At first it was intrusive. Big Brother or the police state was not a welcome state of affairs or at least it seemed insidious to the majority of us. Plus technology was not truly up to speed so big brother was just a writer’s contrary notion. But with each new occurrence of big brother or, in this generations iteration, “Big Sis” electronically monitoring us in response to our irrational fears of a terrorist attack we begrudgingly but obediently waited in long lines at the airport, passed through metal detectors, filed past security guards and forgot about the ever present video camera.
The NSA eavesdropping faux-scandal on every telephone conservation on the premise that somehow the government would prevent the next terrorist attack passed with hardly a ripple in daily life. Even during the most insidious of all intrusions and violations of our lives and liberties we willingly supplied Google and their partners or their competitors our personal profiles and personal communications so that our every move could be anticipated even predicted and our every purchase promoted to us before we actually knew we need or wanted it. With each degree of increased scrutiny we slowly but surly acquiesced. It was like the proverbial story of the frog swimming in pot of water on the stove.
If the electronic surveillance had been universally mandated a revolt would have been measurable and probably effective. Just as trying to throw a frog into a pot of hot water results in its immediately jumping out, perhaps into the fire, but still it jumps out. But I digress. The electronic surveillance started slowly and in response to the perennial call for “there aught to be a law against that” or we need protection and are unwilling to stand for the least amount of risk without suing someone. Besides, no one wants to be that single percent who will die or be the focus of and IRS visit. On the other hand if don’t we let the world sink into the nanny state so as with the frog we know things are changing but we are not sure what is not to like about being safer or more secure. By the time it is too late for the frog I expect that it will be too late for us except for the intentions of the cook.
Unlike the frog which is about to become the ingredients of a stew. We find ourselves not on the menu but participants in the evolution of society. Will it be a good stew or a bad batch to be thrown out with the garbage? What is interesting is that there does not seem to be a cook who is tasting the fare and making the decision to add an ingredient or throw the batch out. Which means that for better or worse the pot just gets fuller and fuller until it overflows. It cooks and cooks until the ingredients are turned to mush or the water is boiled out and it burns which apparently is the biblical prophecy.