I was watching the Edward Snowden interview, and I am not sure what to think. But I do remember what I wrote toward the end of the novel, Fishing for Light. I wrote the novel as a satire to simply create a thought provoking read. But the only part that I was quite serious about was the below excerpt from Fishing for Light. It is chilling to me that our government can easily control and inspect our lives in a country that purports to be ‘free’. I have no answer to this conundrum, but it causes me to wonder about the mobile phone I have setting on the counter next to me as I write this and edit this blog post.
Fishing for Light – Page 495:
“Evil organizations that can easily steal our identity, they can even own your body, and you don’t even know it,” Professor Quan said. He squarely faced Eddie. “They make our food, filter the air we breathe, process the water we drink. They can alter mankind, and only they would know, rather Orwellian, a vast proletariat of bunny rabbits waiting to be feasted upon.”
“Mister, I think you are out of your mind,” Eddie said.
Professor Quan gripped the cane. He puckered his lips.
“I don’t think so, listen, those thieves I mention, are not just obvious criminals. But governments that peer needlessly into innocent homes, like a nosy next-door neighbor,” Professor Quan said. He huffed. He gulped. “They tell you how to raise your children. How to think, tell us God is dead. Soon, perhaps you will be ostracized because of your DNA sample.” Professor Quan stared down at Edward’s brown shoes. “But freedom, love, trumps evil, that’s why evil hides like a snake in the grass.”