I’ve been thinking a bit about genies lately. In fact, I’ll be posting a piece on my other blog, Pattiken and the Muses called Genie-ology Tuesday afternoon. With all this musing about genies, it’s not surprising that my thoughts wandered to three wishes. Were a magic lamp to fall into my lap, what would I choose as my three wishes?
Not an easy question. There are so many things that crossed my mind, and yours, too, I suspect, because we are somewhat predictable as human beings programmed by our culture and life experience. Health, wealth, success, security, beauty, brains… all are things we’ve been programmed to desire. They all probably fall somewhere along Maslow’s hierarchy.
Once you’ve satisfied the foundation of that hierarchy of needs, and move toward the pinnacle, your wishes may turn more fanciful: a midnight blue Maserati, a pied-à-terre in Paris (and since we are creative people, let’s make it a garret on the Left Bank), a best seller, a size 10 wardrobe that actually fits, to be 25 again but with all the wisdom gained in the years since, the metabolism to eat anything without gaining weight, smaller feet, and what the hell, as long as we’re being fanciful, a date with George Clooney.
I can just hear the genie (who for some bizarre reason sounds like Jerry Lewis) now: “Hey,
l-a-a-a-d-y, that’s way too many. You only get three wishes, you know.”
What a dilemma. Well, I’ve given this a lot of thought (because you never know when that lamp may come your way and you want to be ready, don’t you know) and I think I’ve come up with the perfect three wishes. So, Genie, if you’re listening, may I please have these:
A Transporter, a Replicator and a Holodeck
If you are over the age of ten and have been paying attention, you know what those things are. And if you think about it, you’ll see why I think those would be the perfect things to have. (If you’ve been dozing for the past 30 years or so and don’t know what they are, ‘Google’ them. Wikipedia will tell you all about it. )
Yeah, those are my three wishes. (sigh)
How about you? Got your order ready, just in case?