© 2018 Anthony D Darden - Author of The White Man’s House
If you knew that someone was watching you without your knowledge, what would you do? How would you feel? Your every move. Your every thought. Your deep dark secrets exposed and at the whim of unknown prying eyes. Nothing is safe. Nothing is secure. Someone is watching, always following, always recording. Yet, you have not a clue.
It is a scary thought. It is invasive, intrusive, and very terrifying. By now, the alarms should be going off in your head. And if your thoughts have not been provoked, then you are not conscious or aware of your surroundings or your environment.
“I don’t want to live in a world where everything I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity and love or friendship is recorded.” Those are the words of Edward Snowden.
The most disturbing thing in the world is an aimless or feeble mind. When facts are presented to you and you still do not take heed, you are either not conscious or in denial.
Privacy seems to be a thing of the past. No matter where you go, what you say, or how you think, someone or something is always watching. From the moment you get up, to the moment you lay back down, your whole day is recorded.
The sad thing, most people are not aware. The tags of tracking, are endless throughout the day. The first thing people do in the morning is, reach for their phone. Plug themselves right into the machine like a good little GPS slave. Let the tracking begin.
Information is the new currency. You want a deal, something free, or to save money, just relinquish your email address, with a little personal info to get you signed up, and watch the solicitation doors open to invasion.
You ever wonder why you get so much junk mail, why you get strange calls or mail at your home asking for donations, offering pre-approved credit, or bargains that seem too good to be true. Somewhere along the day, you punched your email into a program, a game, a free promo, or a 10% savings. Somewhere along the line, you were solicited into giving up your private info to get you on a mailing list, which, in turn, sold to the highest bidder. You got the complimentary cup of coffee. They got in your pants. Surely, you’ve heard, nothing in life is free.
Forest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” I guess if you have never lived in an era of privacy, when there was no internet, smartphones to plug you in, landlines could not be put in your pocket, cars weren’t linked to satellites, and no one could find you unless you reported in, then you really don’t understand just how precious a gift to be left alone really is.
Today, it is almost impossible to be left alone. Everywhere you go, you are tracked. Your credit cards. Your car. Anywhere you go, anything you do, anything you say, is recorded. It doesn’t have to be in words. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out. Any intelligent person with just a little tech savvy can figure you out, just from one peek at your smartphone. They can tell you what time you got up, where you went throughout the day, how much money you spent. How much money you have. What you ate. Where you work. Who you are sleeping with. All the way up, until the last time you wipe your butt.
Privacy gone is just one click away. It is a very scary thing. It gives predators access to our lives and homes. Someone on the other end is sitting back and watching. They have your name. They have your social security number. They have your number. They have your address. They know what kind of car you drive. They know where you work, how much money you make, and who you are sleeping with. They have remote access to turn on cameras and recorders. To hear and see your most private moments. The flee on the wall. It sees and hears everything. Even a tell-tale heart.