The Abracadabra Solution

When I was much younger, I played a mental game where I would pretend I was God. I could do anything, so what would I do to fix the world, its people and make life the way it ought to be?

It’s easy to say I’d make it so no one ever needs to fear hunger, homelessness, or lack of medical care. Everyone would be warm, fed and safe. There would be no war, plague or famine. Everyone I love who is sick I would make well, including me. Except when I got into the nitty-gritty of how to get it done, even as God, it turns out to be exceedingly complicated. Unless you go with the “abracadabra solution.” That’s the one where you wave a wand and voilà! Everything is fixed, everyone is fed, housed, and the whole world is playing “nice” with all its neighbors.


In a real world, there has to be enough food to go around and farmers to grow it. You need to harvest and distribute food because it doesn’t automatically go from the field to the kitchen table without a good deal of other stuff happening in between. You need doctors and nurses to run hospitals. You have to manufacture stockpiles of medications, clothing and other goods. Unless we plan a fairyland built on a child’s imaginings, the mechanics of a perfected world are staggering.

If I had the power to change just MY little piece of the world — a different question — I would make it so that we would have cures for our ailments and all the money we paid into programs that were supposed to take care of us actually would take care of us. I’d want a life in which we could live without the shadows of fear darkening our days, without the gnawing worry we’ll end up homeless, sick and forgotten. I would make it so I would never again wake up in the grip of terror because I have no idea how I will stretch the money to match the month.

Maybe I should just go with “abracadabra” after all.

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6 replies

  1. Wish we could wave that magic wand for our very Dear Friend and his Wife who are enduring yet another major crisis. Today, In our real world, we’ll remember another very Special Friend who we lost just a few days ago.


    • I’m already waving my wand for our friends. I can’t even say how bad I feel about it. It hit me like a boulder last night. Not again. My Lord, we are losing people faster than we can keep up and so many of them are so young.


  2. I would give jobs to everyone who needed them.


  3. I find the concept of creating a perfect world fascinating. I used to refer to it as “If I Was King”.You can start finishing the If I Were King statement any way you want. If I Were King everyone must share so that no one would ne hungry, homeless, sick, uneducated, unemployed, etc. It’s not right that so many people have more than they need or could ever use while others are forced to do without.

    A good model for my utopian world would be Star Trek. I believe Gene Roddenberry’s original intent was to show a futuristic society where everyone was educated, skilled in multiple areas of expertise and healthy. Health care was provided without charge and routine checkups were scheduled.

    I still dream & pray for such a world, where we all could devote our time to develop ourselves and our culture without money entering into the equation. Maybe we, as a species, will strive to achieve these lofty goals instead of continuing to fight over scraps to survive.


    • I suppose most of us have played some variation of this game. I tried “if I was Queen,” but that didn’t give me enough power, so I tried being “God” and even that turned out to be a lot harder than it appeared on the surface. That’s the thing. Unless you can just wave a wand, if you work at all within a real-world framework, the complexities of making significant changes are really staggering. The inequality of distribution of resources is what has triggered most revolutions … it’s so obvious how deep and wide the gap is and how even a little bit of change could really do some good in the world.

      To date, it hasn’t happened. If anything, it seems to just get worse.


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