Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brit Scientist: Give Everyone
a Scanner-Code Tattoo!

When I was but a wee little lad, full of health and joy.... 

....okay, not so wee, and not so joyful, but anyway.... I was about sixteen years old, and I made my first career decision: I wanted to serve in the U.S. military in some capacity, probably as a soldier in the Army.

I had no idea in what capacity; at the time my head was full of uniforms and drums and notions of serving my nation and patriotism and all that... entirely natural for an adolescent male.

Anyway, at one point, after reading a rip-roaring novel about Real Men in Combat, I ventured the opinion that I wanted to get a tattoo, like the lead character in the story.

Now my father–himself a retired military officer with no illusions about the nature of military service–anyway, my father handled it gently. No yelling, no "No Son of Mine!...." .... none of that. His way was far gentler, and far more subtle.

He took me to meet a man he had the honor of knowing–a wizened little man of Mediterranean Jewish extraction, a cobbler who ran a shop not far from my father's office.

On his forearm was a blue triangle and a six digit number: the sign of a German concentration camp survivor.

It was enough for me. Lesson learned. I have never gotten a tattoo.

It is in light of this experience that I read this: some British scientist has proposed putting a chip or a scanner code on the body of every individual, in order to "prevent identity theft", stop "anonymity on the Internet," to build strong bodies 12 ways, and achieve all sorts of other supposed public goods.

I don't think so. But that's just me.

Don't get me wrong; I'm no biblical literalist, and I do NOT think we are living in "the End Times" of Revelations. I do, however, think that forcing everyone to have some sort of identifying mark on their bodies for the convenience of the State profoundly violates human dignity, and reduces us to the status of, oh, say, a package of Ramen noodles on the shelf at the store.

Include me out.

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