Elizabeth (greyautumnrain) wrote,

Inevitable? Really?

So, unless you've been completely ignoring the serious news lately you should be aware by now that the NSA is spying on millions or ordinary citizens, not to mention our allies and enemies alike overseas, the government has access to all sorts of cell phone metadata, they may very well be reading your email if (like me) you send any outside the country, oh and by the way the TSA is still irradiating you so they can see you naked every time you fly. Hey, they even have metadata on your old-fangled physical mail.

Most of the people I talk to aren't happy at all the intrusive intrusion. I think there is a consensus that a certain amount of domestic and foreign intelligence gathering is necessary, but there should be limits. My personal feeling is that we've gone way past those limits recently, and I don't think I'm alone there. I'm NOT HAPPY with the attitude we seem to be getting from Washington, which is this is all necessary and not new and nothing that innocent people should have to worry me about. It's all for our own protection and welfare. What really worries me, though, is the resigned attitude that a lot of people have that says that the increasing loss of privacy and rights is all inevitable.

I'll come right out and say that I do not know how to restore our rights, our privacy, our basic dignity. I do not personally have a plan to reverse this rather alarming slide towards police state that we seem to find ourselves in. I do know one thing, though, and that is that Step 0 of any plan to correct the problem is to believe that it is NOT inevitable. When a people start to believe things are inevitable they make it so. If we are to have hope we must believe that we have hope.

One thing I have learned from a love of science fiction is that we all create the future every day. I don't know about you, but the future I want to create is more like the Star Trek universe, where people and even institutions stand up for their ideals. The universes of 1984, Farenheit 451, and Brazil might make for better stories, but those are not the futures I want my kids and future descendants to grow up in. I don't want a world of Big Brother watching, and clerical errors that can lead to innocent people dying at the hands of the police. Let's believe that we can boldly go to where we want to be, and maybe we just might get there.

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