“Through compassion, through love, we can solve many problems, we can have true happiness, real disarmament.”–Dalai Lama
I wish I were a superhero who could step into the body and mind of others and force others to step into someone else’s body and mind.
I could have gotten my power after being bitten by a radioactive Tibetan Lama.
You could call me Empathico.
I would use my power for world peace, marital bliss, and blogging fame.
First, I would start with the man in the mirror–well, not literally, because that would put me in a mise-en-abyme of empathy that would make Inception look like Sesame Street. Whenever I felt like I was right in a marital argument, which is always, I would step into the body and mind of my wife. I would also step into my sons’ bodies and minds before I ever disciplined them.
After fixing things at home, I would get on the internet. Imagine that, a superhero sitting in front of a computer reading blogs. I would slip into the minds of my favorite bloggers and figure out how they can be so witty, creative, prolific, and generous everyday without fail. Watch out Mirth and Motivation, Writing Ruth, Cristian Mihai, Dianne Gray, Dieuinthegrass, and Bodhisattvaintraining, I’ve got you in my sights–or should I say “sites.” With a million followers I would set my sights on world peace.
Since I would have gotten my powers from a radioactive Lama, I would force Chinese government officials to step into the body and mind of the Dalai Lama. After reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for 27 years due to apartheid, I realized that thousands of Tibetans have been in prison since 1959. That is 57 years of imprisonment and exile. The Dalai Lama has said that he is grateful for the Chinese in helping him reach a new level of compassion, but enough is enough, Free Tibet.
Then, just for kicks, I would force Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to switch places and watch all their campaign ads. Better yet, I would have a fourth debate.
I’m not sure how long my powers would last, so I would focus all my energy on one huge transformation. I would force all the men in the world, including myself, to live inside the body and mind of a woman for a month. Why a month? You’ll understand when the transformation is complete. That should do it–world peace.
Ok, so maybe it would take longer than one month to achieve world peace, but at least people would realize the power of empathy. And maybe little boys would stop wishing for bigger guns, blades like Wolverine, and sexual resumes like Charlie Sheen.
Who would you trade places with? Why? Who would you force to step into the shoes of another? Why?
This post inspired by a prompt from Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: I Wish I Were.
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- 7 Tibetans self immolate in one week (thehimalayantimes.com)
- The 57th Tibetan set himself on fire to fight for a free tibet that is less and less likely (rvampie.com)
- VIDEO: Dalai Lama hopeful of Chinese change (bbc.co.uk)