Again, as I stumbled around the internet world, I came across this sci-fi short story. As I read it, I thought to myself “What a perfect example of liberalism!” The elements that drew me to that conclusion:
1) A crack- and alcohol- addicted single mother.
2) A baby in need of care.
3) The mother is not encouraged nor forced to tend to her motherly duties.
4) A surrogate is used instead of the real mother, and society is okay with this.
5) When the real authority figure (mother) is told of a problem, the authority figure avoids taking responsibility.
6) As a matter of fact, she forces responsibility onto another entity.
7) The government inserts itself into the structure of the family unit, assuming that it knows best.
8) Par of the solution involves scaring the heck out of people, specifically little babies, in this case.
9) The solution is inadequate.
10) When a real, valid attempt is made to rectify the situation, panties all over the nation go into wad mode.
11) The one trying to fix the situation is blamed for creating a problem, instead of the crack head mother.
12) Society is fine with simulated love as a replacement for real love.
13) The only entity with any sense and logic is not a real person.
14) When the situation becomes known, protests break out, albeit protest gatherings of an electronic and spectator variety.
15) Some of the solutions involved eliminating the robot, who offended their sensibilities, and not the irresponsible mother.
16) Lawyers inserted themselves into a situation that didn’t really require them to solve a problem.
17) Crack mom sued the robot company for doing its job.
18) Instead of solving a real problem, society decided to try to hide it and build a false sense of self-esteem: “This incident did not affect the doctrine that supplying crack mothers with household robots had been a success. It significantly reduced the time they spent on the streets, and having clean apartments improved their morale somewhat. ”
19) A news interview was scheduled, and the actress doing the interview kept repeating her question, trying to get the answer she wanted, and not the answer that reflected the truth. What’s that movie quote? “You can’t handle the truth!”
20) I’ll let the final few paragraphs make the last point:
The incident increased the demand for actual child-care robots, which were allowed five years later. The consequences were pretty much what the opponents had feared. Many children grew up more attached to their robot nannies than to their actual parents.
This was mitigated by making the robot nannies somewhat severe and offering parents advice on how to compete for their children’s love. This sometimes worked. Moreover, the robots were programmed so that the nicer the parents were, the nicer the robot would be, still letting the parents win the contest for the children’s affections. This often worked.
I found one sentence to be particularly humorous: “Through the magic of modern audio systems children don’t hear the bad language, and women can only hear it if they assure R781 that they are not ladies. ” Oh, and the obvious over use of polling.
This story just begs to be dissected and discussed. There’s already so much of this reflected in our society already. Are we headed down this road now? I think the answer is obvious. But this whole story is a nice stick-in-the-eye to the left. The funniest part of the whole tale is that the lefties won’t understand exactly what this story is about.