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The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
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Mar 08, 12

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in March, 2012

"Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?"

This question is used to discover whether people are fundamentally good or bad (generally of course). If you wish to fly, then it is assumed that you would use that power for good and fly around saving kittens from trees and stranded people in buildings; whereas if you wish to be invisible, then it is assumed that you would use that power for evil and go around robbing banks and tripping random people in the park. Do you think that this question is a good insight to your personality?

Wells portrays a man that chooses the latter "super" power and describes the situations and poor choices that lead him down a path of unrighteousness. It is interesting what kind of decisions people will make when they don't fear being caught, feeling guilt or remorse about their actions, or have to look at themselves in the mirror.

Interesting side-note: In short film "Ungaurded" about Chris Herren, a basketball player gone herion addict gone recovered stud, he talks about how he went years without looking at himself in the mirror. He only discovered this when he was out of rehab and at home and brushed his teeth in front of the mirror (as opposed to in the shower as was his custom at the time). A real-life invisible man not wanting to look at the ramifications of his actions in the mirror. Interesting cross-over.
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