I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine. And now we have CSU Long Beach design student Nohemi Gonzalez, gunned down in Paris.
Let's imagine a US WWII, Korean War, or VietNam vet wakes from some cryonic deep freeze. Setting aside the barrage of cultural, societal, and technological changes our soldier faces, how would you explain the world we're living in? That the primary threat to thinking, cultured humanity - not just the United States - isn't a dictatorial country, but a fundamentalist movement (ISIS) with borders across several countries (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon?).
And that, despite repeated aerial bombing raids from the US military and European Allies, the most powerful force against them may very well be an elusive global collective of technologists. Computer hackers or hacktivists (Anonymous).
Because when stepping back from it, this convoluted plot we're mired in, where innocent civilians are slaughtered for dining out or going to concerts and our standard militaristic and diplomatic responses aren't working, feels like a dystopian Cormac McCarthy - William Gibson tale.
One that doesn't end well for us as a society.