The tribe of activists had the purplest of patches in the 21st century.
This group revelled in coordinated displays of aggression, mostly of the verbal variety, as a foolproof way of righting all that was wrong with this world. The world obliged, with a growing supply of things to outrage against.
Racism. Feminism. Nationalism. Anti-nationalism. Despotism. Capitalism…
The ism-ms were rounded up with much gusto and scythed into oblivion.
A thorny area caused an -ism schism.
Catalysed by technology, hyper idiotisation had caused humans to behave like robots. And Robots to behave like humans.
Robots had taken over vast swathes of vocational territories once populated by humans. This included much of Earth’s military ranks. Humankind revolted en masse against an enemy that was more condemned than thinking: dying. Robots put their hands up. And proceeded to beat humans hands down.
Robots were also rapidly taking over niches that once enjoyed the human touch. Cashiers, accountants, advisers of genuine (and dubious) lineage, consultants, politicians, teachers, janitors, doctors, thinkers et al found themselves violently uprooted and cast away by robots.
Something had to be done. Humankind arrived at a consensus.
Robots were relegated to the museum of the Disconnected with immediate effect. A few noted wryly that the museum had a rich collection of hitherto connected humans.
All seemed well for a while. Optimism ran high on the ultimate victory of humankind’s status quo.
Aversion to mental exertion had shaped humankind’s belief systems. Corporations, and willing consumers, made and traded things with little interest in knowing who, or where, or how, the things originated. When activists uncovered abominable labour conditions that had caused some unfortunate breathers to journey into the afterlife, humankind was outraged.
At the activists.
For erasing their blackboard of ignorance.
The tribe of activists reacted swiftly. Goods with questionable origin stories were boycotted. Which unfortunately meant, nearly everything. Organic foodies sought safe haven in Sustainableville. When a few amusingly noted that organic meant all things that contained carbon (the living), programmed science lovers latched on to the word. They argued that with so much carbon and twice-of-oxygen in the air, Mother Earth was manifestly organic. They outraged, demanding an abundance of these healthy elements.
After considered armchair communication, humankind got nothing done. And realised they were staring at a mountain of a problem.
How could they sustain this sustainability wave, the drudgery of living with very little, not working, and most importantly, not thinking?
How could the robotised human form be protected, when the new state of affairs meant an irreversible break from the status quo?
Was it silly to rail against the robots? Which could be deployed widely, with no painful demands on unused human physical and mental faculties?
Was it silly to rail against the robots? Which could potentially save scores of human lives operating in dangerous vocations? Or condemn humans to work in dangerous vocations, then outrage against insensitive work practices?
Devoid of mental stamina and a lack of pre-programmed response, human robots opted to reconnect robot humans.
The robots plugged out from the museum of the Disconnected.
Humankind plugged in.