If you could have ONE superpower...

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If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Individual » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:38 am

...What would it be? :ugeek:

To keep this discussion sensible and interesting, two rules:

#1. Only ONE superpower allowed. "I want Superman's power" doesn't count, because he has too many powers: Super strength, super speed, the ability to fly, invulnerability to harm, heat vision, X-ray vision, freeze breath, and super sense of hearing all count as ONE power each. Similarly, Wolverine has three powers: indestructible skeleton, retractable claws, and regenerative healing factor. Same goes for several other X-Men and Spider-Man, and many other super-heroes.

#2. Certain powers are too cheap to count, because they are too powerful. These include, but are not limited to: Molecular manipulation, Probability manipulation, Reality warping, Reactive evolution, Omniscience, Cosmic awareness, or Magic. Immortality and Invulnerability are acceptable, but they must be separate powers. Telepathy and Telekinesis or Precognition and Telekinesis must also be separate, although Telepathy and Precognition can go together. Also, certain kinds of molecular manipulation are acceptable, if it's narrow in scope (ex: the ability to manipulate metals or plants). Green Lantern's near limitless power over all things not yellow isn't narrow enough to be acceptable.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby adamposey » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:47 am

I'm gonna channel Dane Cook for a second:

I'd like to be able to shoot spaghetti out of my fingertips.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Dugu » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:59 am

I'll choose mind control - the ability to completely control over another person or entire group of people's mind at will and it doesn't wear off unless I stop it. :D I'll have a field day at work, everyone will be helping with my task, including my boss. :rofl:

Also with this power, I can bring peace to the world by changing the minds of all those who engage in wars.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Individual » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:10 am

Regenerative Healing Factor for me.
The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby pink_trike » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:15 am

Time travel.
Vision is Mind
Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby BlackBird » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:41 am

the power to teach
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby catmoon » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:01 am

MMM. How about the power to persuade people of things?
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Individual » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:04 am

catmoon wrote:MMM. How about the power to persuade people of things?

Aka "mind control"
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby adamposey » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:19 am

catmoon wrote:MMM. How about the power to persuade people of things?

These are not the droids you're looking for.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby catmoon » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:41 am

adamposey wrote:
catmoon wrote:MMM. How about the power to persuade people of things?

These are not the droids you're looking for.



Droids? What droids? Oh you mean those two over there that... aren't... there?
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:45 am

One power? The power to put an end to silly threads such as this.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:45 am



Flaming Lips: The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BGdx5miu_U
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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:47 am

tiltbillings wrote:One power? The power to put an end to silly threads such as this.


:jumping:

Actually, don't you have that power already? :tongue:
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby zavk » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:52 am

retrofuturist wrote:

Flaming Lips: The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song.

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BGdx5miu_U


YES!!!! I had the exact same thought when I first saw this thread!!!!!!!

Lyrics to The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song :
If you could blow up the world with the flick of a switch
Would you do it?
If you could make everybody poor just so you could be rich
Would you do it?
If you could watch everybody work while you just lay on your back
Would you do it?
If you could take all the love without giving any back
Would you do it?
And so we cannot know ourselves or what we'd really do...

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power
What would you do?

If you could make your own money and then give it to everybody
Would you do it?
If you knew all the answers and could give it to the masses
Would you do it?
No no no no no no are you crazy?
It's a very dangerous thing to do exactly what you want
Because you cannot know yourself or what you'd really do

With all your power
With all your power
With all your power
What would you do?


Having said that, I too think it'd be pretty neat to be able to time travel!
With metta,
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby davcuts » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:01 am

I want Claire's power from Heroes. Good ol Claire can't die. Oh wait I think the power I'd like to have is not to take cyclic rebirth in samsara...hmmmm seems like someone I read about had that power :tongue:
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:02 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:One power? The power to put an end to silly threads such as this.


:jumping:

Actually, don't you have that power already? :tongue:
Yes, I actually do, but being a benevolent sort, I use my powers only for good. But that being the case, maybe I should put an end to this silly thread.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
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Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Jechbi » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:04 am

Individual wrote:...What would it be? :ugeek:

Mastery of all languages.
Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby Dugu » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:15 am

tiltbillings wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:
tiltbillings wrote:One power? The power to put an end to silly threads such as this.


:jumping:

Actually, don't you have that power already? :tongue:
Yes, I actually do, but being a benevolent sort, I use my powers only for good. But that being the case, maybe I should put an end to this silly thread.


But I'll use my power to change your mind. :twothumbsup:
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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:17 am

tiltbillings wrote:Yes, I actually do, but being a benevolent sort, I use my powers only for good. But that being the case, maybe I should put an end to this silly thread.

Yes, but that would be a benevolent act... :stirthepot:

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Re: If you could have ONE superpower...

Postby alan » Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:32 am

I'd like to make all people abide by rationality and logic. And have them desire the best for everyone.
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