Nosedive: Reality

My brother took this precious photo just a week ago when he visited my family. This was taken in Portland. We don’t know these people. We don’t even know if these women know each other. Possibly tourists using their phones to get around town? It looks quite coordinated doesn’t it? It’s not. That’s why this photo really captures my attention.

I entitled my post “Nosedive,” an episode of “Black Mirror” which shares the same title, something I’ve seen awhile back but never got around to write about. It is set at a time where everyone goes by number ratings conducted through a tap on one’s smartphone with connectivity to Social Media. I honestly think the concept is not far fetched since it IS our society’s reality even when we don’t care to admit it. The number system in a nutshell is pretty much the same as the “Feedback loop” that Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya talked about– the exploitation of human psyche and people’s need for approval.

As a Christian, another thing I get from the image above is the indication of the nearness of Christ’s return. It is something that is telling of the preconditioning of the masses not to be able to exist without technology and though it falls into much speculation as we speak-it only gets clearer as things unfold, this technology will soon be embedded into the person’s right hand or forehead, one which enables a person to make any transaction (Revelation 13:16-17).

Since mainstream media is saturated with smokescreens, I recently just learned about the near completion of India’s population database Aadhaar. The difference between India’s Aadhaar and the Social Security number is that the Aadhaar once led to scrapping the value of tangible currency in order to usher to a cashless society. Although most people use debit cards in the US (I can honestly say I barely carry cash in my wallet), stores still accept cash.

The current population in India is close to 1.4 billion people, close to 1/6 of the world’s total population. What a perfect opportunity to conduct testing on such great magnitude. China, with a current population comparable to India, has their own Social Credit System also being implemented.

Back to Nosedive, I believe the whole of Social Media and all of the world population’s willing participation to the point of addiction to this machination is the ultimate test. What we now have is clearly the precursor. It is only a matter of time. The question is, how much time do we Christians have left to resist?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17