The Flickering Singularity
And Three Days that will Define the Future
Copyright 2010 Mac Champaign
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In the year 2077, America was a dreary, stagnant place. A callous nation desensitized by change, pummeled by growth. It had suffered far too many technological revolutions in far too short of time; paradigms shifting every few years, jarring humanity, setting it adrift on a sea of meaningless progress. Wrenched from their past, the people felt strangers in their own souls – homeless and unreal.
But some things had not changed. The public still did not trust the government, the rich still disdained the poor, and the whites and the blacks and the Latinos and the Asians still retreated to their ethnic enclaves when confronted with hardship. Mistrust still plagued society. The big difference was that nobody made any attempt to do anything about it. Nobody really cared. By objective measures, American living standards were higher than they had ever been, and without their intergenerational narrative, most people were perfectly content to live lives of comfort, free of want, devoid of struggle. They desired nothing more than the opportunity to enjoy their brief stint in this world.