Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. Computers. Not just 'the internet,' but the amazing marvelous
magic that is the modern computer. Cell phones, data mining, 3-D
rendering, digital music synthesis; so many phenomenal things have
evolved from being able to do math really really really fast.
2. Music. Years ago, I asked myself if I'd rather be deaf or blind,
and it was a very hard call. Give up music? It seemed too much to
I'm not at all sure there *are* six things I could never do
without, because I have a ferocious imagination. I can, and have,
run uncountable "what if?" scenarios in my head, from deaths in the
family to various varieties of Armageddon. (If a meteor hits the
planet, I know which car I'm getting in, where I'm going for gas,
what route I'm taking out of the city, and where I'm headed, for
example.) Which leads me to choose "Imagination" for #3. I *could*
be dumber (a la 'Flowers for Algernon'), but being less creative,
well, all right, I've run that scenario too. I could, in fact, do
without it, but it would really suck.
4. The hope of love. This one I don't need imagination for. There
was a period of time in my life when it wasn't clear to me if I was
ever going to love somebody who wasn't a relative. The thought
would cross my mind that maybe I was a kind of somebody who didn't,
or couldn't, "fall in love." And I would shy away from that
thought; veer away from considering it, because if I thought about
it, I might reach a conclusion, and part of me was terrified that I
might decide the answer was "true." Even the *potential* for that
answer was enough to be corrosive to my soul.
I now know the answer is "false." I am, indeed, quite capable of
falling in love. It has happened once. It can happen again. I don't
need to be in love right now, today. I just need to know it's
5. Laughter. Whether I'm laughing, or I've made somebody else
laugh, I just can't imagine a world with out giggles, grins,
snickers, guffaws, chortles, and the bemused glance.
6. Six? Hmm. I guess I'll go with "oxygen," just so I can say I
have met the requirements of the question. So there, tricky
question! Ha ha!