You wake up one morning to find a beautifully wrapped package next to your bed. Attached to it is a note: “Open me, if you dare.” What’s inside the mystery box? Do you open it?
If such a box mysteriously showed up next to my bed some morning, I would call the police. It would mean that someone had entered my apartment illegally and left it there. I would not accept anything under these circumstances. While I am willing to suspend disbelief while reading fiction, I absolutely do not suspend it in real life. Having lived with a threat before, I feel no safety in this situation now.
In fact, this goes with a few other daily prompts with which I have had problems. While potentially delicious in fiction, the proposed scenario is, for a large number of people, fraught with anxiety or fear. It might be nice for a beloved husband, wife, child, or parent, but for the person who lives alone, and we are legion, this conjures too many inharmonious visions, and can put fragile people over the edge. It’s nice to assume that all bloggers on WordPress have risen above such difficulties, but it is naive at best, vicious at worst, to make such an assumption.
I am not amused.