When I was a kid, I knew this wise old man who was very into mystical Eastern philosophy. I didn’t really have a clue what that even meant beyond the little education I’d received from TV shows and movies. Which should basically tell you I wasn’t just dumb as a rock on the subject, I was as dumb as something a rock would call dumb. But, being a kid, dumbness didn’t stop me from being certain it must have something to do with POWERS. Probably not like super heros, but more like Jedi have.
One day I asked him if he could jump super high, sword fight uncommonly well or speed-read minds, that sort of stuff. He had an amused smile on his face as he shook his head, no. I deflated. Then he said, “I can move objects without touching them.” BINGO! I knew it!
Without saying anything, he caught the attention of a stranger walking behind him and said, “move that across the table” pointing to a paper clip. The man stopped walked over and moved the paper clip across the table with a sort of a “uhhhh, heh, what am I missing here?” look on his face.
I snorted and said THAT wasn’t a power, he’d cheated, but even at 12 years old I could tell he wasn’t acting like it was a joke or a prank. Just that wise knowing smile.
Now that I’m older and have seen more of the world and life and had kids, I’m not so sure any more. Especially when I look at all of the things my kids have gotten me and my wife to do, and the fact that getting them to do nearly anything does actually seem to require special powers. Jedi powers. Now somebody invent a friggin’ lightsaber already!
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