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What is the best, most concise way to make a wish from a genie?

 
 
Reply Sun 31 Jul, 2022 10:19 am
What is the best, most concise way to make a wish from a genie but in a way to avoid catastrophic loopholes or Monkey Paw situations?

What would you wish for? Keeping in mind, you cannot directly wish for more wishes.

If I were presented with an all-powerful wish, I'd wish for all the tech from the wormhole, cyber tech, and medical tech from the Commonwealth Books series by Peter F. Hamilton.

If worded correctly, that wish would effectively make me immortal and grant the human race access to the entire Milky Way. Would there be any loopholes I missed or could have avoided in that wish request?

Keeping in mind, the wordier a wish becomes... the greater the chance you'll open yourself up to some dangerous Monkey Paw situations.
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engineer
 
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Reply Sun 31 Jul, 2022 02:21 pm
@tsarstepan,
I guess is depends on how obnoxious the genie is. I recall the wormhole tech from the Commonwealth allowed a ravenous hoard of aliens to descend on the Commonwealth and that there was a fair amount of disparity and suffering in the Commonwealth for those who did not own their own hollowed out asteroid.

I suppose I would wish for good health. That seems simple enough not to backfire.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Sun 31 Jul, 2022 09:59 pm
@tsarstepan,
Are we talking one single wish?
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2022 06:37 am
@glitterbag,
Yes. Most wish fulfillment stories revolve around 1 to 3 independent wishes. They're not structured like legal contracts as they're one sentence long and the initial wording is key.
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Reply Mon 1 Aug, 2022 07:39 am
A Sufi parable has the recipient wishing for the wisdom to understand what he has in his hands.

He then goes on the lecture circuit preaching about how important it was to understand things.

He is challenged by other Sufis, and to be honest, it doesn't get a lot clearer.

I don't know if he'd been better off wishing for a hovercraft.
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