Three absurdities in one day is a lot, even for the BBC News, but there they were staring us in the face this morning, jaw-dropping examples of the crassness of the human species when elevated to any form of authority.
The world is teetering on the precipice of global warming, politicians are burying their heads deep into the sand while pretending they have the matter in hand, and China bans electric scooters and segways from the roads of two major cities. The above image clearly displays the irresponsible attitude of Chinese politicians, their hypocrisy in paying lip service to the containment of global warming while banning environmentally-friendly transportation on the grounds of “safety”. The woman in the image is forced to wear a mask because of the pollution caused by China’s vast number of cars, yet will be barred from doing her small part for the environment.
Meanwhile, Canadian officialdom is publicising its inhumanity to its fellow man by forcing a couple married for sixty-two years to live in separate care homes. Here is a perfect example of how human beings with power over people rapidly become desensitized to the needs of those they control.
Forcing two people apart who have lived together and loved one another for any length of time is cruel and inhumane. After sixty-two years it should be a criminal offence punishable by public flogging. Fraser Health Authority is the power holding sway over this couple. The key people in power are a Michael Marchbank, Arun Garg, and Vivian Giglio. Their motto is: ‘Better health. Best in health care’. If this is the best healthcare they can provide to their customers then their motto should be: ‘Screw you. We’re alright, Jack’.
The third – though possibly not the last – absurdity to surface from the pages of the BBC News website today concerns our old friend, Amazon. Apart from rumours of ruthless employee-bashing, Amazon has in the past provided a service most of us have partaken of to a greater or lesser degree. It’s also done wonders for the profits of companies like UPS, Fedex, and cardboard box manufacturers worldwide.
Amazon’s latest idea is surely one offering too far: Amazon Dash. Soon we’ll be able to purchase Dash buttons for many household products: toilet rolls, washing detergent, toothpaste…the list is expanding rapidly. Running short of condoms? Just press your Dash Durex button and a packet will be ‘dashed’ to you within twenty-four hours. (Don’t worry, lads, you won’t have to keep it in your pants for that long once Amazon gets its drones off the ground). The system’s been in use in the U.S. (where else!) since March last year and is catching on rapidly.
With major manufacturers all keen to get in on the act it’s surely one more step on the road to complete corporate domination of our lives; lives that are already rapidly becoming controlled by social media, Google advertising, and huge conglomerates like Apple, Microsoft, and the like. Never mind that we can buy a product much cheaper at the local supermarket, why go out if it can come to you?
It’s all part of taking control away from us and putting it in the hands of those who hold the power. Whether it’s getting to work or to the shops on an environmentally-friendly vehicle, living out our remaining years together with our life partner, or choosing if the condom we use is made by Durex or Trojan, those choices should be ours as a right, not imposed on us by the inhumanity of governments, health authorities, or corporations.
 “Beijing and Shanghai ban electric scooters and segways on roads” BBC, August 31st 2016
 “Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years” BBC, August 26th 2016
 “Amazon Dash – who wants to live in a push-button world?” BBC, August 31st 2016