A Secret Organisation: Short story on a possible future.
by Jesse S. Somer
Roger Ricketson’s smile was enigmatic. When anyone lookedhis way they could not help being infected by his contagious facial expression.Something was definitely going right in this man’s life, but until now noone could quite put his or her finger on it. But now, as I look through myoffice window at the man packing up his briefcase at the end of the workday,turning off his computer, I can’t help sneaking out my own mini-smile. Iknow his secret. Funny thing is, it wasn’t that hard to discover-it justtook a few simple searches on my super-magic machine. The name computerdoesn’t really give the device enough credibility anymore, it has come along way in the last hundred years, computing is the least of its positiveattributes.
I’m not your average woman in theworkforce. Vice-President of a huge multinational corporation, millionaire,you’d think I’d be fulfilled with my life’s successes, but nomatter how hard I try, something always seems to be missing. I wanted a bit ofwhat Roger’s got and now I know what makes him tick. He wasn’talways like this, hell he used to be quite a grump. Being CEO of a giantpharmaceutical company can be a bit boring, especially when all your competitorsare just mindless drones with only one thing on their mind-making more money.However, over the last couple of years Roger’s persona had graduallychanged, and I was sure it wasn’t from his business life.
So, being a bit of asleuth-cross-hacker I recently tapped into Roger’s personal emailaccount, definitely not an easy task, but then again I’ve always been farfrom average. It still took me 6 months in my spare time. I could be arrestedbut I just needed to know this man’s secret, and whenever someone wouldask him why he was so happy, he would just smile and wink and then walk away.Well, now I know the answer and I can tell you it sure was a shock! Rogerbelongs to a secret organization. The members of this group aren’t to bescoffed at either; world leaders, billionaires, famous intellectuals andacademics fill the boss’s contact list. There are also a lot of namesI’ve never heard of; there are over 10 thousand members! As far as I cantell they only communicate on the Internet, but from their dialogue they allseem tightly connected, and they do get a lot done. This is the mind-blowingpart, what they do!
They call themselvesthe ‘Fixers’. People from every nationality, religion and creed areinvolved, and I can see why Roger smiles so widely. War, starvation, poverty,sickness, and religious and nationalistic separation have plagued our world forgenerations. The ‘Fixers’ have decided that enough’s enough.These people from so-called ‘different’ backgrounds are diminishingthe human-made boundaries of the past. ‘Country’ means little tothese new-world souls whose only ‘country’ is the Internet, and allare allowed to belong. Their goal is to fix the Earth: to create a planet whereall people have an equal opportunity, where the quality of life is high, the environmentis sustainable, and all are informed of the intrinsic‘togetherness’ of all humans. Spirituality is to be recognized as acommon thread instead of focusing on separate cultures’ differentpractices.
Roger is the secretscribe for the group, journaling all that the organization does on a‘blog’ or on-line journal, hoping to save their activities forposterity. Websites are being constructed on separate issues, and experts speakdaily on email and video conferencing facilities. The Internet is a ‘home’for these crusaders to share knowledge, the true wealth in life. I snuck a peakat the ‘Reducing Poverty’ website, the ideas expressed there joltedme out of my ‘comatose’ normality. Famous economists andsociologists were discussing new ways to achieve a balance of wealth for all ofhumanity. Some concepts expressed were: A salary cap on all occupations;so-called ‘second’ and ‘third world’ nations becomepart of ‘one world’ after ‘first world’ countries sharewealth and knowledge to develop less well-off societies; and how to set upbasic industry to sustain populations with constant food energy, and economicgrowth.
Other websites werealso equally optimistic and detailed in their practical approaches to solvingproblems. I especially found the chat room for Environment Sustainability ofinterest. It looks like most people want to integrate nature back into being abasic part of human existence. I’m not the only one who misses sitting inthe forest reading E books on my laptop, while listening to the birds singing.I’ve always dreamt of throwing nuts at the monkeys. Scientists here haveheaps of ideas on how to regenerate the Earth and bring back endangered speciesfrom the brink of extinction to a state of balance.
Well, the revolutionis about to come, the rich are going to share their wealth with the masses, andimportant figures in government are putting the wheels in motion for a trueegalitarian society. Soon they say, the secret will be shared with everyone,and all who wish to partake in bringing change will have the chance to join thecause. I know Dianne Winters will be first in line. I’ve been waiting tosmile for a long, long time; I’m ready to put myself ‘out there’. Like Roger,it’s time for me to CONNECT, to become a ‘Fixer’.
By Jesse S. Somer
Jesse S. Somer is ahuman analyst of the technological world hoping to help people come togetherthrough the futuristic medium of the Internet.
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