Friday, October 05, 2007

Other-abled

In the next ten or fifteen years we face a time when double amputations become an elective surgical proceedure practiced in office parks and strip malls on cheap credit, as an out patient affair. Industrial prostheses will have become of such quality and power that laboring jobs will require them. Only the Electives will find honest work as apt, semi-soft automatons with native intelligence, which pure robots lack.

As always, the athletes will be among the first, led by a few talented opportunists willing to saw off both legs in order to dominate the once niche sports of para-olympic competitions. As in all things, those blessed with perfection will rise to superiority by exchanging it for something more valuable, while those cursed by fate and true disability dwell in permanent resentment at what the others have thrown away.


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