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  • Gun confiscation could KILL YOU.
    THE HISTORY OF 'GUN CONTROL' ---

    Every genocide or holocaust in history has been preceded by revolutionary, military or civilian disarmament (Gun Control).

    In 1890, the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment, disarmed Big Foot's (Chief Spotted Elk) band of Lakota (Sioux) near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Shots were fired, and unable to defend themselves, 90 men, and 200 women and children were murdered. At least 20 soldiers of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment received the 'Congressional Medal of Honor' for this! This event is known as the 'Wounded Knee Massacre'.

    There are many other American Indian - U.S.A. conflicts before the year 1900 of disarmament (gun control) of Native warriors, causing some tribes the hardship of walking to Indian reservations or Indian Territory, and some of their chiefs and others treated as prisoners-of-war and being put in prison, hanged, shot or exiled.

    The Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) established gun control in 1911. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and nearly exterminated. This represents 50% of the 3 million Armenians who lived in the Ottoman Empire then. This event is known as the 'Armenian Holocaust' or the 'Armenian Genocide'.

    The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin established gun control in 1929. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered.

    Under Adolf Hitler, Germany established gun control in 1938. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million dissidents, 6 million being Jews, were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up, murdered, and for the Jews, nearly exterminated, because that was Adolf's policy, to exterminate the Jewish [Hebrew] race! For the Jews: this was 1 out of 3, or 6 million out of 18 million Jews worldwide who were exterminated in the NAZI concentration camps. Every Jew today has a story to tell concerning a relative murdered in the concentration camps. This event is known as the 'Holocaust'.

    Under Mao Tse Tung, a revolutionary Communist leader, and later the 1st Chairman of the Communist Party of China, had gun control established in parts of China and then mainland China as a whole, starting in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and murdered. Mao's stated philosophy was "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.", meaning gun control gives him the power to take over. From 1966-1977, there was the Great Proletarian 'Cultural Revolution' where millions of Chinese were persecuted by the Red Guards including harassment, public humiliation, hard labor, imprisonment, torture, seizure of property and execution.

    During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! In 1941, Japanese Marshal-Admiral of the Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet, Isoroku Yamamoto [a Harvard grad], had said, "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."

    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered.

    Uganda, under Idi Amin Dada, established gun control in 1971. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, religious leaders, journalists, artists, senior bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, students and intellectuals, criminal suspects, and foreign nationals, unable to defend themselves, were murdered.

    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Under Pol Pot, from 1975 to 1977, one million educated Cambodians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered.

    56 million defenseless people rounded up and murdered in the 20th Century because of gun control.

    Since the creation of Islam in 622 AD, Islamic nations have adhered to the Qu'ran, Hadith, Sharia Law, or Islamic Law, which considers non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, atheists) to be infidels who are to be fought in order to be converted to Islam or murdered. Since 622 AD, hundreds of millions of non-Muslims in the Middle East have been murdered, and their churches and synagogues destroyed or converted to mosques, because they did not convert. Wouldn't it be good if these non-Muslims had been armed?

    Today in America, Chicago and Detroit which have had a history of having the strictest gun control, have had the highest murder rate in America. Gun control, as a means of exterminating its citizens, or controlling crime and protecting law abiding citizens, has been a dismal failure in every nation it was introduced throughout history!

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property, but gun-control laws will be against the law-abiding citizens.

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are "citizens". Without them, we are "subjects".

    Concerning Switzerland:
    -- Nearly every household in Switzerland has a gun!
    -- Switzerland's government trains every adult whom they issue a rifle.
    -- SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!!

    It's time to speak loud before the Dems (Leftist, Socialists) and other anti-2nd amendment believers silence and disarm us Americans.

    History has shown that tyrannical governments always manipulate tragedies in an attempt to disarm the people.
    Gun confiscation could KILL YOU. THE HISTORY OF 'GUN CONTROL' --- Every genocide or holocaust in history has been preceded by revolutionary, military or civilian disarmament (Gun Control). In 1890, the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment, disarmed Big Foot's (Chief Spotted Elk) band of Lakota (Sioux) near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Shots were fired, and unable to defend themselves, 90 men, and 200 women and children were murdered. At least 20 soldiers of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment received the 'Congressional Medal of Honor' for this! This event is known as the 'Wounded Knee Massacre'. There are many other American Indian - U.S.A. conflicts before the year 1900 of disarmament (gun control) of Native warriors, causing some tribes the hardship of walking to Indian reservations or Indian Territory, and some of their chiefs and others treated as prisoners-of-war and being put in prison, hanged, shot or exiled. The Ottoman Empire (present day Turkey) established gun control in 1911. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and nearly exterminated. This represents 50% of the 3 million Armenians who lived in the Ottoman Empire then. This event is known as the 'Armenian Holocaust' or the 'Armenian Genocide'. The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin established gun control in 1929. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered. Under Adolf Hitler, Germany established gun control in 1938. From 1939 to 1945, 13 million dissidents, 6 million being Jews, were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up, murdered, and for the Jews, nearly exterminated, because that was Adolf's policy, to exterminate the Jewish [Hebrew] race! For the Jews: this was 1 out of 3, or 6 million out of 18 million Jews worldwide who were exterminated in the NAZI concentration camps. Every Jew today has a story to tell concerning a relative murdered in the concentration camps. This event is known as the 'Holocaust'. Under Mao Tse Tung, a revolutionary Communist leader, and later the 1st Chairman of the Communist Party of China, had gun control established in parts of China and then mainland China as a whole, starting in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and murdered. Mao's stated philosophy was "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.", meaning gun control gives him the power to take over. From 1966-1977, there was the Great Proletarian 'Cultural Revolution' where millions of Chinese were persecuted by the Red Guards including harassment, public humiliation, hard labor, imprisonment, torture, seizure of property and execution. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED! In 1941, Japanese Marshal-Admiral of the Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet, Isoroku Yamamoto [a Harvard grad], had said, "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered. Uganda, under Idi Amin Dada, established gun control in 1971. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, religious leaders, journalists, artists, senior bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, students and intellectuals, criminal suspects, and foreign nationals, unable to defend themselves, were murdered. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Under Pol Pot, from 1975 to 1977, one million educated Cambodians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and murdered. 56 million defenseless people rounded up and murdered in the 20th Century because of gun control. Since the creation of Islam in 622 AD, Islamic nations have adhered to the Qu'ran, Hadith, Sharia Law, or Islamic Law, which considers non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, atheists) to be infidels who are to be fought in order to be converted to Islam or murdered. Since 622 AD, hundreds of millions of non-Muslims in the Middle East have been murdered, and their churches and synagogues destroyed or converted to mosques, because they did not convert. Wouldn't it be good if these non-Muslims had been armed? Today in America, Chicago and Detroit which have had a history of having the strictest gun control, have had the highest murder rate in America. Gun control, as a means of exterminating its citizens, or controlling crime and protecting law abiding citizens, has been a dismal failure in every nation it was introduced throughout history! Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property, but gun-control laws will be against the law-abiding citizens. The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson. With guns, we are "citizens". Without them, we are "subjects". Concerning Switzerland: -- Nearly every household in Switzerland has a gun! -- Switzerland's government trains every adult whom they issue a rifle. -- SWITZERLAND HAS THE LOWEST GUN RELATED CRIME RATE OF ANY CIVILIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!!! It's time to speak loud before the Dems (Leftist, Socialists) and other anti-2nd amendment believers silence and disarm us Americans. History has shown that tyrannical governments always manipulate tragedies in an attempt to disarm the people.
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    The original intent of my FB page was for the promotion of real music and great talents. Too much of what appears on the news feed are commentaries from the ignorant, ill informed and prejudiced forces of darkness dedicated to the destruction of our freedom, our democracy, our family values and our Christian heritage.

    Meanwhile, I will keep on throwing in my two cents’ worth of facetious, politically incorrect, Conservative perspective in defense of truth and free speech: the guarantors of our freedom and the protectors of our democracy. It is our responsibility to uphold and defend our constitution and truth, for which we must never apologize, especially not to the forces of darkness.

    Real Music helps me keep my balance and sanity. To that end, I write on my Blog: “Music is the Light” about music, God Country and family, pet peeves and other taboo topics.

    “Music is the Light” is about music that touches your heart and lifts your soul, dedicated to fighting the influence of RCN (Raucous Commercial Noise). More importantly, it’s about great music, highlighting outstanding artists from around the world, especially young singers and some not so young, with emphasis on Classical Crossover, jazz, some pop and a bit of country. Hope you like it. www.musicisthelight.com

    Greetings and welcome to a little corner of my world. The original intent of my FB page was for the promotion of real music and great talents. Too much of what appears on the news feed are commentaries from the ignorant, ill informed and prejudiced forces of darkness dedicated to the destruction of our freedom, our democracy, our family values and our Christian heritage. Meanwhile, I will keep on throwing in my two cents’ worth of facetious, politically incorrect, Conservative perspective in defense of truth and free speech: the guarantors of our freedom and the protectors of our democracy. It is our responsibility to uphold and defend our constitution and truth, for which we must never apologize, especially not to the forces of darkness. Real Music helps me keep my balance and sanity. To that end, I write on my Blog: “Music is the Light” about music, God Country and family, pet peeves and other taboo topics. “Music is the Light” is about music that touches your heart and lifts your soul, dedicated to fighting the influence of RCN (Raucous Commercial Noise). More importantly, it’s about great music, highlighting outstanding artists from around the world, especially young singers and some not so young, with emphasis on Classical Crossover, jazz, some pop and a bit of country. Hope you like it. www.musicisthelight.com
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  • Cyberpunk: The Human Condition amid High-tech Alienation and Urban Dystopia
    https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/07/cyberpunk-the-human-condition-amid-high-tech-alienation-and-urban-dystopia/
    Posted By Luther Blissett By Raymond Lam: BuddhistDoor 4/7/19

    I love the seashore and the countryside, but I have spent most of my life in cities, with little to no time spent in the country.

    I grew up in Brisbane, Australia (which, despite its beauty and vibrant coffee culture, is hardly a skyscraper metropolis) and have spent a good deal of time in Hong Kong.

    Over the years I have visited Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul—cities that have long inspired novelists and artists in cyberpunk circles.

    Cyberpunk features “technologized” cities with endless skyscrapers shimmering in an ocean of neon lights and elevated railways.

    These cityscapes are often bathed in darkness, shadow, and rain.

    More often than not, the protagonists of these stories are lone-wolf types, running through grungy alleys and estranged from wider society.

    As a genre of writing, film, and animation, the dystopian cyberpunk imagination has been immensely influential in both Asian and Western pop culture, exemplified by the Blade Runner movies, The Matrix franchise, and the Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell.

    To many social commentators, cyberpunk carries eerie reminders of certain characteristics of urban living today—an endless feed of information, insecurity, and distractions through the Internet and social media, the press and media serving as distractions or brainwashing rather than useful information, and social alienation and unfulfilling work.

    In these activities is an almost gleeful dismissiveness of the need to reflect on human nature and what it means to be a human being: a key concern of religions and philosophical schools through the ages.

    As Buddhistdoor Global columnist Paola Di Maio notes about our headlong trajectory into developing communication between human beings and AI: “Excited at the prospect of scientific advances, researchers seem to ignore that enhanced cognition comes with enhanced responsibility, maturity, and responsible decision-making abilities.”

    This is the key concern and, as it happens, the idea of human interface with computers or “mind technologies” is about as cyberpunk as it gets.

    There are far more informed writers who have unpacked the themes of cyberpunk exhaustively, but I find this description particularly useful for grasping the general aesthetic and spirit.

    This is from an essay by Lawrence Person: “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.” (Slashdot)

    Surely many of these themes sound familiar?

    The eminent science fiction writer J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) defied assumptions about traditional storytelling and sought to upend the archetypes that were assumed to be universal, saying that he wanted a storytelling style that possessed “more psycho-literary ideas, more meta-biological and meta-chemical concepts, private time systems, synthetic psychologies and space-times, more of the somber half-worlds one glimpses in the paintings of schizophrenics.” (Ballard 2017, 103)

    Most interestingly, Ballard criticized the “external” emphasis of so much science fiction of his day (such as on space travel), declaring: “The biggest developments of the immediate future will take place, not on the Moon or Mars, but on Earth, and it is inner space, not outer, that needs to be explored. The only truly alien planet is Earth.” (Ballard 2017, 103)

    My opinion is that good cyberpunk is itself a kind of literary expression of contemporary inner preoccupations and concerns.

    Take the notion of loneliness, for example.

    Some good research has been done about urban life and its correlation with loneliness, but the results are ambiguous.

    One study found that urban life is undoubtedly more stressful than rural life (and has been so since the Industrial Revolution), yet how lonely one feels is a very difficult thing to measure.

    If we are to take seriously Ballard’s notion that the best kind of science fiction is about inner space, then perhaps we have also been distracted by the neon cityscapes of gritty cyberpunk metropolises.

    The interesting stuff is not happening in an action-packed helipad gunfight with a hypersonic jet on top of a tower owned by a futuristic robotics corporation.

    It is happening in the neurotic mind of one of that corporation’s low-level office workers, humiliated in public through a thoughtless social media post by her supervisor, who himself seeks distraction from his instantly replaceable managerial role by interfacing his brain with a computer’s pornographic VR program.

    It is not just about cybernetics and the development of androids, but how society changes as a result of them.

    I like to think that, perhaps one day in the future, when meditation practice centers are hidden away in glass and metal skyscrapers—some of them already are in the worlds biggest cities—and temples of traditional Asian design are surrounded by looming corporate structures, these loci of spiritual meaning and truly human work will have helped to fortify the inner worlds of these cities’ denizens against the darker side of cyberpunk.

    Ballard was right. The true struggle for meaning and dignity is more often on the inside, even in a society dominated by neon, nightfall, and neuro-computers.

    References

    Ballard, J. G. 2017. “Which way to inner space?” In Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings. Edited by Rob Latham. London and New York: Bloomsbury.
    Cyberpunk: The Human Condition amid High-tech Alienation and Urban Dystopia https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/07/cyberpunk-the-human-condition-amid-high-tech-alienation-and-urban-dystopia/ Posted By Luther Blissett By Raymond Lam: BuddhistDoor 4/7/19 I love the seashore and the countryside, but I have spent most of my life in cities, with little to no time spent in the country. I grew up in Brisbane, Australia (which, despite its beauty and vibrant coffee culture, is hardly a skyscraper metropolis) and have spent a good deal of time in Hong Kong. Over the years I have visited Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul—cities that have long inspired novelists and artists in cyberpunk circles. Cyberpunk features “technologized” cities with endless skyscrapers shimmering in an ocean of neon lights and elevated railways. These cityscapes are often bathed in darkness, shadow, and rain. More often than not, the protagonists of these stories are lone-wolf types, running through grungy alleys and estranged from wider society. As a genre of writing, film, and animation, the dystopian cyberpunk imagination has been immensely influential in both Asian and Western pop culture, exemplified by the Blade Runner movies, The Matrix franchise, and the Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell. To many social commentators, cyberpunk carries eerie reminders of certain characteristics of urban living today—an endless feed of information, insecurity, and distractions through the Internet and social media, the press and media serving as distractions or brainwashing rather than useful information, and social alienation and unfulfilling work. In these activities is an almost gleeful dismissiveness of the need to reflect on human nature and what it means to be a human being: a key concern of religions and philosophical schools through the ages. As Buddhistdoor Global columnist Paola Di Maio notes about our headlong trajectory into developing communication between human beings and AI: “Excited at the prospect of scientific advances, researchers seem to ignore that enhanced cognition comes with enhanced responsibility, maturity, and responsible decision-making abilities.” This is the key concern and, as it happens, the idea of human interface with computers or “mind technologies” is about as cyberpunk as it gets. There are far more informed writers who have unpacked the themes of cyberpunk exhaustively, but I find this description particularly useful for grasping the general aesthetic and spirit. This is from an essay by Lawrence Person: “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.” (Slashdot) Surely many of these themes sound familiar? The eminent science fiction writer J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) defied assumptions about traditional storytelling and sought to upend the archetypes that were assumed to be universal, saying that he wanted a storytelling style that possessed “more psycho-literary ideas, more meta-biological and meta-chemical concepts, private time systems, synthetic psychologies and space-times, more of the somber half-worlds one glimpses in the paintings of schizophrenics.” (Ballard 2017, 103) Most interestingly, Ballard criticized the “external” emphasis of so much science fiction of his day (such as on space travel), declaring: “The biggest developments of the immediate future will take place, not on the Moon or Mars, but on Earth, and it is inner space, not outer, that needs to be explored. The only truly alien planet is Earth.” (Ballard 2017, 103) My opinion is that good cyberpunk is itself a kind of literary expression of contemporary inner preoccupations and concerns. Take the notion of loneliness, for example. Some good research has been done about urban life and its correlation with loneliness, but the results are ambiguous. One study found that urban life is undoubtedly more stressful than rural life (and has been so since the Industrial Revolution), yet how lonely one feels is a very difficult thing to measure. If we are to take seriously Ballard’s notion that the best kind of science fiction is about inner space, then perhaps we have also been distracted by the neon cityscapes of gritty cyberpunk metropolises. The interesting stuff is not happening in an action-packed helipad gunfight with a hypersonic jet on top of a tower owned by a futuristic robotics corporation. It is happening in the neurotic mind of one of that corporation’s low-level office workers, humiliated in public through a thoughtless social media post by her supervisor, who himself seeks distraction from his instantly replaceable managerial role by interfacing his brain with a computer’s pornographic VR program. It is not just about cybernetics and the development of androids, but how society changes as a result of them. I like to think that, perhaps one day in the future, when meditation practice centers are hidden away in glass and metal skyscrapers—some of them already are in the worlds biggest cities—and temples of traditional Asian design are surrounded by looming corporate structures, these loci of spiritual meaning and truly human work will have helped to fortify the inner worlds of these cities’ denizens against the darker side of cyberpunk. Ballard was right. The true struggle for meaning and dignity is more often on the inside, even in a society dominated by neon, nightfall, and neuro-computers. References Ballard, J. G. 2017. “Which way to inner space?” In Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings. Edited by Rob Latham. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

    By Raymond Lam

    Source: BuddhistDoor.net

    I love the seashore and the countryside, but I have spent most of my life in cities, with little to no time spent in the country. I grew up in Brisbane, Australia (which, despite its beauty and vibrant coffee culture, is hardly a skyscraper metropolis) and have spent a good deal of time in Hong Kong. Over the years I have visited Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul—cities that have long inspired novelists and artists in cyberpunk circles.

    Cyberpunk features “technologized” cities with endless skyscrapers shimmering in an ocean of neon lights and elevated railways. These cityscapes are often bathed in darkness, shadow, and rain. More often than not, the protagonists of these stories are lone-wolf types, running through grungy alleys and estranged from wider society. As a genre of writing, film, and animation, the dystopian cyberpunk imagination has been immensely influential in both Asian and Western pop culture, exemplified by the Blade Runner movies, The Matrix franchise, and the Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell.

    To many social commentators, cyberpunk carries eerie reminders of certain characteristics of urban living today—an endless feed of information, insecurity, and distractions through the Internet and social media, the press and media serving as distractions or brainwashing rather than useful information, and social alienation and unfulfilling work. In these activities is an almost gleeful dismissiveness of the need to reflect on human nature and what it means to be a human being: a key concern of religions and philosophical schools through the ages.

    As Buddhistdoor Global columnist Paola Di Maio notes about our headlong trajectory into developing communication between human beings and AI: “Excited at the prospect of scientific advances, researchers seem to ignore that enhanced cognition comes with enhanced responsibility, maturity, and responsible decision-making abilities.” This is the key concern and, as it happens, the idea of human interface with computers or “mind technologies” is about as cyberpunk as it gets.

    There are far more informed writers who have unpacked the themes of cyberpunk exhaustively, but I find this description particularly useful for grasping the general aesthetic and spirit. This is from an essay by Lawrence Person: “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.” (Slashdot.org) Surely many of these themes sound familiar?

    The eminent science fiction writer J. G. Ballard (1930–2009) defied assumptions about traditional storytelling and sought to upend the archetypes that were assumed to be universal, saying that he wanted a storytelling style that possessed “more psycho-literary ideas, more meta-biological and meta-chemical concepts, private time systems, synthetic psychologies and space-times, more of the sombre half-worlds one glimpses in the paintings of schizophrenics.” (Ballard 2017, 103) Most interestingly, Ballard criticized the “external” emphasis of so much science fiction of his day (such as on space travel), declaring: “The biggest developments of the immediate future will take place, not on the Moon or Mars, but on Earth, and it is inner space, not outer, that needs to be explored. The only truly alien planet is Earth.” (Ballard 2017, 103)

    My opinion is that good cyberpunk is itself a kind of literary expression of contemporary inner preoccupations and concerns. Take the notion of loneliness, for example. Some good research has been done about urban life and its correlation with loneliness, but the results are ambiguous. One study found that urban life is undoubtedly more stressful than rural life (and has been so since the Industrial Revolution), yet how lonely one feels is a very difficult thing to measure. If we are to take seriously Ballard’s notion that the best kind of science fiction is about inner space, then perhaps we have also been distracted by the neon cityscapes of gritty cyberpunk metropolises.

    The interesting stuff is not happening in an action-packed helipad gunfight with a hypersonic jet on top of a tower owned by a futuristic robotics corporation. It is happening in the neurotic mind of one of that corporation’s low-level office workers, humiliated in public through a thoughtless social media post by her supervisor, who himself seeks distraction from his instantly replaceable managerial role by interfacing his brain with a computer’s pornographic VR program. It is not just about cybernetics and the development of androids, but how society changes as a result of them.

    I like to think that, perhaps one day in the future, when meditation practice centers are hidden away in glass and metal skyscrapers—some of them already are in the worlds biggest cities—and temples of traditional Asian design are surrounded by looming corporate structures, these loci of spiritual meaning and truly human work will have helped to fortify the inner worlds of these cities’ denizens against the darker side of cyberpunk. Ballard was right. The true struggle for meaning and dignity is more often on the inside, even in a society dominated by neon, nightfall, and neuro-computers.

    References

    Ballard, J. G. 2017. “Which way to inner space?” In Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings. Edited by Rob Latham. London and New York: Bloomsbury.

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