The "Final Solution" to killing babies with guns
The Kansas City Star
In 2084 scientists discover that a few widely available ingredients, when mixed in just the right proportions in a microwave oven, could blow up the world. Take your choice. This is either: A.) Absurd science fiction, or B.) The reason we have not been able to detect intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
After much panic and many missteps, the scientists secretly come up with a solution. They declare a faux world-wide pandemic requiring that everyone be inoculated. Really the inoculation is a way to alter human DNA to finally eliminate evil.
Human history is all about empowering the individual. We call it productivity. In the old days if a farmer wanted to plant a crop she would use a spade. Nowadays, she can remotely control heavy machinery from the farmhouse using cellular technology with GPS. During the Revolutionary War, if a crazy man wanted to shoot little school children, he would have to shoot them one at a time, using his powder horn and ram rod between rounds. Back then even the most imaginative thinkers could not envision crashing a passenger jet into an office building.
How does the human brain work and how can it be altered to avoid all this? It boils down to hardware and software. So far neuroscientists have not been able to find any evidence of inputs beyond our five senses. Of course we can only directly detect one ten-trillionth of the electro-magnetic spectrum, and only have access to four of the eleven dimensions that string theorists in physics hypothesize.
Trying to avoid a human meltdown is like trying to avoid a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. Any threat to the hardware of the brain must be countered with software that, in an emergency, will put the brain into a state of suspended animation. There must also be fail safe mechanisms for software bugs or viruses.
The book “1984” was about an evil authoritarian empire controlling the world through thought control. Perhaps it’s time to write the sequel, “2084,” about a responsible government preventing our mass extinction.
Oh, I almost forgot, remember to get your “flu” shot!
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