This post is inspired by a recent rereading of Anne of Green Gables. When Anne first meets Matthew, she asks him if he would rather be "dazzlingly clever, stunningly beautiful, or angelically good?" I was asking myself the same thing tonight. If I could be naturally one of the three: clever, beautiful, or good, what would I choose? (For the sake of the rules, you could still be moderately the other two. If you chose beautiful, for instance, you wouldn't then have to be dim-witted and evil. You could still be bright and want to be good.)
To be naturally angelically good would be fantastic. To never again have to fight with my conscience over unkind thoughts or an inappropriate word that slipped from my mind out my lips. But I'm afraid it would be boring. Would it be boring to be angelically good? Would an angelically good person think it was boring? That's the question.
And to be naturally stunningly beautiful would be awesome. Think of all the time it would save in trying to do the best with what you've got. You would just always look great. But again, would it be boring?
I'd have to go with dazzlingly clever. It seems to have the most scope for fun. (But really, does it matter? Has a genie offered me these choices? No.)
What would you choose?