In the first years of the 21st century…
So begins Equilibrium, the super cool movie that earned Christian Bale the role of Batman. I’m fairly sure that every reader of this blog has seen the film. (if not, what the hell are you waiting for? Don’t worry; there be no spoilers here.)
The big problem of Equilibrium centers around what the Grammaton Clerics call “sense crimes” – observing anything that causes you to feel emotion. It was determined that the ability to “feel” is what caused violence among humanity. Take away capacity to feel, establish world peace.
Are We Heading Toward an Equilibrium in the Real World?
While we have physical books, we maintain control of our knowledge – it’s hard to censor what’s on someone’s shelf. But what if we give into the digital age?
What if we allow digital books to become our norm? Wouldn’t that give an oppressive government the ability to change the books without our knowing? Is it possible that such a thing could eventually lead to suppression of all emotionally engaging content?
Could we be allowing a future where Kindle Clerics hunt us down for our “sense offenses?” (Only without the cool gun kata.)
I’m ready to enter the Amazon Monastery and study to become a Kindle Cleric, learning to use the Paperwhite Tablet Kata. Because when caught in a web, I’d rather be the hunter than the hunted.
What about you? Spider or fly?
Post intended as satire.