We asked four people what they thought life would really be like if humans had certain superpowers. 

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Superpowers for a super life?

What do you think life would really be like if humans had certain superpowers?

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If we boasted the superhuman ability to fly, we would no longer need to worry about plunging from balconies or tumbling out of trees. It would also have a significant impact on urban architecture as buildings could soar with no need for lifts, except when transporting heavy loads. In addition to the potential change in city landscapes, dwellings on the sides of steep cliffs and hills would become more accessible, which could affect property prices. On the question of immortality, an obvious drawback would be the strain on the Earth’s resources due to intense overpopulation. It’s difficult to envisage how food and housing would stand up to such a challenge.

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It would be great if we all possessed superhuman speed like Marvel hero Quicksilver, because we’d be able to stay in bed until the last possible moment without running the risk of being late for school or work. However, the sceptics among us put forward the idea that moving at such speed would ignite our shoes and leave a blaze which would disintegrate everything trailing behind us. This is aside from being blinded by bugs, birds or dirt that happen to get in our path. One superpower I’m not convinced by is immortality. Human existence would become relentlessly monotonous and tedious – a real-life Groundhog Day. Furthermore, any once-in-a-lifetime experiences would completely lose their value. I must admit, I’m intrigued to know to what extent our perception of time would change. As it is, time appears to pass more quickly as we age, but what would happen if we lived for eternity?

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There are obvious pluses to humans being able to fly, such as a huge reduction in traffic congestion and pollution, not to mention more affordable travel expenses. Needless to say, it would not be without its complications. With the entire population racing around above the ground, some degree of air traffic control would be required to keep chaos at bay. However, we would be at even greater risk if we were able to run at superspeed. Not only would we destroy everything in our path but direct collisions with objects or other people would undoubtedly be fatal. Looking on the bright side, perhaps with so many of us being obliterated on impact, overpopulation from immortality wouldn’t be so likely.

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In my view, being able to fly would pose a security threat at both national and international level. Border protection would become a major concern and countries would constantly need to patrol their airspace. It would be more difficult to protect individual properties too, which could increase the risk of burglary and personal safety. Air traffic control would be inevitable in towns and cities to bring some order to the skies. With regard to immortality, there is no question it would deplete the planet of its resources and the prospect of living in increasingly overcrowded conditions is far from appealing for most. My superpower of choice would be the ability to move at superhuman speed. With the necessary face and head protection to keep us intact, tardy arrivals would become a thing of the past.

 

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Discussion

If you could choose one superpower, which would you like to have? Why? What would life be like?

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Panama 18 February, 2018 - 20:19

I have always dreamt about being able to fly or being invisible and I'm not sure which one would I choose, however I would never ever want to be immortal as I consider it to be a kind of nightmare. I don't mind long life but interminable life is totally senseless, as we would stop trying to do anything which has any meaning cause we would have a lot of time for it... Infinity, actually. And, another thing, we all dream about some kind of superpower, but isn't it because of our need to be unique? We want to be like a Marvel hero, the only person in the world being able to fly or being invisible, rather than considering giving a specific superpower to everyone. It would be nice, of course, to be able to fly, but it won't be actually nothing special if everybody can do that, will it?

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FRANGOGA 5 September, 2017 - 11:52

In my view, if I had to choose one superpower I would definitely take teletransportation, that is, the power of transfering matter from one point to another instantly. It could be used with items so that you could order your room just by thinking, but also with oneself, so that you would be able to travel without wasting time in airports. I think this superpower would be more efficient than superspeed since no collapse between speeders would take place. On the other hand, we must consider this superpower as fatal when used with dark purposes. Vault, secure rooms, prisons...they would become things of the past.

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Juanraurbano 28 August, 2017 - 09:49

In my opinion, we don't need super-powers because, if we do the things right (practice sports, improve languages, study) we get some super-skills and this is good for us in the same way. The super-power of immortality or fly might be dangerous as the text show

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DragonBlood 26 August, 2017 - 12:12

I would really like to travel in time. I've always wanted to know how people lived in the ancient Greece, see the dinosaurs or even now what's going to happen in the future.
I could eliminate my past mistakes... The possibilities are endless.

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fay4 1 July, 2017 - 20:03

I'd like to fly .. Because flying is very nice specially when you can fly fast so you have two superpowers in one ... I think if we all could be able to fly, cities will be like Hives of bees because if it isn't protected well it will be attacked easily so I think we'll follow the bees steps ...

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