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23 June 2008 @ 10:10 am
Ethics/results noodling  
Got a hypothetical question for you, oh my gentles.

Say you knew from experience that you could have anything, quite literally any possible thing you asked for, simply for the asking. You know for absolutely certain that you will receive exactly, word for word, the results for which you ask. If you want to think of it as a magic wish, go ahead.

Anything possible under the sun, just by asking. Any result. You want a job? A specific one? One currently held by someone else? You want a car? You want money? You want a LOT of money? For any reason at all, selfish or not? You want someone's love? A specific person? You want someone dead? Today? Ask. It shall be yours.

Now, here's the twist: once you have what you have asked for, it will go wrong from there. I don't mean that the shine wears off or that your desire dulls. I mean that the situation will spoil, will utterly decay out from under you and become horrid. You could always ask for another wish to rectify things, yes... but then, that will decay, too. Someone pays for the ride. Someone always pays for the ride. It isn't always you... but someone pays.

Can you think of anything that would be worth it? Why, or why not? You know that the dark turn of events is due to your method, so does guilt enter into it for you? What if you're the one who pays, does that make it easier or change your mind?
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Kitsune: lonefaekitsunegeek on June 23rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
*wry smile* Ah, Eternal questions. I can only tell you the path I have already chosen; I made the choice long ago.

No matter how far I stretch, how far forward or how far back I look; I can not ever see the whole picture at once. Yet I know that if I pluck a single strand of the web, the vibration is felt across the entirety. I have never been able to reconcile the suffering of so many against the careless malice of a few; the slow destruction all around me against the willful ignorance of greed; or even the comparably small pain of those I love against my ability to protect them from it. But the price of dramatic intervention is strikingly high. I have always believed that price is so high for a reason. No matter how much it pains me, I have chosen a quieter path; a path of small, slow ways, subtle arts and steady petitions.

I have to believe that greater forces that I see a larger plan; that this is all going to work out somehow; that there is justice and rightness in the end, but the end is beyond my vision. None of this keeps me from railing at the skies, shouting at the Gods, weeping in despair, or suffering anew at every new crisis; but I have chosen my path.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
So, no, then? ;)
Kitsune: Jarethkitsunegeek on June 23rd, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I could have just said that... but where's the fun?