and composed all the time. Why? Because if she gets angry, sad, etc., she causes change in the weather…it’s a blessing and a curse of sorts. If I were going to think of a logical, non-super use of this power, it would have to be something like event planning. Think about it. How many people would be willing to pay thousands of dollars to not have it rain on their wedding day or to have snow for Christmas. Enter the weather goddess/god to suit their needs. The biggest downside I would see to this whole “create your own weather for any occasion” business would be that it would get the scrutiny of the government fairly quickly…which is a downer because they wouldn’t leave you alone….they would want to use you.

Sometimes, when my friends and I sit around discussing superpowers, we get into these kinds of discussions. I think it’s interesting to think of them with this sort of spin because really who wants to think about being a hero or a villain all the time. Why can’t we think of just normal people living normal lives with the aid of extraordinary powers?

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Written by barryr22

April 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

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