Martin’s journey to the dark side wasn’t slowed by a simple electrical shock preventing him from breaking the dispenser or by the efforts of a loving family, concerned mentor or counselor. He eventually chose a path that would take him closer to death than he was prepared for. The fog or fuzz that engulfed him dulled the sounds of the door breaking from its hinges. It dulled the pain the door would have caused him, had he been able to feel it, as it slimed into his head and shoulder. Even his fear was too dulled to realize that he was going to be beaten to within a moment of his life ending. For no particular reason the gang members sent to collect his debt had either not realized Martin was not dead or they stopped just short of killing him but Martin was not completely dead just nearly, mostly, for all intents and purposes dead but not.
Martin’s journey back was not going to be easy, fun, or glamorous but back he could go because everyone was welcome. Everyone once they were willing to accept help could get it. Martin was unusually fortunate because he had a guardian angle who found him just after the assault which did not actually kill him, he had a wonderful mentor anxious to befriend him again, to help him overcome the demons, which compelled him and a family hoping to welcome him back. Nothing in this world can make anyone do anything against their will but in this latest incantation of this world which at best is confusing and at worst deadly technology actually offered a viable solution to the confusion and enables a person to do good things with practically no limits. The bad could change to good, the good didn’t have to fear chance, and the great would do miraculous things. At first it was an idea whose time had come. Then it became a movement which enticed the first adopters. With each success the ideas and computer applications blossomed and appealed to more and more people. Each community adopted its values and each person adopted their community. As is the case throughout history not everyone bought what was being sold but very noticeably the snake oil being adopted this time was fast becoming more than what the doctor ordered.