“Hands up! Gimme all your money!”
We are common diners at the Bombay Grill–best Indian cuisine in Texas–so when we walked in, all of us in masks . . . How could we not say it?
The owner/manager/head waiter just laughed. “Oh you want all my credit card receipts?”
Which made me think. When was the last time I’d paid for anything over $20 in cash?
And that’s been the easy part of the future to adjust to.
How many times have you thrown your hands up in the air and said . . .
“If they improve this one more time, it’ll be completely useless!”
“I hate setting up a new computer!”
“So I have to re train to use a replacement phone? Because they don’t make my old phone anymore and couldn’t possibly use the same controls and procedures millions of customers already know? Couldn’t even put the D****d icons in the same place? Added two more steps for common actions?”
The original “Future Shock” espoused the idea of too much change too fast causing stress, disorientation, and disassociation with the world.
But it looks to me like Future Shock is turning into Future Exasperation.
Those dreaded words :
Downloading updates. Do not turn off your computer.
As of 04/01/2020 this version will no longer be supported.
Please enter your 18 digit serial number and PIN.
“If this is an emergency, hang up and dial 911. Push one for English, two for Spanish. If you are a doctor or hospital push three. If you want to make an appointment, push four. If you . . . “
And because you just spent all day getting your new phone set up, you do not throw it against the wall.
Well, it’s 2020. Of course my computer died. And my new(ish) lap top. And I discovered my online backup hadn’t been.
And my perfectly good old flip Phone? Nope, obsolete, here’s your free newly refurbished phone, have fun!
And my first CT scan (and this being 2020, followed by second and third) wasn’t future shock, it was Future Cool! Well, definitely could have done without the kidney stones! But the tech wasn’t a horrible adjustment.
And the election? Dude, that’s been creeping up on us for decades. It’s disgusting and infuriating, not shocking. I mean, even I’ve written about election fraud and violence.
And that’s probably the biggest reason so little in the future has come as a shock.
We’ve already read all about it, The ramifications, the solutions. Picking up afterwards.
Is that why we have fragile Snowflakes? No real world experience and no fictional exposure to adverse situations? Insufficient reading, maybe. But what about all the TV and movies? Are those not immersive enough to make a watcher a bit more able to deal with set backs? Or more to the point, leaps forward?
Well. I won’t say the future hasn’t surprised me now and then. Probably will again. But I chug along learning as I go. I dunno, maybe writers live a bit disassociated from the world, so we aren’t as affected as a “normal” person “ought” to be.
So how about you? Is there any major tech or social advance that you have truly not been able to deal with? Psychologically? That has shocked you?
How about some Space Pirates?