I think it can accurately be stated that nearly all of the major social groups are working towards the same thing.
People on "the left" openly support all of it with righteous fervor. People on "the right" openly resist it, but give just as much attention to the
Story as anyone else. Both are just as controlled by the Narrative and through their actions, work towards the same end. From complaining online to
protests and even to outright violence and riots.. it all serves to go in a singular direction.
In "the rights" defense, they have absolutely no idea what they are up against other than being against it.
I suppose somewhere along the line, folks in power figured out that designing a religion that controls both adherents and critics was a vastly
superior option than one that attempts to directly convert everyone as a means of control. Pretty much everyone in these social groups essentially
asks permission from this system to build something different. They all
focus on exactly the same information, spread through exactly the same
channels. Whether they are "for" or "against" it doesnt really matter.
The Achilles Heel to all of it is using modern technology to build something completely different that isnt beholden to the collectivized systems
currently emerging. "The left" only views this tech as something the Priesthood should be able to control and "the right" tends to view all modern
technology as The Problem. Again, both work towards the centralization of power in the modern world.
We could even switch over to these decentralized platforms completely, though that would almost certainly mean some discomfort in some respects. We
dont actually need to do that though. Collectivized and centralized systems work to destroy any decentralized systems by their very nature, however,
decentralized systems can easily support more collective approaches being built on top of the distributed foundation.
As for nanotech, I would agree that its not likely to be a major player in what is going on right now. However. BCIs + nanotechnology are one of the
biggest problems humanity will ever face and could very well spell the end for our civilization if we are not prepared. It is only one of these
paramount concerns among others, but I am not necessarily against having the narrative be shaped that it is something to be concerned about. Of
course, "the left" will just support anything approved by the Corporate Congregation and "the right" will just mindlessly resist it or act as a
perfectly manufactured foil/heel.. so we can expect that most emergent themes and subtext in our Cultural Story will be a bit wonky when they are
first being adopted into the Narrative.
I would say that we have 3-4 generations to really get our act together, and that will likely take 2-3 generations to accomplish. Ideally, there would
have been a buffer of a generation or two there, but time marches on and the control of the Corporate Congregation grows stronger (both of adherents
I happen to think it is a fascinating situation, and assume it is something of a litmus test of balancing between social/cultural growth and
technological advancement. As far as I can tell, its something that would happen in any civilization at some point.
When the time gap between imagination and physical creation gets closer and closer to being instantaneous, the civilization in question must
be able to handle it responsibly. Or perish.
I dont pity humanity. This is the first true Trial it will face. If it cant handle this, then...