A question was asked, what would I do with the power to turn invisible for the day?
Setting aside the actual physical invisibility that the suggestion refers to, for a moment, I would argue that I am already invisible in social situations. Don’t feel sorry, though, since I prefer to be on the fringe of any conversation or social gathering. “A part of, but apart,” is my personal motto when it comes to such things.
This is not to say that I do not participate in certain social conventions when expected to do so, though I will always wait for an express invitation before making an appearance. I don’t do this to be rude, you understand, I do it because I prefer to avoid awkward social interactions. (For me, virtually all social interaction is awkward). For example, weddings, funerals, and birthday parties are among those social conventions where the rules of “friendship” dictate an appearance, though I don’t appear simply to meet those social expectations. I like my friends, therefore I want to show my support for their decisions or pay my last respects. Or simply help them celebrate becoming a year older, were that the case.
The question, though was asking about physical invisibility and what I would do with it. Assuming I had the power to make invisible anything I picked up, I think I would use it for personal gain.
It’s probably wrong of me to think of doing bad things and breaking the law, but such an opportunity to gather a few items that I, in my estimation, need, would be too good to pass up.
Perhaps, to balance the scales, I’d do something more altruistic such as infiltrate the lair of a gang to record them discussing their latest crime, for the police. Or trailing a suspect to see if s/he leads me to the kidnap victim the police are searching for.
Maybe my actions would reflect in some other fashion. Perhaps I’d get into places where reporters couldn’t go and snap some photographs of war crimes to expose the atrocities and spur some action to stop them.
Of course, this invisibility field would have to dampen sound as well. That or I’d need to steal a quiet camera.
So, that’s what I’d do. What would you do?