To be able to look at life’s challenges through the eyes of a comic strip is wonderful! That Charles Schulz did this so well, is amazing. He had a special gift. There are topics that are just hard to put into any kind of perspective because they are frightening. On many topics, like politics and faith, people choose sides. The opposing view may feel threatening, ridiculous or in our minds just black and white wrong. This causes divisions, sometimes splintering relationships; yet the topics must be discussed, especially if it affects us individually. Using comic strip characters to thrash around an idea is a great way to initiate conversation.
It amazes me to know the cat my husband and I adopted from the SPCA has a micro-chip to allow identification of the owner along with the name and description of the animal. This service was part of the program when we adopted him. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this process, even though I understand the benefits.
Along with this endeavor, there was a similar idea embraced for humans in the “smart card,” enabling people to transfer money to a bank account by merely scanning the card or to buy and sell. Touch and pay, another process of buying without needing to carry cash, was also implemented in some areas. All you need is a finger print in the system to scan, and purchases are placed on the account!
There is information available that says United States citizens at some point will be required to obtain a new kind of Identification Card that links them into the Homeland Security department. This card will contain an enormous amount of personal identification information, including place of residence, and other vital statistics.
There has been discussion about humans having chips installed in them. Some have suggested it would be on the outside of the hand while other sources suggest on the forehead. The chips supposedly are able not only to be used for identification by the government, but also able capable of opening doors, turning on lights and other such tasks.
I find this information, if true, terrorizing! My mind rejects the capability of something/someone being able to track me no matter where I am or know all my personal data! Does this not put each of us at the mercy of the government? My life is mine, and does not need to be regulated by anyone but me!
Yet, as science and technology move forward, and our political world continues to change; is this not a possibility; even if frightening? How will we respond? I hope I don’t see this in my lifetime, although I certainly expect it. What will your response be, if challenged to have a microchip? Do you believe the benefits outweigh the problems it will cause, and lack of privacy which is certainly assured?