Today I was randomly thinking about how different our world would be if every human was incapable of speaking. I wouldn’t go as far as to say we would be in total chaos, since nonverbal forms of communication do exist, but it would be a completely different society. If you think about it, you would find that most creatures have some form or audible method of communication, and for those who lack these methods, they have visual and hormonal ways to communicate. I wonder if humans would have developed a more advanced sense of hormonal change if we couldn’t speak. I know it is a far fetched scenario to think of all humans being mute, but I doubt we would have as many squabbles and wars if we all couldn’t talk. I am no expert on sign language, so don’t take my word as law, but I think it would be much harder to insult another person if we couldn’t use our words. If humans couldn’t speak, I believe the world overall would just be a nicer place, a place of less argument and of more understanding. Nobody knows how things would actually be in this odd scenario, but one thing I’m sure of is that humanity would still learn to survive and thrive in spite of any obstacles we would face.
Every once in a while, my friends and I get into random conversations, and most recently we got into a discussion about what we would choose as our top three most desirable super powers. Whenever super powers are discussed, it seems like most people are quick to choose the powers of Superman, powers like flight, super strength, and super speed, but I think those are pretty cliché and things would probably get boring quickly. If I honestly had the choice of three powers, I would choose the ability to control time, invincibility, and probably super strength. I always felt like, if super powers were real and if I was given the ability, I would use my super human talents to help others. It would probably be easier to be a villain, but I think I would have too much of a guilty conscience to be able to freely use abilities for evil purposes. The powers I chose were kind of a mixed bag, but the answers a person gives to the question of what abilities they would choose, can tell a lot about their character. Now, there is nothing scientific about this assumption, I just believe that there are some abilities that can only be used for personal gain or betterment. Abilities like mind control probably could be useful in helping others, but I’m certain that most people would use that ability to get whatever they want, before even trying to figure out how it can help others. I don’t base my decision to be friends with a person on their answers to this playful query, but I would say it is a fun question to ask others, just to see if you can get a glimpse into who they are from their answers. Humans in general are pretty transparent, no matter what we try to hide, it ends up showing through in our actions or behaviors. Try asking friends this super power question, you may not be so surprised with their answers.
Post apocalyptic fiction is very popular these days, from stories about zombies to random diseases wiping out most of the population, there are many different forms of media related to this genre. I find post apocalyptic fiction intriguing, I love watching the shows and reading the literature related to it, but it is far too unlikely to ever actually happen. I understand that it is fiction so I should really take it with a grain or two of salt, but it is so unlikely that I have to explain my qualms with the genre. The first issue I have with post apocalyptic fiction is the fact that the infrastructure of the cities and countries in which they are based is largely intact. I am not a civil engineer, but from what I know about cities like New York and Chicago, the infrastructure needs almost constant maintenance. If anything like the events of shows such as The Walking Dead, and the Last Man on Earth, ever happened there would be numerous manhole explosions, water main breaks, gas leaks, and power outages. Another issue I have is the total lack of faith in humanity many of these shows portray, humans are very resilient, and if there are more than two in any setting they will use their skills to help each other out, and learn the skills necessary to survive. Many of the titles in this genre exist under a premise that humans are blood thirsty barbarians, only set on survival, completely disregarding the fact that survival takes cooperation in most instances. Post apocalyptic fiction is and always will be a popular genre for storytelling and entertainment, I am just happy that I never have to live in a world where I would have to deal with the reality of a zombie outbreak.