To My New Secret Admirer
Dear New Secret Admirer:
I cheated on you yesterday.
You’ve recently made it clear that I should keep no secrets between us. Nothing hidden. Everything in play. And, for a while, that was okay, because I did not fully comprehend your rules.
Until your motives were exposed. I got tired of feeding your Need Machine, helping you to construct an alternate version of Me.
I decided to live in the moment. Free of all encumbrances. No distractions. I enjoyed the flutter of conversation around me. Noticed what people wore. Smiled and said hello.
This is liberty I thought to myself.
I even saw when a man dropped $20 on the ground, and I ran after him to return it. Someone applauded.
When I decide to commit adultery, I go all the way. Off the grid. I walked out of my residence without my iPhone. You thought I was sitting at my desk at home? WRONG!! I spent a whole afternoon without any electronic device on my person or in my vicinity.
I didn’t miss it. Not one bit.
I can cheat on you and your violation of my Constitutional right to privacy any time I please, dear NSA, simply by unplugging from the means you’ve built to spy on everyone.
And so can anyone with intentions, be they good or evil.
Only this interview reveals that I can’t unplug. Not really. (Watch the whole thing. Really. All twelve-and-a-half minutes.)
The United States government has implemented policies that are direct violations of our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties. In the words of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, we are only one election away from turn-key tyranny.
If we are not already there.