Second Short Story -- Existential Vanity

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    May 26, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    At some point in history, the rich land of Americana became so productive that no one needed to work for anything anymore. No skill was valued anymore. Everything was done by either automatons or foreigners!
    Then came the question: what do people do if they don't need to work? People became bored and restless. Many became drug addicts and still many committed suicide.
    An ingenious mind came up with a daily activity that quickly solved that problem, and in line with the time-honored democratic tradition. Each person would vote on whether another person deserves to live through a secret ballot. Soon enough, this game caught on and everyone is working hard to persuade others that their existence is meaningful. Now people again have endless work to do!
    An acute observer commented that people would vote yes on other people looking most like themselves; further, they would also vote yes on people whom other people already vote yes. Consequently, the most common strategy is to try to look like the greatest denominator of everyone, and make a pretense that they are really NOT anxious about their personal turnout.
    In order to gain an edge in this contest, people formed cliques based on their looks and popularity. Collectively, they legitimize their cliques by calling on tradition, history, images, associations, and etc. The governing body made sure that certain exclusive benefits are available to retain members. These cliques gained in numbers quickly.
    One day, however, the two biggest cliques, Ice-flakes and Charcoals, suddenly began to clash violently. The conflict began verbally because one Ice-flake member causally suggested that the Charcoals may not worth living because of their darker complexion. The rest was a (violent) history.
    After all the atrocities, people realized that perhaps they should keep their opinions to themselves so that direct confrontations be avoided at all costs. They instituted a code called "Political Correctness" stating that no one ought to comment on the self-worth of other people.
    Finally, people of Americana entered the fantastic state of openly praising everyone with tolerable social connections, while covertly cursing and despising those different from themselves. When they meet each other, they always put on a smile, but are secretly wondering, "did this person vote me a yes or no?".
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    May 26, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    If I may. Because you said this:

    "one Ice-flake member causally suggested that the Charcoals may not worth living because of their darker complexion. The rest was a (violent) history."

    ..as well:

    "stating that no one ought to comment on the self-worth of other people."

    ..did you mean, "stating that no one ought to comment on the self-worth of other people by their skin colour."

    -intrigued
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    May 26, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    I think it would work better with a one world concept ... for instance, rather then Americana, then future will likely have Terra Sector 1,2, 3 4 etc.
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    May 26, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    kurt vonnegut called and said take up the violin
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    May 26, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    meninlove said If I may. Because you said this:

    "one Ice-flake member causally suggested that the Charcoals may not worth living because of their darker complexion. The rest was a (violent) history."

    ..as well:

    "stating that no one ought to comment on the self-worth of other people."

    ..did you mean, "stating that no one ought to comment on the self-worth of other people by their skin colour."

    -intrigued


    Thanks for the comment. It turned out that skin color, hair color, body shape, body length, penis size and other visual characteristics defined who they are, and therefore they were all covered under the statue.
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    May 26, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI think it would work better with a one world concept ... for instance, rather then Americana, then future will likely have Terra Sector 1,2, 3 4 etc.


    Em..could you elaborate?
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    May 26, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    calibro saidkurt vonnegut called and said take up the violin


    Unfortunately, violins in this world plays themselves