What are you willing to sacrifice to live a "civilized" life?
There is an excellent thread on ATS right now that is discussing Chinese Ghost Cities
posted by seabag.
I began typing a reply to that thread, but the more I pondered and the more I typed, my answer evolved into a related topic that I thought worthy of
it's own thread.
So as not to derail seabag's thread, and to present an altogether different perspective on a similar topic, I would like to present for
What would ATS members choose when faced with the choice to continue living their lives in the "civility" that we have become accustomed to, or
live as outcasts of society with the possibility of being hunted down for eradication?
Of course, everything has its price and those choices would not be without their caveats.
Let me expound on that general postulation a bit and create a fictional, but possible scenario:
It is my contention that these highly organized and efficient "ghost" cities could possibly be being built for population control.
At the proper time, under the proper circumstances, those individuals who embrace a global world order under a global leader will unite in these
cities. There will be jobs, protection, electricity, medical care, food, clean water, education & comfort afforded to those who choose to participate
as citizens of this new world order.
Although the order will certainly be global, there will be settlements located on all continents and in most former major countries so every nation,
creed and race will have the opportunity to become a part of this new endeavor of humanity .
However, all those who desire to be a bona-fide citizen of this endeavor and desire to participate in this "step forward" in human civilization
must be "logged" into the "system". This may or may not include a DNA scan or record, but it will absolutely include some sort of identifiable
marker on each and every individual. If you're not logged into the system, then you will be left to live a barbaric life among looters and criminals
in abandoned cities or fend for yourself in a nomadic lifestyle among the wandering outcasts that refuse to assimilate in these cities or be marked.
Since the new cities are self-contained, most are located safely away from large, formerly inhabited areas and will most likely have some type of
graduated security system among the radial parameters of the city itself. Major highways and roads are not necessary, as all cities will be connected
via some sort of inter web where communication can be easily mass-transmitted to all settlements.
Travel outside the city will be forbidden, but this is in the best interest of it's citizens since it is only for their protection against violence
All those who choose to govern themselves will be considered treasonous, mentally unstable savages and/or unreasonable, ignorant religious zealots,
who will be hated, hunted down and killed because there is no room for the likes of that mentality for a truly civilized and advanced society. Any
and all activity and movement outside the parameters of these cities will be constantly tracked by countless drones that were once used by the
military, but have been re-purposed to find cells of "non-citizens" and in conjunction with providing location intel to dispached ground troops,
eliminate them. Only when this threat has been completely eliminated, can there be travel between the new cities and can the progression of this new
civilization of mankind move forward.
So, with that possible scenario in mind, where would you find yourself?
Would you embrace the amenities afforded you by this new form of society? And possibly see it as a good thing for humanity? I mean after all, you
would have a job, medical care, water, food, and this would be especially expedient for someone who has a family to take care of.
Or would you see this as a "comfortable dictatorship"? And possibly see it as a global effort in the enslaving of mankind under the guise of the
maintenance of a true "civilzed" society? I mean after all, you really can't put a price on freedom. And for those who have families, this would
be an especially difficult decision to justify when basic necessities for survival are at stake.
For me, I guess ultimately it would come down to the decision of living "civilized" or free. And I will choose freedom at any price.
What do you think ATS?