I just love how we are being conditioned as a society and now that it has become so commonplace, they don't even try to hide the fact any longer. Our televisions and radios are slapping us with messages of conformity and we seem happy to oblige.
First up are the newest credit card commercials. We see this beautiful scene at a local business establishment, where all the people are harmoniously going about their business and the world looks like a big ball of sunshine. Then the most evil of things happen -- some person whips out cash or a check and brings this harmonious event to a screeching halt. The cashless society is upon us and for those of us who wish to keep our beloved dollar bills, our days are numbered. The reason? We are the individuals that are a threat to tear down that beautiful scene and that cannot be tolerated.
Next, check out the current edition of a traditional board game where you travel in a square and pass rental properties along the way. Now it has an electronic edition. Again, no need for that pesky think called cash, just give the banker your card, they swipe it and all is OK in the world. Conditioning before the age of 10 -- you gotta love it.
And the final item I will rant on tonight is the new driver's license. I was issued my very own tracking device just recently and I keep peeping over my shoulder.
"The new design features a number of embedded digital enhancements to ensure authenticity, some detectable only with a black light, and a barcode on the back with embedded secure data." That is an exact quote off the BMV website. Digital enhancements? Barcode with Embedded secure data? I don't know about you but it makes me more than a little nervous.
I love to read old science fiction and some of the things I've read are starting to come true. The first book that comes to mind is Fahrenheit 451. Look at the central ideas and the technology that is sprinkled throughout the book. Sounds familiar doesn't it.
Or I just could be paranoid. :)
"Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice."
-- John Adams, second U.S. President