The Youth In Asia Room

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The Youth In Asia Room
Written by Mark Edgemon

Brainwashing was part of the oriental society on the island of Shamsoun, located off the coast of mainland China. The government controlled the people of their society with computer implants, surgically inserted in the back of the lower part of a person’s head and attached to the cerebral cortex. This operation was called “tagging” and was usually done when a child was eight years of age.

It was a crime against the state to not be connected to the government’s civilian guidance system. Everyone above the age of eight had all been tagged. The government controlled every aspect of its population’s actions, including when to eat and when to sleep. Everyone on the island ate at the same time. The population slept in shifts all programmed by computers run by the government.

One day, the factory that made the implants had power problems, due to heavy winds knocking out transformers throughout the island. Fifty implants went out defective and were never discovered. The fifty children, who were given the implants, grew up challenging the controlling facets of their society and eventually gained positions of leadership within the government. When revolution came, it was quick. The computer system that controlled everyone’s lives was dismantled and the leaders of the old regime were tried and put in prison.

When people were given a choice of an easy life without thought or personal responsibility, they fought to regain their independence, finding it much preferable than ease.

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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