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While this is purely fiction, I know this is where we’re headed technologically and as a society. And this is also where I draw the line and the old man in me stands up and says, “I’ve had enough. Stop the world, I want to get off.”

At the same time, I know beyond all doubt that future generations will think no more of this tech and welcome it into their lives the way we have welcomed cell phones.

In fact, this reminds me very much of The Reality Dysfunction. This type of tech was commonplace.

BTW, if you love hardcore SciFi, I would definitely recommend the book (the first in a trilogy). It’s extremely violent and bloody, but the story is completely enthralling.

10 Things Most Americans Don't Know About America

From Postmasculine:

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him.

This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

I know that’s harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in a good place these days. That’s not a socio-economic statement (although that’s on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one.

I realize it’s going to be impossible to write sentences like the ones above without coming across as a raging prick, so let me try to soften the blow to my American readers with an analogy:

You know when you move out of your parents’ house and live on your own, how you start hanging out with your friends’ families and you realize that actually, your family was a little screwed up? Stuff you always assumed was normal your entire childhood, it turns out was pretty weird and may have actually fucked you up a little bit. You know, dad thinking it was funny to wear a Santa Claus hat in his underwear every Christmas or the fact that you and your sister slept in the same bed until you were 22, or that your mother routinely cried over a bottle of wine while listening to Elton John.

The point is we don’t really get perspective on what’s close to us until we spend time away from it. Just like you didn’t realize the weird quirks and nuances of your family until you left and spent time with others, the same is true for country and culture. You often don’t see what’s messed up about your country and culture until you step outside of it.

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