#1 Posted by cer1992 (8 posts) -

Just as the question states above. Can humans, in general, handle having superpowers and using them as they please?

Powers and levels vary, but fall under the "traditional" powersets we think of: Strength, Telepathy, Speed, Flight, Energy blasts, lasers, phasing through solid objects, etc. Nothing too complicated, useless, or bizzare.

Give you opininion on whether or not people in this world are mentally ready to gain superpowers in the current state of minds.

In other words, basically what I'm asking is, if you had to vote, would you choose for ALL human beings on this planet (regardless of race, gender, religion, alignment, etc.) to suddenly gain a superpowers right now or is that not such a good idea?

#2 Posted by Sterling (2819 posts) -

Simple answer, no. Too many people would use said power for selfish gain only, causing harm to many others.

#4 Posted by cer1992 (8 posts) -
#5 Posted by AoDfan (30 posts) -

"With great power, comes great responsibility". I don't think much of the general populace of the planet could handle extra powers.

#6 Posted by MistaSparkle (2150 posts) -

If we had superpowers, I'd be dead the first time I got in an argument with my sister.

#7 Posted by bennyboy (329 posts) -

I want the super power to never need to sleep.

#8 Edited by Coafi (1494 posts) -

Is the world ready? No way. Am I ready to have superpowers? Fuck yes!

#9 Edited by living4theday258 (678 posts) -

@bennyboy said:

I want the super power to never need to sleep.

i dont want that power..... i need that power.

on second thought nah i like the feel of a good rest. i would rather have telekinesis so i wouldn't have to get up to get something that's less than a foot out of reach.

EDIT: oh yea on topic..... nah i don't think people are ready.

#10 Posted by PenguinDust (12668 posts) -

Who gives a shit about the world? I've been ready since I was 5.

#11 Edited by bennyboy (329 posts) -

@living4theday258: ah but see, you could still sleep if you wanted to, but you don't need to.

#12 Edited by MentalDisruption (1680 posts) -

No, but I'd very much like to have super powers.

#13 Edited by believer258 (12326 posts) -

@bennyboy said:

@living4theday258: ah but see, you could still sleep if you wanted to, but you don't need to.

Well, the satisfaction of sleep comes from getting it when you really need it. Honestly, I would much rather only need sleep once a week rather than once per day, but I can't say that I actually want to get rid of it altogether. Having no troubles for eight hours at a time is not a bad thing.

If we're going through the superpower drive-through, then get me flying with a side of Majin Buu-like healing powers as well as these sleep-once-a-week powers. I'll be a supremely happy camper then, especially with the insane number of extra hours my life would now have.

EDIT: Uh, to post something on topic, humanity as a whole is not and never will be ready for superpowers, even if they were real. I know superhero comics and stuff are almost always cartoonish in their violence, but there are plenty of people out there without any sense of morals, or with morals warped to the point of violence against others for not following their morals, that it would be dangerous for any sort of power to fall in their hands. Yes, that's a cartoonishly hilarious statement, but it's a damn good reason to say "no, humanity does not need super powers".

#14 Edited by cer1992 (8 posts) -
#15 Posted by AiurFlux (903 posts) -

Imagine Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with superpowers. Or a terrorist with superpowers. No. Far to risky. If we could eliminate all the crazies, the fanatics, the sociopaths, the psychopaths, the murderers, the people that have had thoughts of murder, the rapists, the pedophiles and on and on and on then maybe. But by then nobody would be around.

#16 Posted by aznjon12 (189 posts) -

We can't even handle guns

#17 Posted by Gruebacca (576 posts) -

Look at what happened in Bioshock. All those plasmids and gene tonics made everything worse!

#18 Posted by Pr1mus (3978 posts) -

I am absolutely ready to enslave mankind.

#19 Posted by Ares42 (2815 posts) -

People are never ready for major changes in their lives before they happen.

#20 Posted by Dalai (7093 posts) -

@pr1mus said:

I am absolutely ready to enslave mankind.

Not if they enslave you first.

#21 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

i honestly would end up going mad with power. i'd be that super villian who's convinced that he's doing everything to help mankind and help people, but im really super crazy. i'd be that guy :\

for whatever reason im convince that if i ever got super powers i'd get telekinesis

#22 Posted by frankfartmouth (1020 posts) -

Some people could and some people couldn't. If Gandhi had been able to fly at supersonic speed, he likely would have used that power to deliver food to all the starving children of the world, not hijack Air Force One.

It would corrupt most people though.

#23 Posted by ozzdog12 (865 posts) -

Simple answer, no. Too many people would use said power for selfish gain only, causing harm to many others.

#24 Posted by Quarters (1966 posts) -

No. Some could handle it well, but overall, it would lead to chaos.

#25 Posted by SexyToad (2722 posts) -

Everyone at once? Nooooooo. I believe only a few individuals would be able to control the power. So I guess the world is "ready," just not everyone.

#26 Posted by Kazona (3102 posts) -

No way is humanity ready for such a thing, and we never will be.

#27 Posted by Gamer_152 (14126 posts) -

I don't think human beings in general are as intelligent or responsible as they need to be. We don't even seem responsible enough to handle wealth or weaponry properly, we're certainly not ready for everyone just having superpowers.

#28 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

I will say that given my own experiences with such powers, no, you guys are absolutely not ready to have them. I can't imagine any of you being able to handle such existential mindfucks.

#29 Edited by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Only myself. Once my powers have had time to ferment I will use them to create a Utopian Earth. Once completed it will expand out to the universe at large. You are all welcome.

#30 Posted by HeyImPhoenix (169 posts) -
#31 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4713 posts) -

@aznjon12 said:

We can't even handle guns

Some people can't even handle their own bodies.

#32 Edited by Intro (1212 posts) -

Hahaha fuck no, never.

People go on killing sprees with semi-auto rifles and do a lot of damage, we will never be able to stop that. Let alone someone doing it with superpowers lol.

#33 Posted by EXTomar (4993 posts) -

We can't handle having sticks, swords, firearms, etc. I'm not sure why anyone would believe this world is ready for even more power.

#34 Posted by AlecOfTheWest (290 posts) -

No. But I am. Run of the mill supervillians would seem like saints compared to the person I would turn into.

#35 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2562 posts) -

Absolutely not.

#36 Posted by jking47 (1251 posts) -

You are guys are not realizing the potential here.

Super Villain tries to take over a city? EVERYONE IN IT HAS SUPER POWERS

Psychopath tries to go on killing spree? ALL HIS INTENDED VICTIMS HAVE SUPER POWERS

If anything this would make people less likely to do shit to people because you know every single person also has super powers.

#37 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

I'll be honest. If I had superpowers, I most likely wouldn't use them for good. Not saying I'd be a bad guy and kill people or anything, but I'd take advantage of having some form of super power.

#38 Posted by Sanity (1955 posts) -

No way, we screw everything up without that crap. World would end.

#39 Posted by golguin (4122 posts) -

The world would essentially turn into One Piece with various groups controlling the world based on their abilities and their skill to use it.

#41 Edited by ManU_Fan10ne (659 posts) -

I think this is a superpower.

#42 Posted by NiKva (128 posts) -

No, because it will always be used for a selfish reason.

#43 Edited by crystal_maze (4 posts) -

This topic reminds me of the DC Universe online game. Given powers, would you use it for good or evil?

At this point, there are too many people who would probably use it for selfish means. Just look at the amount of scams going on to steal credit card information, swindle people, identity thefts, and downright mugging. With superpowers like invisibility (look at your PIN and steal your wallet), super strength (outright rob a bank), and flight (quicker getaways), people can do more damage.