it seems the old man is saying Might makes Right.
well, he’s clearly worried that everyone knows it and is after their own Might because they’re tired of not-thems being more right than they are.
we need to fully address the reasons people want weapons. it may just be about personal safey. people may just want to stop worrying about stuff.
but the wealthiest and most powerful nations on earth can’t even keep their own streets clean. we can’t end poverty, nor crime, nor hunger, nor failures of education or health or even technology and science, even within our own borders, or within the borders of all those goddamned poor countries, where we’re fleeing (like cowards and lazy bastards, imo) to do it because its supposed to be so much cheaper and easier than to do it at home.
no government has the answer. no independent charitable organization seems to have discovered it either. this basically means no group of people has the answer. does one person somewhere have an answer but no group will listen? i am sure anyone with any education will say that answer is no. the fact is, we can’t see how one answer would work for everybody, and its difficult to see how a lot of different answers would work for everybody too.
how do we get everybody to stop worrying, so they care more about trivial things like game shows or shallow fictions, rather than literally arming themselves to a globally destructive capacity? would people still want to blow up the earth if all their earthly needs were taken care of? if nobody had to work for food, or electricity, or clean water, or good living conditions, or entertainment, or anything at all? where all their time would be free for their personal choice?
actually, probably not. its very likely that things like religion will continue to drive people to be unhappy enough to inflict harm on others, all in the name of some higher order or power or purpose, just so they can finally be at peace within their own minds. these people will not be satisfied until They make Right, whether through Might or any other means.
as i’ve been saying for a long time now, the only way to completely eliminate these threats is to give people the illusion of reality. isolation, without really being isolated. life in virtual reality, connected with everyone but at the same time electronically walled off so any destructive tendencies only damage a virtual environment.
we would have to figure out how to link all our senses up to a virtual environment, for one thing, and clearly anyone who didn’t want to live such a life would have to be killed.
oh. oh my. is that a flaw in my plan? hmm, well i think when it comes to world order, there can be only one. because unaccounted variables will always inevitably lead to the destruction of a system, given enough time.
that’s essentially what freedom is: the ability to cause harm to others for what will be believed to be a just cause.
so let’s say we don’t lock everyone up in the most deluxe prison ever invented, one designed to cater to their every whim, and one which they will believe is as real as any reality we’ve ever known. what then? well, the stupidity of human beings is vast. i’ve no doubt eventually one of those fuckers (but more likely several of them) will kill enough of us, and do enough damage to the planet, to undo all the progress we’ve ever known.
personally i’d rather not have everything humanity has ever accomplished undone and forgotten. and i don’t believe we can possibly anticipate the rapidity and depravity with which destructive agents can devolve what nature and time has so painstakingly wrought. it would be simple enough for the basic processes of our own planet to kill us all, should a large enough window of time be considered. meanwhile, we cannot get the attention of any significant percentage of our own kind to raise their heads above the most laboriously routine concerns for long enough to consider the vast potential of the technology even now at our disposal.
people are too intent on keeping things just as they’ve always known them that they’ll likely go on admitting only so much change as is found pleasing at the moment, presenting a situation in which many devious opportunities will be well available for those inclined enough toward malign designs.
so my solution would be to build the most extravagant entertainment system ever conceived, in order to essentially imprison people within a “Thought Matrix,” outside of which they can take no action. if they set fires, only 1’s and 0’s burn. if they detonate bombs, only 1’s and 0’s go flying. if they murder children, well, those children’s internet link get severed the moment any suspicious activity is detected and from the child’s point of view, a trainer scenario is displayed that explains how the child is in a multiverse (of sorts) of realities, in which harm to them is minimized by such actions as automatic disengagement from threatening situations.
from the murderer’s point of view, they are increasingly isolated into a reality that has fewer and fewer real people within it. perhaps we can even let them be aware of what is happening to them and that their own actions are causing it. solitary confinement still seems to be a terrifying punishment, perhaps all we need to reform dysfunctional minds is the threat of a virtual existence lived all by one’s lonesome.
now while everyone is living it up in The Matrix, or whatever pithy description you’d give it, the real minds could be set to tackling the vulnerabilities of the human race. namely, the incessant need for energy. first off it would be useful to simplify the infrastructure of our energy needs into a single conduit. instead of needing water AND air AND food AND a highly specific atmosphere AND gravity AND light AND, if we want to stay healthy in these bodies, exercise to regularly expend some of that energy soup in a specific fashion, it’d be nice to re-engineer the human organism to work quite well without, for instance, the exercise part, so that people could be locked into their virtual reality chairs their whole lives and have no ill physical side effects, much the same way corals are stationary.
and that’s just for starters. the fact we only exist on one planet is a vulnerability. the fact we are isolated to one solar system that is doomed to grow dim and cold is a vulnerability. and while yes that is a long way off, in the nearer term it is an inevitability that one day a massive rock could smash into us or that a supervolcano will explode or any one of a myriad other scenarios which, while seemingly far-fetched, are always based on solid geology, history, physics, and the study of the universe.
people tend not to care about such esoteric concerns generally, and that is precisely why they get in the way of the most auspicious developments. most people are afraid of a world full of clones, or immortals, or sentient robots, or all 3, and much more. they’re afraid of a world in which they don’t belong. so we should give people exactly the kinds of worlds they really and truly want. worlds within their own minds, created from their minds, over which they have complete control, that will function as their sanctuaries and sanity amulets, into which they can invite other real people and which people are free to enter, if so invited, or to leave, if and when they choose.
so we can find the minds who will solve the big problems. they’ll build the virtual worlds oriented toward discovering the answers anyway. people are different, and it is in that unique variety that we can find answers to all our problems, if we just make sure that people are free to think whatever they want, but in my extremely rigorously considered and re-considered opinion, the only way we can free people’s thoughts is to shackle their bodies.
even if we have to kill the ones who refuse. most likely we could simply ambush and drug nearly everyone who refuses, and implant them into virtual reality while they sleep. anyone else, well, if you’d be so adamant about not going to your own personal disney world that you’d kill as many people as it took to finally bring you down, i’m not really sure what you think your living for in the first place.