Prompt: If you had the power to read minds for one day before you went crazy from all the chatter, how would you use your mind-reading powers for good?
Days pass when the chatter of people carrying on inane conversations make me want to flip the off switch.
The 24/7 technological connectedness amplifies this condition and I imagine that reading minds would be yet a further amplification. Except that while so-called “good” thoughts would be added to the mix, so too would the lies, the untruths and harsh realities.
I admit this would require growing an extra layer (or layers) of my already thick skin as a buffer against vitriol. However, I prefer to think I’d take the high road as a clairvoyant and offer advice to those with negative proclivities.
People, in my experience, can often be their own worst critics. I imagine someone with plenty of talent but low on self-esteem pondering thoughts like: “I’ll never be good enough to make a living as an artist (or baker, or chauffeur, or deputy sheriff…)”
I’d inquire first as to the source of this belief. I have found that with reasonably regular frequency, when questioned on nearly any topic about why they believe what they believe, people come to realize that their basis is neither logical nor sound. It’s as if they formed an opinion early in the thought process either because someone told them things are a certain way, or they alone came to a quick conclusion without doing real research.
Can I be an artist? Who am I comparing myself to? Why am I comparing myself to them? Do I need formalized education to achieve my goal? What skills do I possess that can help me? What or who stands in my way? How do I want to live? Am I high maintenance? Do I live in an area where I can be successful? Does geography matter? Am I a night owl or an early bird? How does that affect my ability to become who I want to be? Who can help me?
Reading another’s mind, catching and pointing out the negative and analyzing those thoughts by asking a myriad of questions can easily clear a path to the positive. If I could read people’s minds and help them improve upon themselves, I’d consider that as “using my powers for good.”
I know what you’re thinking…