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#014 Peripherally Invisible

posted 2 Oct 2017, 01:20 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 2 Oct 2017, 01:20 ]
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." - Ralph Ellison

I got bored and thought of what it would be like to be invisible. Not completely invisible, but invisible in the way that no one ever notices you in a room of people. For example, you could walk around an office in a suit and no one will question why you're there or ever focus on you, but you wouldn't be able to run through a room that any security watching knows should be empty. I can think of quite a few upsides and downsides to it. The first, and main upside, is obviously that you can be ignored by others and possibly walk around places you normally wouldn't be able to. The only problem is you wouldn't be able to get through locked doors and security guards, you just wouldn't be considered suspicious once you were in. Saying that, I guess there are still ways to get in, like slipping in behind someone once they open the door, or climbing over a fence (which would be easier since no one would notice you).

The main disadvantage would be that you would be lonely all the time. Since no one wants to focus on you, it would probably make it extremely difficult to become friends with anyone, and even if you did, keeping it up would be even more difficult, since it would be as if everyone who knows you doesn't even know you exist, except this time they literally wouldn't notice you exist unless you go up to them and make yourself "visible" to them.  I guess you could try to explain to anyone how they can't see you, and maybe you could both end up working around it to make friends, but it would still be hard to say if the advantages to being invisible would outweigh the disadvantages. Anyway, Thought Over,

- Aaron