The Daily Prompt: Advantage of Foresight
‘You’ve been granted the power to predict the future! The catch — each time you use your power, it costs you one day (as in, you’ll live one day less). How would you use this power, it at all?‘
Yes. I will use this power. Very much so. I’d like to be able to promptly predict the upcoming Daily Prompt, say a day or so before Word Press puts it up for us writers. For that I don’t mind losing one day of my life.
But to do this, I need no crystal ball. All I have to do is scroll down on the Daily Prompts page and rotate the mouse-arrow on the list of demised (but often-resurrected) prompts, all this while chanting…‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe’. Or else, simply close my eyes, mediate and pick one up.
Other than that, I can try to intelligently speculate the market trends.
Scroll down. Have a careful look.
“This one was taken only last week. No No! They won’t repeat it so soon.”
Scroll down further.
“I remember I answered this one last month. Nope. Still too early.”
Scroll down…scroll down.
“How about this one? It was repeated only once, they may go for this.”
Whichever technique works, once my predictions come true, I’ll be popular among prompt-addicts as I share the divine secrets and get them prepared to conquer the blogging world.
If the prompt-enthusiasts know before hand that they have previously answered the upcoming prompt, they need not wait for it with anxiously beating hearts. They can relax and chill out, something like take a day off or go for a full-day vacation.
This will give me happiness which will result in good health and longevity. With improved health I’ll be adding extra days to my life, a compensation for days of my life bargained in the act of predicting,
Another thought comes to my mind. Instead of writing this mumbo jumbo, why can’t I think of some prompts and suggest them to The Daily Post. In any case, I am relatively new to Word Press, on top of that I’m a prompt-loafer so most of the prompts they put up are new for me. Hence, it doesn’t matter to me that they are oft-repeated prompts.
My above rant was all in good humor. But after reading a few serious replies to the prompt Advantage of Foresight, I concluded that generally, most human mortals do not wish to know their future or predict anything for anyone. Mysteries of life, howsoever painful, are better than knowing what is coming ahead.
Say, if I had responded to this prompt by saying…”I would like to be able to predict my own death“, and what if I had actually foreseen that I’ve merely another day to live, then…well…then how would it be possible for me to donate them a day of my life that I’ve committed to lose in exchange for gaining this precognitive power to predict future?
Now that was some conversation winding around the maze of prompts and predictability.
Here’s a different meaning of ‘prompt’: