If you could possess any one talent or ability, what would you choose and why?
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This is surely something that would be better for you to answer yourself because whatever I or anyone else says might not really fit your situation... But anyway...
If I could possess any talent or ability, I would choose to be able to learn languages quickly and easily. I would choose this ability because I think that being able to speak languages other than my native language is a valuable thing. I think that being able to speak to people from other cultures is important because it increases my understanding of cultures other than my own. Finally, speaking other languages is just (in my opinion) fun. I get a lot of pleasure from learning new languages and learning how they differ from one another.
You do not say if this means it have to be a legitimate human ability. If I could have any ability, I would gain the ability to heal other humans. It would be great to be able to do this supernaturally like God. But, I understand the closest I might ever get is becoming a nurse or doctor in this day and age. Under those circumstances I could learn as much as I could to direct which medications should work for certain ailments. It would be nice to be able to just touch someone's broken foot and let my hand get warm while the foot magically heals. I would choose this because it hurts me to see others in pain. I want to be able to fix their deepest problems. In this world, physical pain is one of the greatest obstacles we have yet to fully overcome. Being one of the first to eradicate it would be a treat.
Aside from being able to fly like Superman--a distinct human impossibility--I would love to be adept at playing multiple musical instruments. I grew up playing piano and, later, clarinet and various saxophones, but I have not played much during the past 30 years. I would love to be able to pick up any instrument--especially guitar--and be able to play it. Of course, with lots of time and practice, I could achieve a part of this goal, but time constraints prevent me from trying to learn new instruments. I think it would be fantastic to have the talent to immediately (or at least quickly) have the ability to play beautifully on any instrument of my choice. Alas, that likelihood--without putting in the time and practice--is no more likely than leaping from buildings in a single bound.
I would have to choose immortality. Nothing beats living forever and I am curious as to what will happen to the universe in twelve billion years. Though I would have to suffer outliving anyone I ever met, I think I would be able to handle the pressures of living for ever.
I would choose the ability to play multiple musical instruments. I have never been able to quite learn how to play an instrument, but I think it would be great to be able to pick one up and just start playing.
I'm torn between musical talent or artistic talent. My entire family is musical--literally, all of them. I'm a great audience (something musical people need), but I'd rather be able to sing and play. In terms of art, I get so frustrated when I visualize wonderful things which my limited abilities keep me from creating. Thanks for asking!
I would have to agree with poster #5. The ability to live "forever" would be great (that is if you could take your loved ones with you).
Now that I think about it a bit more I would also like to have the ability to time travel. Not only could I see the future but I could see the past as well.
I have to disagree about immortality - there are so many bad examples of people who lived forever and it all went very wrong. No, I am quite happy with my 3 score years and 10, thank you very much. Now, the ability to be able to mark assignments with a click of my fingers - that would suit me just great. Much more useful than immortality :-)
I've always wanted the power of absolute lie detection. I cannot even count the number of times I feel like it would have come in handy.
And now, with the TV series "Lie to Me" (I think that's the name) I can see where I could eventually use the ability in a position of power.
On a less serious side, I've always wanted to be able to play piano by ear, really well. I was pretty talented in elementary and middle schools in music, but never developed the ability to play by ear.
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