Mike’s decision to visit his mother in rural Wyoming was an eye opening event. He didn’t realize that his value rating was relative to his location and context until he noticed as he traveled from state to state and especially as he passed through the different towns his own rating was fluctuating.
All he was doing was driving. He was familiar with the real time adjustments in his rating as he made decisions and as events in his life caused him to react. But he wasn’t doing anything but driving and he score was actually going down.
“Abby” he said out loud. Abby was his name for the network interface. “Why is my score changing?” “Michael” the voice of Abby responded. “Your score is changing because your values and your quantified and qualified behavioral patterns are being compared to the value and expectations of the place you are passing through.” What do you mean” said Mike. “As you were passing through Evanston” Abby replied “Your behavioral characteristics and personal values that determine your individual rating actually went down because the resident’s of Evanston behave themselves in such a manner that their behaviors are better at it than yours.” Abby paused for a second. “They are more ambitious, honest, helpful, friendly, and kind etc. than you are.” “Everyone in Evanston?” Asked Mike. “No” responded Abby but the majority do, so the community’s value is higher than your current place of residence and as a consequence you rating reflects that.” “So what does that mean?” asked Mike. “Just like in Los Angeles your privileges are based on your score so when you want to acquire, something, or go, somewhere, you are granted or denied access.” Abby responded.
“So if I wanted to stop and get something to eat or take up residence what would be the outcome?” Mike jokingly asked. Abby sensed his tone in the question but still answered as a matter-of-fact. “You could get most food items but your score would not allow you to take up residence accept in the temporary or visitor housing units.” Abby continued. “Because you are not arriving as a new resident, merely passing through and because your area of employment is still in Los Angeles, the likelihood of you actually staying reduces your score to the value of a visitor.” ” and a semi-honest visitor at that” Abby retorted. “But” Mike objected. “I have a high honesty rating in LA” “That is LA” responded Abby. “The honesty value in LA is not as high as it is here”… “Sorry to Say” Finished Abby.
“You know Abby” Mike said slowly, as he tried to formulate his thoughts. “I have been thinking about getting out of the big city” “That is news to me” Chided Abby. “Yea… well… okay.. ah… well the thought just came to me” Said Mike. “What would happen if I decided to stop and stay for a while?” Abby dutifully responded, “As in LA or anywhere Mike” Abby paused for affect, a mentor would be alerted to your decision, to stay, and he or she would call you on your phone and arrange to meet with you.” Abby paused, once again, for and instant to give Mike a moment to think. “Your mentor would help you as much as possible to assist you in your considerations.” Once again Abby gave Mike a moment to think. She knew that he needed a little more time than some people. Abby continued in a little more reflective voice. “Please… remember that there may not be the type of work you would like to do or even a vacancy you would be able to fill. After a moment of silence Abby added a warning. “Michael… remember living off of the public dole is not terribly pleasant.” “Especially in communities where the work ethic is highly regarded.”
Try as government might to paint with a broad brush the individual is still the constituent part of society. Try as religion might to save everyone’s soul the nature of man is an enemy to God. For centuries the individual has sought to be free and society has desired a peaceful coexistence among it residents. Even today when technology enables coexistence man’s nature cannot be bound. As a result society with the aid of technology has not created utopia but rather adopted havens where like minded people are allowed to prosper, where divergent opinions and behaviors are tolerated but valued less. Dysfunctional behavior is addressed individually and disruptive behavior is not tolerated. Disincentives, restrictions, and early intervention is the rule. The principle is very simple; the rights of one does not over rule the rights of the many. What makes that possible is the technological objective determination of acceptable behavior and agreement of a group of people living in a society to honor the rules. This is applicable at the national, state, count, city, and neighborhood levels. What makes the rules honorable are the algorithms applied which calculate the residents of the society’s values and norms.
As the majority chooses to obey the rules the individuals who chose not to obey them are faced with the dilemma of modifying their dysfunctional behavior or relocating to a society where their attitudes are among the norm. Unlike the tyranny of the majority which was based on subjective judgment and individual personality. This majority comes out of the behavior, it does not inflict behavior. Each community can ebb and flow toward obedience or accommodation depending upon the resident’s and their natural inclination toward or away from a particular behavior. This is simply a result of numbers. More people believe and act in a compatible fashion, which leads to a reevaluated score and a resultant outcome. Those actions deemed less favorable reduces one’s score and with a lower score the advantages of behaving thusly diminishes. Those actions deemed less favorable alert a mentor whose responsibility it is to meet with and discuss the issues. If the calculations are deemed in error than the mentor has the responsibility to introduce the faulty calculations to the population on the whole who through their physiological responses register their agreement or disagreement with the new issue.