A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Despite the current mess (and everybody squawking about it) we live in the most benevolent society in history. We have more literacy, less poverty, better health care, better education, better nutrition and easier access to information than at any time since Lucy and her girlfriends decided to take a stroll in Ethiopia, some 3 million years ago. Unfortunately, we’re not that good at using these benefits to our best advantage – yet. For example, we wasted tons of money and years of research on Viagra when a little marijuana and some decent porn would have done the trick. Personally, I think our endless cycle of herbal shampoos, sugar water beverages and bum warmer automobiles has got to stop, and we need to concentrate on things that will really benefit our world. So, in that vein, here is just some of the stuff we need – RIGHT NOW!
An electronic collar that zaps you if you’ve forgotten something at the grocery store.
A mute button for vegans. Once a vegan has publically declared their veganness (veganosity?) eight times, they must wear a mute button for the comfort and convenience of the rest of us.
A sexier name for the Covid masks we’re all going to wear. Might I suggest Cloak of Responsibility?
A universal restraining order against stupid celebrities. Any celebrity who makes three (3) stupid comments in a calendar month is forbidden from coming within 100 metres of a microphone.
AutoCorrect that knows the difference between “your” and “you’re” and “there,” their” and “they’re” — so I don’t look like a moron when I’m not paying attention.
A written test before anyone is allowed to vote. Even multiple choice (guess?) would be better than nothing.
Transparent toasters. So we can at least see what that maniac machine is doing to our bread!
All statues turned into holograms so they can simply be switched off and changed when public perception turns against them. Unfortunately, pigeons would be denied a place to – uh – sit, but too bad, pigeon lovers — we can’t please everybody!
Skip the Dumbass. Like Skip the Dishes, but instead of food, this online service will deliver an intelligent person to your doorstep for an enjoyable conversation without a political or social agenda.
Laundry hampers that automatically wash clothes, dryers that fold them and a robot something that puts them away.
A Nobel Prize for Buffoonery.
A junk food that tastes super good but has negative calories so when you binge-eat a bowl of it while you’re binge-watching Netflix, you actually lose weight.
Voice-activated Smart Microwaves (with a cute female name) that remember how you like your frozen stuff nuked.
“Madison, beef and bean burrito.”
“According to your burrito history, you prefer two minutes on High. Is that correct?”
(You just read that in a computer voice, didn’t you?)
Compulsory therapy for old men who insist on riding those extra noisy-ass motorcycles.
Something (I don’t know what) that gets the last bit of peanut butter out of the bottom of the jar.
A secret society where the members memorize history to preserve it until those “culture cancellers” get over themselves — kinda like what the people in Fahrenheit 451 did for books and literature.