What If X Were Real?

Call me a dreamer.

I haven’t been getting on Twitter much lately, but I popped on there today to see what was up with the world (not much, really). But one thing caught my eye.

You see, Twitter has this thing called “trending topics.” It’s a word cloud of the words being used most in tweets at that moment in time, with the biggest words representing the most tweeted.

The big word of the moment: Wizards

For a split second, I got excited. I thought maybe, just maybe, someone had discovered that something akin to Harry Potter was real and that there was this whole other universe of wizards and spells and magic.

Sadly, though, it turns out that the Washington Wizards had won the number one draft pick in the NBA draft.

But it got me thinking: What if some figment of our imagination became real? It’s certainly not impossible. Think back to where the human race was 500, 100, even 50 years ago. So much of what we know now might be considered “impossible” or “magical” back then. I think it’s completely possible that something truly fantastic might happen to the world–whether it be in the realm of science, technology, religion, or the supernatural. What if you turned on the TV one day and discovered that X were real? What X would most excite you?

Some possibilities:

  • a real superhero with real superpowers
  • conclusive evidence that ghosts exist
  • conclusive evidence that heaven exists
  • alien contact
  • human travel at the speed of light
  • human levitation
  • invention of a collar that lets animals speak to humans
  • proof of existence of the Loch Ness Monsters/sasquatch/a good Transformers movie
  • flying cars (really, why hasn’t that happened yet on a vast scale?)
  • and, as I started this post, real magic in some form

What’s your X?

13 thoughts on “What If X Were Real?”

  1. It would be interesting to turn on the T.V. one day and see the first ever interview with Sasquatch. The poor beast was so tired of being chased it finally gave in and gave its first ever interview to Barbara Walters as one of the years most fascinating “people” or “things”. (Maybe this would shut the guy up from Destination Truth who keeps screaming every time he thinks he sees one.)

    Your list is good, you’ve pretty much covered all the bases.:) Especially the Transformers movie.

  2. I know this is only tangential to your post, but I have to take issue with the idea that a good Transformers movie does not exist. Am I the only one who remembers that fateful day in 1986 when “The Transformers: The Movie” was released? The heart wrenching feeling and the questions (“What? No! It can’t be!”) that filled my youthful heart when Optimus Prime DIES were probably my first exposure to losing a character in whom I felt a real sense of personal investment.

    Plus, the movie was set in 2005…waaaaayyyy in the future when robots truly could take over the world.

    • Obviously. Thank you for reminding Jamey of the REAL magic that is the original Transformers movie. I only add that the soundtrack is outstanding, and as a testament to just how timeless and empowering those songs are…I will admit that as I was biking to work today, “The Touch” by Stan Bush came on my shuffle. And I knew it was going to be a good day. If only 2005 could have been that epic.

      • Trev and Rachel–Oh, I thought about ALL the Transformers movies when I made that statement, trust me. A few years ago, right before the first live-action Transformers movie came out, I Netflixed the original Transformers movie to which you’re referring. It was terrible. I know, that’s nearly sacrilege for me to say, but it really is a bad movie. Most of it doesn’t make sense, it assumes way too much…it felt like a kid was explaining a movie to me, jumping around, skipping important details and then coming back to them, calling everyone “he.” It’s bad. Real bad. Watch it again and if I’m wrong, I’ll buy your ticket to the next live-action Transformers movie. Michael Bay needs my money.

  3. Hmmm, I was going to make the same point, that there was one good Transformers movie. I watched it in the build up to Bayformers part 1 and am willing to allow your criticism. There will never be a good Transformers movie until they start treating the robot characters with respect. Ok, so the spectacle of robots changing into vehicles and fighting is cool, but that can only take you so far within a movie.
    I challenge the writers of the next movie to make us care about the Transformers, like T-Mac did Prime in the animated movie.
    You just have to look to the current idw comics to see what can be done with giant robots.

    • I completely agree with you about finding a way for us to care about the Transformers. Otherwise they’re just hunks of metal smashing against one another. I also think Bay–like many directors today–need to calm down when they’re shooting action scenes. There are SO many quick cuts that I usually have no idea what happened during those scenes.

  4. I’d be awfully disconcerted if Heaven could be proved to exist, since that might mean that Hell did also, and I might have to change a lot of my bad habits in that case, since I certainly wouldn’t want to end up spending eternity as the marshmallow in a cosmic smores party.

    I’d be excited by telekinesis or teleportation, but only if I had them as superpowers. If other people had them I might be a little intimidated.

    • Well, what if you broaden “Heaven” to say “some form of life after death”? I don’t think it has to be as black and white as Heaven and Hell.

  5. Finding out I could fly, that would blow my mind the most.

    In the best dreams I’ve ever had, I could fly 🙂

    • I’d say my second-best dreams involve flying. My best dreams involve…well, unmentionables. 🙂


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