The Revelation of Tito
Recently most major cities have announced dramatic cuts to public transportation, public education, and emergency services. Over the last ten years, we have watched hundreds of thousands of hard working Americans get laid-off and replaced either by a computer or a person willing to work for pennies. We have assisted global mega-corporations in killing small businesses and exploiting poor people across the globe. Technology has made everything cheaper, easier, and faster; but has it made human beings less useful? Are we innovating ourselves towards the Apocalypse?
For all my readers who have never read the bible, the Revelation of John describes the end of the world in dramatic fashion. I’m pretty sure what was written was meant to be taken metaphorically, however, if it is to be taken literally, we can expect the third Lord of the Rings movie to be outside our bedroom windows. In short, war and famine on a massive scale ultimately killing us all.
In the film Idiocracy, an average man and woman were teleported 500 years in the future. In this rendition of the future, people with lower IQ’s have continued to have a multitude of offspring, while people with higher IQ’s had few to no children (literally breeding themselves out of existence.) The meek truly inherited the earth.
In this future everyone is constantly exposed to advertisements, mindless television, and automated everything. A running joke in the film is that drinking water no longer exist because everyone drinks a Gatorade-like-drink because it has electrolytes, even though no one actually knows what an electrolyte is. All the plants have died in this future because they used this Gatorade to “water” the plants because “it has electrolytes.”
The movie is pretty funny but the reality of this future is all too possible. Think about the changes in culture since the ’80’s. Do you remember life before smart phones, dollar menus, video games, and get slim quick commercials?
The perfect storm. Every year pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars from “treating” preventable diseases. Many of today’s killer diseases are due to inactivity combined with poor diet. Children are learning less from their ailing grandparents and parents. Family culture, history, and home remedies are dying. They are being taught by the television, the computer and the radio. The shows, music videos, and games that we “adults” find entertaining are being absorbed as instructions manuals on how to behave by the younger generation. Since our generation and the generation before us were/are too busy or too sick to spend quality time with our children, they have become accustomed to isolation and are unaffected by authority figures. The new and next generation will be desensitized to violence, materialistically motivated, and adverse to human interaction. Sounds like the resume’ for a serial killer for higher.
In the near future, the poor will have less access to education and work. Anyone from a third world country can attest that poor uneducated people with no access to work is a recipe for revolution and chaos. Everyday in the news, we hear about these “thugs in the hood” shooting each other over the pettiest of things. We imagine that these people are not human but would you behave differently if faced with the same hardships?
Do you feel confident that your job, company or profession will exist in the next 20 years? If the American economy completely shut down would you be able to survive? Do you know any “smart” people with more than 2 children? Do you find yourself using automated services over interacting with a person? Do you look at the younger generation like they’re aliens from another planet?