My 3 Wishes Essay

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“What would you do if you had three wishes?” is an age-old question that dates back to Arabian tales involving genies and magic lamps. The legend allows the master of the lamp any three requests except more wishes. In college, during boring lectures, I used to ponder what I would wish for. Coming up with a realistic answer is very difficult because one always wants to maximize the benefit of one’s three wishes. Considering which wishes might be encompassed in other wishes is crucial. For instance, requesting infinite wealth may seem like a great first wish, but upon greater reflection, asking to live forever would eventually allow you to achieve the same goal. Not only would your investments have more time to grow, but book and television deals would keep ...view middle of the document...

The benefits of any good thing are bound to fade when there is nothing bad with which to contrast it. If you were always happy, then happiness would turn into a standard, unspecial state. Even a wish as wonderful-sounding as living forever would backfire because life is validated by death. If we were able to live forever, our time would become worthless. There would never be a need to seize the moment because infinite other moments would lie ahead. Therein lies the quandary of all-encompassing wishes: they eliminate risk and uncertainty, rendering life unexciting. If I had three wishes, I would ask 1) for myself, my family, and my future wife and kids to live in perfect health for 150 years, 2) to be told the meaning of life right before I die, and 3) to be able to fly. Perfect health requires no explanation. Learning the meaning of life would instill me with purpose and give me ultimate peace of mind. However, I wouldn’t want to find out the meaning of life too early in case the answer was too shocking for me to handle, thus propelling me into a metaphysical crisis. And flying? It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. It would make life more beautiful to be able to soar above the trees and perch on the tops of mountains. There are other ideas I’d consider in place of the second and third wish – the ability to freeze time, the power of cupid’s arrow, and world peace, among others – each of which has a world of benefits and drawbacks to it. But that’s the joy of this exercise: it’s so open-ended that it could keep you occupied for hours. - See more at:

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