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On Unlimited Power

Updated: Mar 7

Have you ever wondered what could you do in life if you had the power to either create, destroy or preserve literarily anything or anyone in existence? It might be an interesting question to ask ourselves from time to time, but in my opinion, however, the concept of such unlimited power, upon application, could lead to immeasurable results on our lives, on our world and/or the universe, or on our galaxy at least.

Therefore, if I, for example, was given such capability, wasteful as it may seem, the first thing I shall do with “absolute power” is simple: I would cancel the ability I was just granted with and return to my previous state of being.

It may be sound stupid but, why do I, or anyone, need absolute power for? Wouldn’t it be cheating and immoral potential to have, given that it may cause more harm than good even if one’s intentions on such deeds of supernatural potential - are kind and pure?

No, thank you. I don’t want to accidently cause chaos that may effect on the whole universe itself; after all such power can make me do “absolutely anything. Even if I may choose to do good, such good may become corruption and misery, and when I may also have the ability to cancel it, my intentions may fail me once again, thus putting me in a state of infinite agony and chaos not only to myself but, as previously mentioned, to the entire universe itself, eventually. It would be exactly like a loop of trying to fix something but ending up deteriorating it further, leading to a potentially-inevitable incompetence by everyone that have yet to experience unlimited power, which is, everyone.

Besides, think of the loneliness it may cause its bearer: it wouldn’t be wise to let other people know you possess infinite power, because most of the chances would be that they shall not believe in you, and even mock or insult you. Every proof, I claim, in order to prove them wrong, may eventually destroy the universe itself, far-fetched as it may seem, and the only wise option in such state of being is to remove their memory of what you have just said to them. Let us not talk about those who might try to manipulate you to use your powers for their intentions while you could be in a state of naivety.

Another argument against the concept of infinite power would be the following: you may be able to do absolutely anything, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be proficient in doing so, which is a point that only strengthens my previous argument: that infinite power is always destructive and harmful unless canceled by its bearer. I can, for example, cook something, but it doesn’t mean that every attempt of cooking would be successful, just because I can do so. You of course can argue that the more I’ll try to cook the better I shall become. However, should I truly attempt to actualize my hypothetical infinite power in order to eventually become proficient in it? Even if I may be good at doing so, and getting exactly what I may want, there shall be points of thoughts I may miss because of the feeling of having enormous power, thus making me more stupid and consumed by my passions. Even if I may have the ability to not let my passions be consumed, I may still not know every single consequence of my supernatural actions, no matter how much wise I may be, and even if I shall use this power to be all-mighty wise, my brain, as a human brain, wouldn’t function properly, because no human is capable of achieving maximum wisdom, because maximum wisdom is not possible - wisdom is infinite, and having infinite wisdom is nothing more than an expression of arrogance, which may raise suspicion of either mere arrogance or insanity - thus, making me lonely not because of my infinite power, but simply because no one would believe me when I say so. Again, I would have no other wise choice but to remove other people’s memory of me telling them of my infinite power, because doing so would be better than eventually destroying the entire universe with such illogical theory.

To laconically summarize what is written in this article, all finite beings. Not even the most virtuous, wise, strong and charismatic person cannot function with infinity within each of their traits. If we are to cancel our finity using infinite powers - let’s say, cancel the limits of our brains - our brain itself would need to be infinite in size to contain the infinity in the first place!

To laconically summerize what is written in this article, we are all bound to the laws of logic, which our reality is constructed upon, whether physically or mentally, and some laws of logic cannot be broken not even by the most radical of fantasies. Even if a radical fantasy would hypothetically break apart an elementary law of logic, the rest of the reality would not function, thus, creating the likelihood of the universe being destroyed by one or a series of unintended accidents..

I personally don’t want to destroy the universe, and I would advise anyone to stay away from doing so even if they may be unaware of that at the present moment. Wouldn’t such destruction be such a waste and a misfortune? Wouldn't it be better to just work hard enough to have the resources of whatever can be changed in your life, instead of getting, theoretically, unlimited power, and possibly and ultimately regret getting the "easy" way of getting things done? Hence the double-edge result of obtaining unlimited power.