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Would you rather have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years?

Asked by Cruiser (40398points) December 30th, 2009

What would you either wish for today or in 10 years have 3 wishes instead that would better your life or world you live in and why might you wait 10 years to have those 3 life changing wishes instead of the one you could have now?

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frdelrosario's avatar

Bird in the hand.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’d definitely want 3 wishes over the next 10 years.

Cruiser's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Come on Simone!! No 10 million bucks right now to open you own yoga and tattoo studio and travel the world? Must be some killer wishes to wait 10 years….if you live that long! ;-)

janbb's avatar

Three wishes in ten years. I’m all about delayed gratification. Also, I don’t need much right now but in ten years, I will probably have much diminished health, earning capacity, mental ability.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Cruiser yoga and tattoo studio? lol, I love that. and I wouldn’t wish for all that, anyway. I just think that it’s better to wait for a desperate situation which might arise than to waste a wish now

aiwendil's avatar

I’d wait, only because I don’t think there’s anything I’m in too much want of right now. I’m only 19, my parents are still paying my way through college and, honestly, I’m not an independent individual (financially). I’d want to wait 10 years, at least then, I think I may have more need for 3 wishes. And, I think I would be wishing for material things because here’s to hoping I’ll be as happy then as I am now.

Axemusica's avatar

Today. I know exactly what it would be and after that I’d have no need for the other 3 since that one wish could eventually get me every other thing I probably would’ve wished for. Soooo…. yep, today….... yep…. any moment now…..

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Axemusica it’s to have sex with me, isn’t it? I get off at 5, eastern time.

Axemusica's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir haha, didn’t even cross my mind, but my wish could eventually lead me to that if that’s what I really wanted. ;) besides, I’d be sleeping around that time anyway. I work graveyard. Currently I haven’t been to sleep yet.

Granted, if I ever get my wish….... so, @Cruiser am I to believe that there’s no wishes being granted today? :P

mrentropy's avatar

I would like a Twinkie now, so I would like my wish now.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

One wish now as I don’t have alot of time.

philosopher's avatar

I am the Mother of an Autistic young Man . I pray daily for a cure . That would be my wish .
I also wish to move by his school so when he finishes school in the near future he can remain in their programs. NYC and state do not have appropriate programs .
I am so tried of people who know much less than me attempting to BS me.
I would need to win Lotto to move there.
I would like away to make the fascist comprehend the Scientific facts of research. They do not even listen to Nancy Regan.
I comprehend the facts an ignore the delusional BS. Not helping suffering people is immoral .

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

What if I died before 10 years had passed? I’ll take the one wish now please.

ubersiren's avatar

Gooses! Geeses!
I want my geese to lay gold eggs for Easter
It will, sweetheart
At least a hundred a day
Anything you say
And by the way
I want a feast.
You ate before you came to the factory
I want a bean feast!
Oh, one of those
Cream buns and doughnuts and fruitcake with no nuts
So good you could go nuts
You can have all those things when you get home
No, now!!

I want a ball
I want a party
Pink macaroons and a million balloons
And performing baboons and…
Give it to me
Rrhh rhhh

I want the world
I want the whole world
I want to lock it all up in my pocket
It’s my bar of chocolate
Give it to me

I want today
I want tomorrow
I want to wear ‘em like braids in my hair
And I don’t want to share ‘em

I want a party with room fulls of laughter
Ten thousand tons of ice cream
And if I don’t get the things I am after
I’m going to scream!

I want the works
I want the whole works
Presents and prizes and sweets and surprises
Of all shapes and sizes
And now
Don’t care how
I want it now
Don’t care how
I want it now

janbb's avatar

@ubersiren Did you just write that? It’s great!

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

I want the wish today.

ubersiren's avatar

@janbb I wish I could take credit for that masterpiece…

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

I’d trade any and all for one wish retroactive 53 years. To not have been born.

Cruiser's avatar

@Axemusica wish away and I’ll see if I can put in a rush order for you!

Cruiser's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille You sound pretty certain there…better get that wish in then. ;-)

Ame_Evil's avatar

3 wishes in 10 years. Assuming i’ll live that long, i’m pretty sure that I would find more need for them and have thought through what the wishes will be long enough. And couldn’t one of the wishes be to return to my life 10 years prior with all the knowledge I gained in those 10 years?

Of course it probably wouldn’t take that much thinking about the other two – money and true love if I hadn’t already foudn it :D

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Cruiser -It will be granted in a few hours.

CMaz's avatar

“or three wishes granted in 10 years?”

I am confused with the question.

Is it that you can have one now. Or when you hit the 10 year mark you can have 3 wishes.

Or is it over the course of 10 years you can have three wishes? If that being the case. How long do you have to wait to have wish #1? Might be worth waiting, so you can have the three.

Cruiser's avatar

@ChazMaz One now or 3 in 10 years from now! I guess in 10 years you would have to take all 3 too!!

CMaz's avatar

Ok, I would take the one wish.

I am with @frdelrosario on this one. Bird in the hand.

iphigeneia's avatar

I’m young, I have so many opportunities open to me right now, so I think I’d like to see how far I can get on my own. If it doesn’t work, then hell in 10 years I’ll make it work! Then I’ll have two wishes left over to assist humanity.

If I had one wish right now I’d be torn. Making decisions about huge sums of money, or that involve the entirety of humanity, or both, can surely only benefit from experience and knowledge.

curosity_killed_the_cat's avatar

I wish for it today…tomorrow is not promised

Cruiser's avatar

@iphigeneia For me it is a toughy…as all the wishes or money today could not provide a cure for a terminal illness me or a loved one may have 10 years from now….

Cruiser's avatar

@curosity_killed_the_cat Like you Lucy and others have said now would be good as there may not be a tomorrow….

Bluefreedom's avatar

Three wishes over the next 10 years will work fine for me. Just let me know when I’ll be able to use them.

JLeslie's avatar

Generally, I am very good at delayed gratification for a bigger pay off, but I am with the bird in the hand people on this one, although it is a tough decision for me. If I were younger and in great health, I think I would have picked waiting 10 years for 3 wishes. At this point in my life I would take the one wish now.

galileogirl's avatar

Wishes can be tricky. If you wish for the obvious like peace on earth, the only way that might be possible is to rid the earth of human beings so you pretty much have to stick to small manageable wishes. Why not wish for a daily wish for the rest of your life and if that is out of bounds how about wishing for the ability to make one person’s life better every day.

iphigeneia's avatar

@galileogirl Ahh, the old ‘wishing for wishes’ trick!

faye's avatar

I’m with @curosity_killed_the_cat. I would take the 1 wish now.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I’d take the immediate wish. Who is to say I’ll live the next ten?

Cruiser's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater I’m with you on that one at my age my luck could run out at anytime! I wish for the never ending Key lime pie!!!

spacemonkey's avatar

NOW!!! i go myself in a legal jam(again) and i need that wish NOW!!!!

Fernspider's avatar

100 million today is better than a billion in 10 years for me personally. With that said, who knows what might happen in 10 years. I will know I will always have my 3 wishes waiting for me in 10 years time so wouldn’t worry about saving for finanacial security now.

My partner might die and I could wish him back alive, as per Mum or Shpanky (my precious doggie). I could loose the use of my legs and wish them to begin working again… etc etc.

3 wishes in 10 years please :)

Cruiser's avatar

@Rachienz Thanks for poking holes in about any argument I had for taking the wish now….

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar


And today, I would wish for three wishes.



that was my Jeannie imitation

Cruiser's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus Good one but why hold yourself to just 3 wishes???

janbb's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus That’s usually against wishgiver’s rules. :-)

candide's avatar

much better to have one wish granted today because you don’t know what the next ten years will bring – people can die and the three wishes could not bring that back, no matter if you did wish them back to life

Killallfp's avatar

I’d rather have one wish now because I would just wish that whatever wish I made would be granted in the way I want it granted. If you have 1 wish (whatever that wish is would be granted), that’s equivalent to infinite wishes.

Killallfp's avatar

In other words, there isn’t really a difference between 1 wish and 3 wishes.

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