Such Prompt Predictability

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’:

Agree to disagree

Divided we Stand


Within my house, my son and I disagree on many issues. Belief in astrology is one of them.  Belief in God is another.

He does not believe in astrology at all.

I don’t absolutely believe blindfold but I don’t disbelieve either.   

If there is a major planetary transit taking place and if there is some news about it, I am keen to know how it will effect me and my dear ones.  And if currently there is a Saturn transit phase going on in my life, then the dread created by it has to have some remedies, as prescribed by the astrologers.  I argue with him.

But he mocks at it.  It’s such a humorous situation that the moment I talk about effects of Saturn, he puts his hands on his ears or else he opens the picture of the bulky planet and says, how can this concrete mass of rock have any power to change your life. 

Some time back, merely out of this new found curiosity, I had ended up learning a lot about both western as well as Eastern (Indian/Chinese) astrology.  When I mention to him that now I have gained a new kind of intricate knowledge, he cries hoarse, “That’s not knowledge. that’s anti-knowledge”

His arguments are that all this is what is taking us humans backward.   Sticking to dogmas and false beliefs.  He cites the research done on hundreds of identical twins to prove that people born on the same day and time do not share same kind of life or nature or future.  At this, I contradict that people born on same day have strange common experiences. There are many such cases world wide. What about that?  

Another thing that irritates this 21 year old aspiring scientist (a physicist to be precise) is that the term ‘science’ used by astrologers who call astrology an astrological science.  Science is always 100% true hence astrology is not science because it does not give the same results constantly, he justifies. 

Of course, my rational mind wants to believe him.  Why would I risk a reputation of being a mindless unthinking rigid prude unless and until I did actually experience some truth in astrology?

I inform him that I too had similar views when I was of his age.  Those days I used to be heavily amused by the predictions that one family friend had made after looking at my astrological chart.  Today, after so many years, I know they all came shockingly true. So how can I disbelieve like he does.  My son looks at me with a quaint expression, as if saying, “Maa, I would like to agree with you, but then we would both be wrong”  

Well this goes on.  Rather it’s fun and educational to challenge and to be challenged by your own family members. With friends, you can walk off but this is a life-long tussle.  

Moreover, the kind of arguments we have can never be resolved because of the topic of our disagreement and division.  This will reach its culmination only when science can actually and unerringly prove the validity or invalidity of astrology.  When I point this condition to him, my son says, it is already proven.  “What is there to prove in it?”, he says assertively in a raised voice.

In the meanwhile, I agree to disagree. Mostly I try to be the peacemaker by taking my arguments back.  But at the same time I continue my interest in astrology.  This curiosity won’t harm me, I say.  But he says, it will.

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This was in response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: Agree to Disagree that asks:
“Do you have a good friend or close relative with whom you disagree on a major issue (political, personal, cultural)? What’s the issue, and how do you make the relationship work?”

Please read my previous poem ‘Tug of War’ conveying similar moods.

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