Forgive me, all of you who are not “long-suffering Americans,” for sharing this, but it was sent my way a few minutes ago and I wanted to share it here. I happen to be one of those people who loves my country and believes it is (sadly) in the midst of a crisis of identity, philosophy and spirit. Who are we anyway? This speaks that issue in a Hollywood kinda way, but addresses well what I’m feeling. It should at least stir up some good responses.
(Beginning scene of the new HBO series The Newsroom explaining why America’s Not the Greatest Country Any Longer… But It Can Be.)
A few years back I had an idea for a story. I should leave it right there, because that in itself is newsworthy. I tend to be seriously plot-deprived as I’ve mentioned here before. Still, this one seemed like a cool idea, even though I don’t usually, or ever actually, write anything sci-fi, supernatural, whatever.
It was a story about humans a few decades into the future when the powers that be finally recognize that we are killing our planet and that human beings are the major problem. As a brilliant idea to end over-population and abuse of the land throughout the world, they created a program called “touch.” (Carrie, please note where the period is placed in that sentence. The rest of you, carry on.) Each person in the world, above the age of ten or so is given a patch that they are to slap onto the someone else of their choosing, thereby eliminating that person. You get one patch, you off one person.There was more to the story and some subplots about black market patches and all, but that’s the gist of it.