Paul wasn’t convinced by Mark’s argument. Every time he opted to support Mark’s antagonistic tendencies his own value would diminish. Going without wasn’t as popular with Paul as apparently it was with Mark.
“I know that you think your freedoms and liberties are being trampled on” said Paul “but I am not sure that I agree with you that living this life without benefits is all that it is cracked up to be.”
“You know that every time you try to steal anything you get caught”… “You know that every time someone tries to help you they suffer the consequences as well”… “I mean… even if… I wanted to go back to the days when… ah, people could steal and lie to get things, I am not sure that is what I want to do.”
” I agree this life is pretty minimal”… “we only get what we actually need”…”Time does hang pretty heavy when I choose not to participate in the welfare of others”… “Yes it can be boring if I don’t try to improve myself and choose to stay at home and avoid work.
The journey to utopia was not easy and the desire to step from the edge of entering it was difficult for society and a repeated task for each individual as time passes for each of us.
With the advent of the global mind and the economic chaos that engulfed the world it was the natural transition from disorder to order that most people sought and were willing to participate in. No one actually forced the early adopters. Linking their daily lives with the global mind was less conscious than it was getting up in the morning or making a decision. The mobile apps and trinkets that a person could wear or access was like being immersed in pool of water, the electronic fog just engulfed everyone.
The antagonist, who is a tendency to a greater or lesser degree in each of us, was empowered by the uncertainty of a world where lies could be told, memories were short, and circumstances were equitable. As the global mind made it impossible to successfully tell a lie, where a person’s memory was no longer and issue because the memory cloud and computer algorithms made it possible for everyone connected to see, feel, think, and remember with absolute clarity.
That doesn’t mean that the variability of life doesn’t produce morons and imbecilic because it does, what it means is that they cannot be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous. Instead of conflicts being waged at the expense of the pedestrian the antagonists can recruit any followers absent-mindedly. Stepping back from the edge of utopia is not something most people are willing do consciously.