If there's one thing a government wants for its birthday, it is for all of its minor constituents to believe in the system. To ooze a sense of friendly connectedness, a government will sometimes pretend to be humble by admitting that the system isn't perfect — "but, hey, it works." Does it now? What they really want is for you to pay your taxes — the ones they pulled out of their big hat — and shut up, all the while concocting new ways to keep the leash around our necks short and tight, preferably so tight that the lack of oxygen keeps us from thinking too much and, heaven forbid, discovering that the Great Wizard of Oz is nothing but a phony. Yet not too tight or else we little people down somewhere die and cannot pay our taxes, let alone show off our Pinocchio voting skills. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist. Well, the greatest trick the government ever pulled was to make us believe they have our best interests at heart. Let's see if that's true, oh mighty wizard.
Why do you think the government is all for a world in which each one of us is addicted to our smart phone, an aptly-named piece of technology that we won't leave at home each time we leave the house? Because we are too ignorant to fathom that it is an incredibly cost-effective way to track us down. When we pay for our monthly subscription, they wipe the tears pouring from their eyes — tears of joy, of course, because they can't believe their luck that we are willing to pick up the tab and often use a credit card to boot to make the magic happen. No one is a more formidable proponent of the digital revolution than Uncle Sam. Except for Uncle Vladimir, that is. Or Uncle Chen. Or Uncle Big. While you are sharing the life you find so meaningful with your loved ones and everyone else you'd like to see turn green with envy whether they want to or not, Uncle Sam is looking over your shoulder and relishing every moment of it with a big fat grin on his face.
But you, of course, have been perfectly brainwashed into believing that Sam's the man. Sam's your invisible friend. Sam's your surrogate father, who looks after you in times of need. But the question, of course, is: whose need? Ironically, deep down you know perfectly well whose need, but you care too much about your quest for interconnectedness and thumbs up self-promotion that to rock the boat and see the truth and not trivialize it (Oh I have nothing to hide... Oh I'm sure the government wouldn't do such a thing, like, ever...) would mean to sink your own set of needs and hankerings. Each time you use your phone, you leave a trace. Each time you're on Facebook, you leave a trace. Each time you publish a post on Blogger in an attempt to pull the rug from under them or tear at the blinders to the world, you leave a trace that can be, and will be, used against you even when you feel you are insignificant and harmless.
Right now a plethora of governments is seeking to dumb us down in the name of progress. Not only do they want us to never part from our phones, they also envisage a world in which there are cameras on every street corner, in every McDonald's establishment and on government drones hovering quietly above our heads. By the way, they have the means to switch on the camera installed on your laptop, tablet or phone so they can admire your outer beauty when you least expect it. Let's say someone's showing an interest. And when it comes to the future of driving with relish, the government envisages a world in which none of us is in control of our own damned car. My guess is they are more in favor of the self-driving vehicle than the ignorant scarecrow ever wanted a brain. How's that? Well, the argument goes that self-driving cars means fewer accidents and deaths. The inability to park your own car is a plus. Self-driving cars are also more environment-friendly. (Side note: We humans are the worst thing to have ever happened to nature, but that's obviously beside the point.) So, not being in control of your car is good for your health and good for Mother Nature. It's also good for Big Brother.
They want you dumb and addicted whenever it suits them. They want to watch you whenever it suits them. They want to be able to control your vehicle whenever it suits them. They will put you in room 101 whenever it suits them. And when the mighty wizard comes knocking on your door, you'd better be in awe, unless those blinders have been completely torn and there's no more hope for you. Where's a flying house to squash you when you need one? My point exactly.
Have a nice day!
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