This is so awesome. From the series JL8 by Yale Stewart, super cool. Check it out here.
If you could wish for anything, what would it be?
My answer: Nothing.
I consider the concept of wishing to be a bit of a conundrum. The way I see it is that the idea of there being a theoretical/hypothetical “Wishing Well” exists as an anomaly. Anomalies, naturally, should not exist. If they were to exist then, I believe, they are best left alone. Let’s break it down.
The wish granter exists as the anomaly. The wish itself is a transaction, this will be the action itself. Every transaction requires currency, in this case it would be energy required for the action of the wish.
So now, let’s consider a couple things on how the universe works. We have Newton’s Third Law of Motion which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction (Yes, I know I’m applying this in a general way). The idea of the wish is that whatever your desire is, it is granted out of thin air. That’s pretty much the basis of a wish. However, you also have to consider that, anomaly or not, everything uses energy; the anomaly is simply an instrument that channels the energy into a wish. So now, let’s look at the law of conservation of energy. This law states that energy can not be created or destroyed. Which brings us back to Newton’s third law. If we’re following the logic of the universe then the energy has to be displaced from somewhere.
As you can see now, we have a small issue; where would the energy come from? What other anomalies could we be creating in the universe when making a wish?
Obviously this is just my hypothetical take on the matter. But, even if wishes functioned in magical ways where the granter worked pro bono, I still don’t think I’d want to mess with it. I don’t really believe wishing away problems is really an ethical way to go about resolutions anyway. Yes, world peace and hunger included. Those are our problems as a society, they exist because of us; how long is a wish going to keep them at bay? Not long, because you don’t really learn much when you don’t have to do anything about the issues. Plus, there’s a myriad of other consequences to be dealt with even in the light of good things (Newton’s Third Law once more). For example: Wish for all disasters, wars, diseases, etc. to end::overpopulation. In this case, you have layers of equal and opposite reactions.
I’m a big believer in not messing with stuff you don’t truly understand, at least on the grander scale. So next time you see a shooting star, toss a coin, or blow an eye lash, just remember; be careful what you wish for.