There may be some sense in the government’s decision to increase the cost of using the postal service in readiness for privatisation – it seems to go hand-in-hand with the previous decisions to close all the libraries, dismantle education in schools and price higher-education out of reach of the masses. One can almost see the logic: the sooner the written word becomes alien to the working classes, the sooner they will be deprived of a voice and will drop out of the democratic process altogether, content to merely accept their lot in life without question. There will be no feelings of dissent, the general population will have been denied the opportunity to read the works of H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, John Steinbeck or the many other authors who have analysed the subjugation of the masses, and there will be no discussion or analysis of ideas.
No longer will anyone harbour thoughts of revolution; there will be nothing but endless, inane babbling about such distractions as what celebrities are wearing or who footballers are shagging. Already we are seeing the results of this reduction in awareness, as individuals’ expressions of thought are increasingly reduced to sharing vapid opinions on dancing, karaoke, cooking, decorating, soaps and games – anything that is able to act as a distraction to the populace, drawing them away from political awareness, engagement or involvement.
Perhaps this is what happens to societies. It might explain why we are unable to make contact with alien species: maybe all that static hiss that they pick up at Jodrell Bank is just text messages from other worlds, void of vowels or grammatical structure and thus beyond decoding into coherence. Could it be that the destiny of all life is to descend into idiotic babbling and unquestioning servitude?
Maybe that’s the plan…