|2003-11-25 02:39 (UTC)
|Oh man, good question...
The problem with trying to select only ONE thing is that I seem to always feel one of two ways...
A) The world is totally fucked up, so push the button and send the missles. Humanity is beyond redemption. Let's just take off, and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
B) The world is basically alright. There are a lot of little niggling problems, but we're smart enough to figure them out.
In case A), one wish is no use. There are so many things wrong one wish just isn't going to cover it. In case B), one wish is pretty much useless, since we'll figure it out eventually anyway.
Also, when you've watched as much sci-fi as I have, you're usually wary of changing past events - that whole unintended consequences thing seems to crop up quite a bit.
Today I'm more in mood B. Hence I can't think of anything that is really so fundamentally wrong in the present that I need godlike power to change it. (Hell, even if Bush gets another term, then he gets his four more years and then he's out for good. Thank god for term limits. (Heh. I bet the conservatives said the exact same thing about Clinton...))
I'll probably think up something better later on and smack myself in the head, but at the moment the best I can come up with is this:
Slavery in America never happened.
This would have some interesting consequences. American culture would probably be less rich and diverse right now since there would probably be only a teeny, tiny number of African people here. But I'm willing to take that hit for the much greater justice of never having enslaved our fellow human beings.
If I had another wish, I'd wish that bin Laden's little September 11th adventure was discovered and countered before it killed 5000 Americans in the WTC. But I bet more than 5000 slaves died during the slave trade, so I'm considering slavery a higher priority.
There's also what was essentially the genocide we perpetrated against most of the Native American population to consider. I'm not sure if partial genocide or slavery is worse. Maybe I'd have to flip my silver dollar I keep in my wallet to make a decision between those two...