Is anyone else seeing the insanity of how we are behaving inside the united states in building up walls and layers of security and pushing fear into everyday life? I stood behind a red rope at St. Patrick’s Cathedral during a service because I didn’t want to take off my computer bag for a search. This was after I already had my bag checked three times in one library and was heading to another where I wager it will be looked at 3 or four times as well. It just has me realize the sadness for why these systems are in place. the irony is the first book I got delivered is “privacy in public spaces – conceptual and regulatory challenges.
I am waiting for all the other books to come to lighten the mood as the public and private space has me wonder why Americans think they have privacy anymore. They gave an astounding amount of data away for free already with social media, their shopper cards, and other information. What did they get in return? You get frisked at houses of worship, have metal detectors in schools, and are checked every time you turn around in a library.
It would be a bit funny except that I don't think people understand what is coming down the pipe with person scanning and people being oblivious with how their earbuds and phones will merely be human tracking systems. Sadly, the system will most likely be abused for greed, power, and control of stuff and/or pushing more debt on people and telling them they will be happy with more stuff. It is a bit like Pavlov’s rats and/or the gerbil on the treadmill.
What I do know is lent has been brutal for me this year with personal relationships and wanting to grow beyond where I was yesterday. There was a great moment of peace listening to the service from the way in the back, behind the red rope at St. Patrick’s. But I got surprisingly fed in the spirit. On the way out to another library, I took a photo of a group of people standing under my friend's sculpture of a pope. I hope it turns out well as I really don’t remember what images I shoot walking along the street till later tonight when I load them in.
The truth is that to get all the research, I photograph the pages of information in the books I am not allowed to take out. I am ok with that. But if you can’t take any research books out, why do you need to frisk the bags?