art by ShotHot Design
by William Arthur
Pay attention. This may be my only chance to communicate with you. Read carefully, and think--really think--about what I'm saying. Please.
You believe you are in front of a primitive computer, reading text on its screen. You believe you are safe at home or at work, and likely in good health. You believe the year is 2011 AD.
You are wrong about all of these things.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings, but better me than some faceless doctor: you are not in front of a computer; you are laid out on a hospital gurney. You are not in good health; you are in a memetic coma and near death. Everything you hear, everything you see, everything your senses tell you is part of a mental construct, a fantasy.
None of it is real.