What If

How different would our daily lives be if we lived with the ability to perceive the entire spectrum of all our senses at the same time? Full blast.

Living with the ability to perceive the entire spectrum of all our senses simultaneously would undoubtedly reshape our understanding of reality and profoundly alter our daily lives. A flood of sensory information would inundate our perception, surpassing our current comprehension.

Our eyes are sensitive to a narrow band of electromagnetic waves known as the visible light spectrum. Imagine seeing not just the visible light spectrum, but also the invisible wavelengths of radio waves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray.

Estimates are that the light visible to humans comprises about 0.0035% of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

Is it a color if we do not perceive it? 

Humans can hear between 20hz to 20khz. What if we could also hear extremely low frequencies like the sound of the Earth turning, super low frequency, Ultra low frequency, or Very low frequency -VLF (secure military communications)? 

What if we had the same smelling ability of dogs or snakes or the ability to smell molecules we can’t smell today because they don’t register on our receptors, like CO2, H2O, and N2 or even molecules that are too big for us to smell? 

What if we tasted every taste at once when eating or drinking? 

What if we felt the entire temperature spectrum and experienced the full range of comfort all the way to excruciating pain simultaneously?

Imagine the onslaught of sensory input would be overwhelming, potentially rendering us unable to function in our current society. Our thoughts, if they were to occur simultaneously, would create chaos within our minds.

I think about all this as I sit waiting for my name to be called in the doctor’s office. Watching a person across the room who is visibly mentally ill. Perhaps schizophrenia, autism, or brain damage, amongst other things. 

I can’t help but wonder about their internal experiences. Do they perceive reality differently, perhaps with certain senses heightened or altered? Are they tapping into dimensions of existence that elude those considered “normal”? How does this person feel inside? Is the feeling they feel normal to them? I would think so. 

Do they have all their senses turned on simultaneously? 

The line between giftedness and curse blurs in such contemplation. These individuals may possess insights and connections beyond the grasp of conventional understanding, yet they also grapple with challenges that impede their ability to navigate the world as others do.

In the end, the complexity of human perception and experience remains a vast mystery, offering endless avenues for contemplation and exploration.

Is this person gifted or cursed? 

Are they mentally connected to something that normal people cannot tap into?

Do they know something we don’t?

Are they ‘normal’ and we are in lost?

Way Past Tipsy - ran kime

Read “What If” and other stories by Ran Kime in the collection Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.