The blogging 101 assignment to write a post about the Truth Serum prompt didn’t interest me at all. “You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?” I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to spend time on it. And, I didn’t want it on my blog.
So, here I am, having given it considerable thought, writing about it anyway. Even worse, it has prompted more thought about a subject, Secrecy, that I have been interested in for many years. Look for a post on that subject soon.
I find I can’t answer the “who” question until I have answered “why.” Why would I give a truth serum to anyone?
- I might want to satisfy my curiosity about something they have already done.
- I might want to find out what they are planning to do because I suspect they should be stopped.
- I might expect that the information I get will alter my life in some way.
- I might want justification for some action I contemplate. It just looks better for me to be responding than initiating some controversial action.
Well, I lead a pretty bland life. I’m not interested in gossip. I don’t have friends or children who look like they are about to engage in mass murder or suicide. I don’t have the ability to keep countries from going to war. I don’t have any need for revenge on anyone, so those reasons just don’t have any appeal.
The best reason I see in that list is that I might learn something useful that would alter my life—for the better I might hope. So, I’m going to lock myself in a room, drink the serum, review my life, and see what I learn.