A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip? – Daily Prompt by The Daily Post.
Fazal knocks the door of the house. Andrew opens the door.
“Hey bro! Great to see you! Come on in.” Andrew embraces Fazal and invites him inside the house.
Andrew and Fazal have been fast friends since childhood. Andrew went on to do doctorate in Sciences from one of the best universities in the world. He is a successful scientist and an inventor of many modern gadgets.
Fazal is a Chartered Accountant. He is currently working at one of the biggest firms of the world.
“How is life? What are you up to these days? You mad scientist! ” Fazal asks Andrew while punching him lightly on his belly.
“Well my boring accountant friend, I have a surprise for you. This insane scientist has made an insane invention.” Andrew tells Fazal while pouring the drink in glasses.
“Ah! Not another one!” jokes Fazal and grabs the glass. “What crazy invention have you made now?”
“Cheers!” exclaim both Andrew and Fazal while clinking their glasses.
“Relax my dumb friend. It will soon be unveiled to you. After all its you on whom I am going to try it.” says Andrew with a cunning smile.
Fazal leans back on the sofa. “No way! Keep me away from your crazy world.”
“It will make your head explode.. I am telling you.” remarks Andrew.
Fazal shrugs his shoulders. “Whatever!”
“Come! Let me show it to you.” Andrew asks Fazal.
Both Andrew and Fazal go downstairs towards the lab. Andrew opens the drawer of a long table in centre of the lab and takes out a chip. He shows the chip to Fazal while holding it with his thumb and index figure. Andrew’s beaming face tells the story.
“This is just a chip. What so great about it? You dumbo!” says Fazal with a sarcastic smile.
“This is not an ordinary chip man. This is a revolution!” asserts Andrew. “This chip will fit right in your head that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking.”
“What?” exclaims Fazal.”You got to be kidding.”
“No my friend I am not.” replies Andrew. “I told you it will make your head explode”
“If that’s true, this is an amazing work. Congrats! You crazy head!” Fazal gives a high five to Andrew.
“Are you ready?” Andrew asks Fazal. “I am going to fit it in your head. Your world will change now. You will know what others are thinking about you” Andrew explains. “But there is just one problem. You cannot turn it off ever.”
“I respect you and your work my friend. You are simply brilliant. Sorry! I can’t and I don’t want to use this” replies Fazal.
“Why? What’s the problem?” asks Andrew.
“Why should I be concerned about what others think of me?” Fazal asks Andrew and leans back on the chair. “I mean why should I be living a life that follows the ideal notions of what other people think. I am not really bothered about what other people think about me. This chip is just going to make my life difficult for me.”
“Hmmmm… You make sense. I thought it will help you. It will let you know what others are thinking about you. You can unearth the hypocrisy of people. Thinking something else and talking completely opposite.” Andrew replies.
Fazal walks to Andrew and places his hand on his shoulder.
” Well! That’s what really troubles me my friend. I may be able to identify hypocrites but it is really going to take a toll on my life. At some point it is going to affect me. What pants should I wear? How should I eat? Should I laugh or not?… I mean ultimately this all is going to creep in my mind. I will not be able to live normally.” replies Fazal.
Andrew nods. “I respect your views. You sound right!”
Fazal leans back to the chair again. “It’s impossible to live up to everyone’s expectations. There will always be people , no matter what we say or how we treat them, that will judge us. Whether you’re at the gym, at work, at restaurant or even playing sports. You will never be able to stop people from judging you, but you can stop it from affecting you. I am a simple person and want to live a simple life.” Fazal explains.
Andrew places the chip on the table and stands up. “I am going to destroy it. I guess it’s going to cause more misery instead of benefits.”
Fazal stands up as well. “No! No! I did not mean that. These are my views. You may find a great no. of people who would really want it and will be really comfortable with it.”
Andrew puts the chip back in the drawer.”Okay! I am going to find volunteers for it and let’s see how does it turn out to be.”
“You are not going to win a Nobel Prize for it.. You crazy head!” Fazal jokes.
“You are just jealous… You dull philosopher!” Andrew remarks sarcastically. “Come! Let’s have another round of drinks”.