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  • I was brought up to be self reliant, responsible and independent.
    My parents seemed to foster these beliefs, but
    some of these traits also come from our culture.
    They are manufactured by our culture and sold back to us like dolls:
    The cowboy, the lone wolf,
    The rugged individual.

    But how people and cultures behave in groups is a crucial skill.
    It can make or break history.
    It already has, over and over.

    America, as a nation, still has open space and has not reached population density of Asia or India.
    What will life be like 200 years from now if Philadelphia stretches up to Portland Maine in one large, continuous city block?

    In Taiwan you can travel from Taipei to the neighboring Taichung without a pause.
    It is as if Boston and New York merged.

    What new philosophy will we adopt as our pioneer days fade into the mythosphere?
    The stories of our founding fathers will then take their place in deep time, along with the tales of Romulus and Rhemus, or Gilgamesh and Enkidu.

    For now, we have our open spaces.
    Where a man can be what a man needs to be, strong and independent.
    Space, on Earth, is not an issue for America today.
    But maybe for Tomorrow’s tomorrow the idea of elbow- room will be history.

    What will the 4th of July look like 300 years from now?
    And 500 years from then?
    When all we know now will be gone.
    What remains will tell a story we strain to recognize.

    Here is an excerpt from my story Plan B, Chapter 1, page 3:

    Parker reached over to a haphazard pile of live streaming screens and picked one up.
    She glanced at the lead stories.
    “Fights and fire break out at Wall. Clashes in street between students and refugees continue,” there were streaming images of overturned cooking fires and vehicles on fire.
    A mass of bodies was locked in a macabre dance in the mayhem of tents and refuse at the base of the massive stonework that formed the Great Maritime Wall.

    The next article headline read: ”City deploys Basic Helper Model cleanup crews to settlements.”
    A photomontage showed a series of pictures of BHM robots sweeping the street, sorting and compacting trash, extinguishing fires, offering drinks to disheveled people, or a clean towel, warmed and moistened, to wipe their smudged faces.

    These BHM models would also sermonize on the virtues of order and cleanliness. “There, now don’t you feel better,” one was saying to a woman who had been trampled in the altercation.
    “Keep the area around your belongings clear to avoid accidents,” said another.
    “ Maintain the six inch rule between yourself and your neighbor,” another called out in the background.

    It had been found that these prim but genial machines had a calming effect in civil unrest.
    But the presence of the private guards, with their scarlet and navy uniforms, antagonized the crowds.
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