If you don’t mind, I’d like to try a little thought experiment – a visualization exercise. I need your help on this, and hope you’re game. It might be fun – it might be dumb, but if you know the outcome, it isn’t an experiment, right?
OK – make sure you are not hungry when you do this. You want to be comfortably full.
Here’s the setup:
In the not too distant future, the world has been taken over by thin people, call them the ‘Thinsters’, who have decided to perform fat genocide. Anyone who is fat will be put to death – and it doesn’t matter if you’ve lost the weight – even if you’ve ever been fat, they’re going to snuff you.
So, you’re sitting in a cell, and a rail-thin guard asks you what you’re last meal is going to be. He reminds you that this is a prison, and they can’t get you every last thing you’d like, but they can probably accommodate most foods and drinks that you’d eat or drink every day.
You can eat as much as you like, the guard says – it doesn’t matter now. He pulls out a pad and pencil to take your order…
What would you ask for?
Please post your responses as comments – or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re shy and rather not post – I’ll keep it, well, confidential.
I’ll post the second half of this experiment some time in the near future.