The genii is COVID-19, which goes without saying. Allowing myself a moment to think of the genii not getting back into the bottle reminds me of the plot of the movie, “Twelve Monkeys.” The movie starts with the world as a lifeless wasteland for the most part, where humans live in cubicles not quite big enough to straighten out in, underground, away from the deadly virus that has been released at some earlier time. Humans, in their ingenuity, have developed a time machine, where they keep sending teams back to various times in hope of discovering when and how the virus was released in order to prevent the catastrophe before it happens.
It makes me wish we could design a time machine. Do you think it is possible? I think it is. Our thoughts and memories that happened years ago can be recalled in a moment. Scientists say that they are electrical impulses, but I know they are more than that. They are time travelers. If we can figure out the mechanics of thoughts, where they go, how they are stored, and how they morph, it will lead to how we can have our bodies travel through time along with our thoughts.
In the movie, it is discovered that someone has intentionally released the devastating virus that has turned Earth into a wasteland. How do you think it would change things to learn that someone intentionally released COVID-19 into the world? Would it shock you to learn that devastating diseases have been intentionally released upon unknowing individuals as part of experimental research projects? Would it surprise you to learn that HIV might be one of them? (see Rolling Stone Magazine’s, “The Plague Years,” by David Black, issues 444 and 445.)
Why must we enslave human ingenuity into the service of evil? I remember learning about — I think it was in a Michael Moore movie — how all of the brilliant mathematical minds are snagged up by the stock exchanges to develop trading algorithms to maximize profits at the quickest rates. They use them to build digital and optic pathways for the machines so they trade milliseconds faster than their competition. I liken the use of these minds for that purpose to using a giant battery to electrify a mountain of excrement instead of powering benevolent projects that can help every living being on our planet.
I guess, to me, the genii is not COVID-19 as much as it is the pathological parasitic greed for “more,” whatever form that takes. Can it be put back into the bottle? What are you, personally, willing to do to help push it back in?
Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge. Reena says:
The genie is not getting back in the bottle
Yes, the line above is your theme or prompt for the week. Twist it any way, try to push it back, experiment with formats and words and let us see the story that emerges.