“I need to lose some weight,” said Dedra. “Well you know what to do don’t you” commented Steve. “Yes” she said. “Eat less and exercise more.” “So what is stopping you” Steve responded. “I lack the will and motivation,” sighed Dedra. “I am unable to control my appetite or to master myself.”
“You know there’s an App and bracelet for that”… “It can be programmed to your specification”… “It will get you up, make you go to bed, control you diet, dictate you exercise, and whatever else you tell it to do”.
“Really” Dedra asked. “Yep, it has a digital assistant which will encourage you by electro-therapy if desired” “It will shock me” Dedra asked. “Only at your directions” Steve chuckled… “You can even subscribe to their professional services and a real live person will meet with you”…. “What more could you want?” “Service with a smile” Steve added.
“Well…ah… I mean, do I have to do everything it says?” questioned Dedra. “Of course you do” responded Steve quickly. “Why wouldn’t you?” “I am not sure that I am ready for that type of commitment,” responded Dedra. Steve added “you can set it at whatever level of commitment you desire.”… “If you are really not interested in loosing weight you can set it to make you only feel guilty about not loosing weight”…”on an every other day schedule.”
“Obviously, if you want to become a world class athlete, assuming that you have the abilities, the bracelet and assistants will coach you to the title.”
“Now that you mention it… ah… I am not so sure that I am quite ready.” confessed Dedra.
With that statement she noticed, on her contact readout, that her score dropped a fraction of a point and her ring color changed ever so slightly. Focusing her gaze on the changed score she addressed the computer by the name she has assigned it. “Meme, why did my score change?”
The computer program recognized what Dedra was looking at and understood the question. “Your score changed because of the decision you made to not exercise will affect you well-being.” Responded a female voice ” Your physiological readings verified you willingness to disregard the advice Steve gave you and worse yet they show that you are satisfied with your decision.”
“As you know” Meme continued “the societal values here support well-being and your decision to reside here means that your value is calculated against those values” after a short pause the computer recognized that Dedra was not going to rebut the statement and continued. ” “Dedra, your well-being is important to you and your participation is important to this community, is there anything that I can arrange for you… a mentor or a counselor?”
“Steve,” Dedra said. “I am not sure that I like this place” “What do you mean?” Questioned Steve. “What if I don’t want to play by the rules?” Dedra questioned. “That is an interesting question” Steve responded. “As you know or as you seem to be finding out your decisions and actions or lack thereof affect your value.”… “If your value drops too far then the goods and services available to you, here, will be restricted.” “So what does that mean?” asked Dedra “It means that the extravagances you desire that are not appropriate will not be available.”… “It means that you will not be able to access some of the leisure services like movies and concerts”… “Eventually either it will become so uncomfortable for you because your natural inclinations are not met that you will choose to not live here.”…”or you will gradually begin to realize the importance of life choices and life styles and your behaviors will change”… “Not just because you eventually reduce you choices to the bare minimum but because you desire the change, you understand the cost, and you are willing to master yourself even if it requires help for a while.
“What’s your choice?” Steve asked. “I am not sure that I like this but I will try it for a while.” Dedra didn’t notice this time but her score lowered just a bit more.