Let me start off by saying the following: If any of the technologies, especially the surveillance technologies such as the retina scanning spiders, in Minority Report come to fruition I think I’ll put a bullet in my head. The hell with that. As it stands we only retain a few of our rights thanks to the Patriot Act and if things keep going the same way we’ll lose even more by the year 2054. Thankfully I’ll probably be dead by that point; I really don’t want to live a life like that.
Don’t let my statement lead you to believe I would ever take my own life–I won’t. The only thing I have is my existence. Regardless of all the material, physical and psychical possessions I have and the relationships I hold dear, the only thing I truly own is my own life, my own experiences. It’s the only thing I know; it’s the only thing I’ve ever known. I’ve lived in a world where computers were ugly, cumbersome, and slow; a world where nobody could get a hold of you unless you were at home. Text messages were science fiction and cellular phones were bulky and expensive. Granted, I was a child but I still remember these days when a person could disconnect from others and still be a part of the system. It’s still possible today but it’s getting harder every day. Pretty soon it might be impossible.