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Brittney Gaudino

Acquisition Specialist, General Physics Corp.

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If you could trade lives for 24 hours; who would you trade with? Why?

The sky is the limit; humans, cartoon characters, mythological creatures & Gods...etc.
- Who would you want to live as for 24 hours?
- Why does their life appeal to you?
- What do you think you could learn from them?


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    Dec 15 2011: I agree with Tibor, this is an amazing question! When you include mythical people the options are limitless. I would definitely pick a Greek God and I would pick Zeus. His life appeals for the obvious reasons: opposite sex to myself, a God with extraordinary power and the ultimate leader, King of the Olympians. However what interests me the most is the interplay between the lives of the Gods and the mortals on Earth. I think being able to see humanity from an objective perspective would be riveting, looking at us with all our weaknesses and temptations and the consequences. Zeus was very anthropomorphic but he never really had to face consequences for his selfish decisions. I would be curious as to whether death would suddenly become an appealing concept when one is going to live forever/ whether love is as eternal as people tend to believe when the idea of eternity is very real and tangible. I also wonder what the relationship between Gods and humans would be like: is it equivalent to ours with ants, or dogs perhaps, creatures with smaller minds, limited perception and whose sensory functions are vastly inferior to our own?

    William Blake once wrote: 'how do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way is an Immense world of Delight, clos'd by our senses five?' and this question makes me think of all that. The possibilities for knowledge beyond a priori and a posteriori are again limitless. This is why I would be a God.

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