The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn…Alvin Toffler
(Nobody was thinking about this today because I learned from my friend, that two doors down from her house, a man went out to his front yard, and shot himself. He had been searching for a job for two years. He leaves behind a wife and two kids.)
The subject: Money.
Just before Obama’s job speech this upcoming week, we find out, that the United States Post office might have to close for the winter. It is $8.5 billion in the hole, mainly due to the fact that 80% of its expenses are due to union labor costs. Layoffs are coming, (they want to lay off 220,000) and since the Post Office has bought many blacks into the middle class, under Obama, they are going to lose big time.
They want Congress to bail them out. (More than likely, they will)
So…where’s Jesse Jackson? Maybe he’s not saying much because they are thinking about letting the Post Office deliver beer and wine to your door to make money, and Jesse’s son (plural?) got very lucrative Budweiser dealerships in Chicago…because Jesse was threatening just about everyone under the CEO sun with race extortion during the Clinton years.
Drinking is a very popular pastime during any depression, and so, they are thinking ahead.
The P.O. still delivers around three billion pieces of mail a day, so what gives? Like most governmental branches, billions of dollars were lost to overpaid employees pension fund.
The “progressives” like Alvin Toffler, and the banks and businesses must be pretty excited about this, and this is why—
For most of the United States history when you made money, you could put it in your bank account, and no one touched it but you. It took a judge to grab it, but if you did not break the law, you knew, it was safe.
While the invention of the internet has been as big of a benefit as the invention of the light bulb— there are setbacks.
For one…nobody writes anymore. Many of our schools are not even teaching cursive. And it’s not just us. The Chinese are so good at texting, millions of Chinese kids can only text, they are not learning to write Chinese.
So, this is the change…less study, therefore, less knowledge. There is incredible value in teaching how to write cursive. Hand to eye coordination for one. But, it will be lost to the future generations who will only need to know how to ‘learn’ according to Alvin.
Tell me, what can you ‘learn’ without reading? How to re-cycle? How do you type if you can’t read? Someone should stuff this man in a time capsule and keep him in China. (I’m sorry, Alvin gets under my fingernails, like dirt. I like to pick at him.)
But, this is what bugs me the most about this great “change.”
If you can’t pay your bills anymore by check, then you will have to let, all your bills be paid online. Paying by the ever disappearing US mail will of course, triple the overdue fines. All these people, who once could never reach into your personal pocket will be able to just, whenever they want, take money out of your account. I’m bombarded every single day with “Save a TREE! Pay Online.”
Uh…no thanks. I’d rather plant a few trees…tell Al.
When the Post office closes we will all be forced, not to pay what we want when we want, and how MUCH we want— but to have minions of businesses and governmental agencies grab what they feel they deserve.
Cash will disappear. It’s happening now.
For instance: anyone who has been charged some ungodly medical bill knows how the hospitals want their money NOW.
“You had an MRI..took 15 minutes. Cost $10.000.” You have a job. (making $35,000 a year) Pay half this week.”
If you did not have control, they would just wipe your bank account off the map.
You know it. I know it. But the kids, they haven’t figured it out yet. They are being programmed that a company having access to your bank account is just so EASY! Isn’t it wonderful? Hey kids! Computing is cool. You don’t even have to write a check!
It’s the future!
Tell me, when you get a back statement, and you pay maybe ten dollars over the limit each month, what’s to keep some credit card company from grabbing fifty dollars more?
And if you protest, what? Are you going to wait weeks before its resolved?
When the Post Office goes, we will lose freedom. Freedom to control our own money.
And think about it, maybe that what they want. God forbid we get hit with a EMP, as they seem to think we will be. We will all have to trade for food.
Twenty Years ago Alvin Toffler predicted just that. He said that in the future money would be gone. We’d all go back to “trading” whatever we had. Think of it:
“I’ll mow your lawn if you give me some of those cucumbers neighbor!”
And Alvin calls that …progress, that we need to ‘learn’ to accept.
“We need to train thousands of young people in the perspectives and techniques of scientific futurism, inviting them to share in the exciting venture ofmapping probable futures.”
The Future Shock thesis presents people as being ‘overwhelmed’ by change to a point of widespread dysfunctionality that might cause widespread social breakdown, so it is said. Mmmmm….I’d like to overwhelm some Future Shock authors.
Benjamin Franklin started the first Post Office in Philadelphia on July 26, 1775 by decree of the Second Continental Congress. If Ben had read Alvin’s previous quote he would have said.,
“Half the truth is often a great lie.”
Technology is our future…but it can also be our destruction. Like the gun in a serial killer’s hand, or a nukes in Ahmadinejad’s hand, or all the money in the control of the banks— in the wrong hands…it can be deadly.
As the wife of the poor man who shot himself now knows.