A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?
Anyone who has ever read or watched Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) knows, that even if there may be the occasional benefit of knowing what everyone is thinking – the bad far outweighs the good.
Drawing from the experience of my own inner-dialogue, knowing what everyone I spoke to was thinking would be maddening.
In the matter of meaningful conversation, how sad would it be to take away the mystery of where a conversation may lead? How can you be in that moment when you are in their head while their thoughts are forming?
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Let’s be honest, sometimes we just do not want nor need the blunt and honest, first thing that pops into your head answer. Addressing and answering a person’s motive for a question is a far more loving approach many times.
So, no. Please, Mr or Ms Mad Scientist, introduce your chip to the garbage disposal on a deep and personal level. Nix the mass marketing plans. I will keep the love of my husband, children and friends.
If that mad scientist was a real friend, they would focus on a young and beautiful chip that I can’t turn off.