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If I could have any super power

There’s an old debate among us geeks.

Basically, people ask each other what kind of super power they would have if the opportunity were ever to arise.

Throughout the history of science fiction and comic books, there is a wide selection, with everything from the near invulnerability of Superman to the speed of the Flash, the healing factor of Wolverine or the invisibility of the Invisible Woman.

That last one used to be incredibly appealing to me. Growing up, I was more than a little socially awkward, and even was the target of some bullying. Being able to turn invisible would have been a great help to get out of some of those situations when I didn’t want to be noticed.

There are the classics, like super strength, flying, shooting beams from various areas, telepathy or telekinesis.

I know there are times with this job where super powers would be nice. There have been many instances where meetings and events are taking place at the same time. During those cases, super speed would be a big help, as would teleportation or even some form of time travel.

There even would be the option of creating clones of myself, that way I could be in several places at once.

In more recent years, there have been characters with enhanced intelligence who can almost immediately understand whatever material they read, allowing them to easily learn languages, become an expert on various topics and pick up a variety of skills.

Perhaps there would be a skill which would provide me with an opportunity to do a little traveling with my limited free time. That way I could visit with some friends, or see a few special landmarks across the country on the weekends.

There, of course, is that major lesson brought forth decades ago by Spider-Man, “With great power, there also must come great responsibility.”

A decision would eventually have to be made as to how and when those powers are to be used.

After all, there are drawbacks to any situation.

If I would have an ability to help me with work, it might lead to even more responsibility given to me, which would basically negate the reason for having those powers.

Then there is the question as to whether to openly use those abilities. You never know who might try to take advantage of them for their own benefit.

Should abilities be used only for that person’s benefit or to help others?

Then, there is the concern of others being hurt as a result. That’s a lot to take in.

Maybe super powers aren’t that great, after all.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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