“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually, then suddenly.”
- from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, bold added
If someone in the not-too-distant future were to ask me how the world became a global dictatorship, I imagine I would respond in the same manner as Mike in the excerpt above.
Two ways. Gradually then suddenly.
If pressed for details, I could outline the gradually against the contours of my own life and point out the countless baby steps the Establishment took to achieve their long-term objectives; to the thousand little cuts they inflicted upon us - whittling us down; bleeding the life out of us. And then when it seemed there were no more steps to take, no more slivers to slice off, no blood left to drain . . . it happened.
Everyone in the world was labeled a biohazard. We were declared an immense threat to each other and the planet. The peril we posed was so great that it required the swift installation of global governance, which was the only way to ensure the implementation of a safe and just world. Avalanches of other suddenlies quickly followed, burying us where we stood.
Thing is, Mike from The Sun Also Rises knew what the suddenly was when it happened to him. He was painfully aware of his circumstances, and he was also painfully aware of the process that had led him there.
Will I be able to tell my not-too-distant-future enquirer the same about the majority of modern people in the world?