Have you ever had that conversation… would you rather be invisible or able to fly?
I have had this discussion a few times, with friends at a dinner party or over beers. Typically, people feel that if you choose flight, this means you are free, open adventurous spirit. Wanting to be invisible, on the other hand, means you are underhanded and sneaky.
I just finished the book Fade – a pretty good book and one that I would recommend – and it has a different take on invisibility. The premise of the book is that the main character can ‘fade’ – turn himself invisible. He initially thinks of the power as a fun way to spy on friends or follow a girl he has a crush on.
The story – and his power – soon take a deeper meaning. What do you really see when you are invisible? You see what people are like when no one is watching.
And this is where this discussion – would you like to be invisible? – gets interesting. Do you want to be able to see what people are like when no one is watching?
Do you really want to know how much porn your neighbour watches. Or how angry he or she gets with her children when no one is around? When we carefree from our ‘social contract’ that requires us to behave within society, what are we really like, and would you like to be able to see what others are like.
I sure wouldn’t.