Yesterday's Future

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   One of the greatest ideas, like several before it, came about through some simple deductive reasoning. Written often is the theory nothing exists, that is nothing that presently exists being able to move faster than the speed of light and if the components of the atom move at the speed of light well then you see the logic but first, first the idea of the impossible would do well leaving the mind of any scientist secondly the possibility of an object moving beyond the speed of light in and of itself is pictured as moving in a straight line leading to the idea of putting the object in a relatively small spin, like the atom, and the impossibility became simply, well maybe a bit more than "simply", a new paradigm or dynamic with a unique field, and with quantum theory came the possibility of creating something that could move at this speed as Einstein claimed happened inside the atom, in circles, things were moving at this speed already, hope this isn’t getting a bit redundant. I’m reminded of some in the field of physics having stated time travel to be possible, well like most things it was but not by any high-minded physics, actually it is exactly that but with concession, it was by complicated degrees of effort into the, some would say, more mundane sciences of the telescope with huge computer power (Quantum) giving us the reality of seeing some of the past relived.I think science has lead to inventions which transcend humanitarian, even human, boundaries. We are not as equal as we think, This idea has me believing we may be micro-managed by degrees into our positions by society. This  micro world or quantum realm of physics the world is now in has defined infinitely small components, the very intricate building blocks of our reality and life, in turn not only have we written the human genome but can build one from scratch, or by design, independent from any previous living entity. People, and others, this is where the rumors begin, stated with some degree of apprehension, others not entirely human are now possible for unique needs, jobs, and we tread lightly here at times, however imagine a worker having the strength of another species doing work beyond his previous limits given the nature of reward in a competitive workplace. At a young age I was astounded at the way the world worked as I first learned of banking, the fractional reserve method of currency and later when reading of Marx and how he said that the term fascism was a poor choice and the correct term or even more appropriate term is corporatism, these were a few ideas that unsettled me and now with so many added substances to the periodic table and the nature of instant communication traveling through the earth, through anything pretty much, using hydrogen molecules, protons of light existing in two places at once able to react simultaneously to stimulation regardless of the distance of their separation (entanglements). What was once miracles now understood.....to some and the divide continues to widen. My workplace has hired these workers for the warehouse from a company outside our own personnel department the difference in the almost subhuman look of the few that only labor by their ability to lift considerable weight is suspicious.  This looks to me as if the world is one I didn't ask for and do not want. I tried to brush it off joking with my barber he must be one of them, my "clones" based on my last haircut but seriously something had to be done.
. With the development of quantum physics we had new materials all made as a result of mastering the subatomic world not completely unlike our mastering of the genome. I read quantum physics was what made smart phones possible. The world became much more what we wanted it to be in ways that gave corporations, working usually through government powers, control that had never been imagined before. People were altered in ways only dreamed of earlier, a wide divide between people of  who labored, where real work was done, and the rest of us had been brought to fruition, by apperances, a measure of calm seemingly underneath, well that was another story. Our genius was and had been causing a master class of control beyond the science we first thought and desired, we gave advantage for the few and simply slavery to the rest. Outright atrocities were beginning to be part of the landscape, people with prosthetic devices which were not for the replacement of a lost limb but for work that may be required an extra finger for new keyboards, arms even used in static control machines, a machine that didn’t move and is exclusively electronic, where it was easier to change a person than build a custom device, and that is even a redundancy. Crossing the line to enhanced prosthetics was not so difficult once the first arm or leg was made a little stronger than nature might have provided. Beyond what had been done in the area of ourselves our bodies being changed to the degree we were on our way to being Cyborgs.The physics led to holograms that could float substances of new lighter materials creating fairly solid realities of temporal nature. What used to be ascribed to computers "Your only limited by the limits of your own imagination" now was the mantra given to the whole of reality, well almost, mortality was still what it was always....limited even while claims were rumored to the contrary.
                   So here I sit writing of my experiences and visions, I leave it to you for a description of just which is which. The lights go out soon here at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital so I’ll end my piece. Take care the future is less than you imagined, and more, much more…...

About the Author: 
After twenty-two years moved from NYC back to California for the beaches and sun. Raised on Kesey, Burroughs, and Poe, not in that order, being a "boomer" is a badge of honor "hippy" also.

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