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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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bronxelf_ag001 on June 23rd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well shit, Trav. I don't even get the benefit of knowing that I'm going to get the exact thing I want and that result *still* happens with everything in my life.

So in my case, a whole lot of things would be worth it- because at least for a short amount of time, I'd have actually gotten what I want, rather than *not* getting what I want and having it all turn to shit anyway.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 23rd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Having seen via the proxy of your LJ entries and the occasional chat what kind of shit things turn into in your life, my hypothetical is still involving a level of Golgothan demon-tainted hellish torment beyond what you've had to deal with... but of all the people I know, you've come the closest under your circumstances to convincing me.
bronxelf_ag001 on June 23rd, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
If one considers that you can only possibly be hearing or knowing about a portion (however much) of what's going on, I think that I'm closer than you think.

So sure. I'd do it- because the back end *is my life anyway*, at least I'd finally get the front end, too.