If you had the power to see into the future would you use it?

The slight possibility of us relocating has been consuming me. I want to know the unknowable. I don’t want to just let things unfold. There are bits of information that are missing that we need to make hard choices. We will have to move forward in the blind.

I wonder about prescience. There is the obvious potential for personal gain. Knowing winning lottery numbers, stock prices, timing of IPOs, could help anyone live a profitable life.

You could also help humanity. Knowing how to cure disease and bringing that information into current research. Warning people of impending major weather events to help with evacuations. Canceling flights that are doomed to crash.

What about knowing about your own death, or the death of your kids. Would that change the way you live? Would it make you relax about risks that you knew would end well, or stay guarded against what would end poorly.

Anyone who has watched Star Trek has been warned of the risk of messing with the space time continuum. Its Einstein on speed.

If you knew what was going to happen would you feel less impactful, take less action, or more?

If you had the choice to know the future, would you choose it? If you were forced to have the information would you use it?

Unless any of you have a superpower we all just have to work with the information we have. Even when it is scant.


This was the hardest post for me to write in the 100 post challenge. Not because I care about the content but because I don’t. I don’t hear my voice in the sentences above, the string of questions. This is a perfect example of a topic that might be a good party conversation, but falls flat as a monologue. Apologies.


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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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