You survived the work week, but are you up for a Philosophical challenge in the Think Tank tonight?
I’m in a playful mood, and tonight’s topic is all about survival, risks, challenges, and rewards. A Philosophical reality show.
Do you think your Deep Thoughts are up for it? Can you survive another night in the Modern Philosopher’s Think Tank?
Join me if you’re feeling daring…
This week’s topic: You are washed up on a desert island with only the clothes on your back. You start down the beach and see a bottle in the sand. You run to it in hopes it contains something to drink. When you pull the cork, however, you free a Genie, you makes you an intriguing offer…
The Genie can send you home immediately to however life is at the moment. Or, you can stay on the island, try to survive, and be rewarded. For every month you survive, the Genie will give you one wish, which can only be used once you are off the island. Every month, he will also give you one item that will make your life on the island a little easier. If you choose to remain, your first “luxury item” would be a flint.
The Genie assures you that the island has a source of fresh water, and enough plants, animals, and sea life to keep you fed. He will return on the first of every month to see if you are still alive. That is the only time the Genie will appear. He cannot be summoned. When he appears, you must immediately decide if you are going to stay for another month or want to go home.
If you survive for six months, the Genie will send you home with six wishes and a bonus prize of $250,000.
What do you do?
I would definitely choose to stay on the island and see what happens. I’m up for a major challenge and a life altering event. It would make for great writing material, I’d definitely lose weight, and I’d get a chance to see what kind of man I am.
What fun I could have with six wishes and a quarter of a million dollars! Plus, I’d be an instant celebrity upon my return home, and when I sell the rights to my story, I’d stipulate that I’d be the one to write it.
Of course, I’m single with no real attachments, so vanishing for six weeks won’t be a major problem. Sure, I’d miss Cali and Luna, but I know my neighbors would take care of them. And when I return, I bet dating would be a lot easier for the famous castaway.
For those of you with ties at home, I want you to think very carefully about one of the Genie’s stipulations. He said that you could choose to return home immediately to “however life is at the moment”.
I’d really form some Deep Thoughts on the wording of that. I’d think about how I ended up stranded on that island. Was I on a cruise and the boat sank? Was I on a plane that crashed? Was I traveling alone? Or was I with loved ones? Since I was the only one to make it onto to the island, does that mean my loved ones didn’t survive?
See what I mean? Would you want to go home to a life where you’d have to mourn the tragic deaths of those closest to you? Would it be better to stay on the island where you’d be distracted? Could you use your wishes to bring back those you lost?
Like I said, this one is just a fun Philosophical challenge. Enjoy it. Be creative. It’s only all in your head…
I look forward to reading your comments. Happy Friday!