In a message dated 30/05/00 22:30:27 GMT Standard Time,
> I have never said that transparency will be fun. I have said that it is
> coming whether we like it or not. I have also said that, on the whole, it
> will be beneficial to society. No, I don't want you to see me doing
> embarrassing things. But if *everyone* is subject to the same degree of
> intrusion, I will suffer it and I will not complain.
I think Transparency needs to viewed not only from our standpoint, but
also from the view of future generations. I would find it highly intrusive if
anyone could watch me going about doing some of my natural bodily functions.
If someone was born into a transparent world, they wouldn't think twice about
sitting on the toilet and talking to complete stranger over a video phone. Or
taking a shower and waving to a passer-by through the sheet glass walls. If I
could step forward into a society where people are not only unbothered by the
hang ups that we hold so dear but couldn't even comprehend them. I think it
would be a liberating experience.
Is our discomfort of the transitional period really too great a price to
> Similarly, I *hate* paying income taxes. I bust my butt everyday for my
> money, not Uncle Sam. Every year I write a big fat check to the
> and I feel like I am being raped. But I realize that everyone else is
> getting raped as well, and at least my rapist uses the money to buy things
> that benefit me, like highways, infrastructure and hundreds of thousands
> people with guns to protect my family and me from the likes of Saddam
> Hussein. Do I like it? No. Can I put up with it? In light of all the
> circumstances, yes.
You could always move to "Nearly Heaven". Im not sure what the residents
would make of an Extropian. They would probably shoot us as "New World Order"
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