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Technology, which resists the ordinary processes of nature, is mirrored in our psychology as a resistance to the ordinary processes of life. Our internalized dictator—the voice of culture—judges and filters our every feeling and emotion, clinging to the good and weeding out the bad. Attachment and aversion: precisely what Buddha identified as the origin of suffering. The internalized dictator that seeks to maintain and extend control over our every thought and emotion is nothing less than an Orwellian Big Brother, who is always watching. The Thought Police are always on patrol in this ultimate tyranny of the finite part of ourselves over the infinite.
Yet on the other side of despair is fullness and an urgency to live life beautifully. We can choose a different world—the "more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible" and to which I have dedicated this book—but to choose it we must be familiar with what we are choosing. We must be fully cognizant of the world we have chosen up until now. Knowing the pain of the world fills me with energy and confirms the rightness of my life's direction. Otherwise what would stop me from occupying my hours with the trivial and the vain, staying comfortable for as long as possible until I died? We need not avert our gaze from ugliness and pain in order to live a happy life. Ignorance is not bliss. Quite the contrary: the more we insulate ourselves, the weaker we become, the less able we are to take on reality. The more we numb and defer the pain, the more afraid of it we are, until we willingly submit to confinement in the (temporarily) secure, predictable, controlled semblance of life our society offers
Originally posted by Vasilis Azoth
The paranoid people on this thread are the ones that want this device for their children.
TV has really messed you people up hasn't it?
Originally posted by tezzajw
Originally posted by Blogstalker
Or just save being able to take off the wrist band and inking the child with a barcode, just imbed a microchip at birth.
Yeah, that will be likely to happen. Discrete microchips with your details in the form of electronic zeros and ones.
Originally posted by slicobacon
As for "mandatory" use with adults for tracking purposes - I can't for the life of me understand why the govt would want to. The mere logistics and overhead of that type operation would be staggering!
Originally posted by tezzajw
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
You clearly are not a parent of small children.
You're clearly wrong, Leo.
I would never use this on my children. To buy one of these wristwatches means that I am supporting the idea of controlled monitoring.
Relevant government agencies will be watching the sales of these units with keen interest. Judging by the replies in this thread, they'll sell better than expected.
Originally posted by sos37
It's us parents versus the pedophiles and I'm not about to adopt some sporked up notion that this will escalate to government "sheeplement" just so my paranoid side can feel better at night while in the meantime, the very real pedophiles ... are out, they're networking, they're talking and they're scheming the best way to get ahold of YOUR children.