When I came home from work that particular Thursday evening, I had an unpleasant surprise waiting for me. Unpleasant may be too strong of a word, but at least it is a word – I’m not sure anything can fully describe the degree of irritation and confusion that I felt when I trudged into my apartment at around 7PM, dumped my shopping bags on the floor and said, “I’m home,” only to have someone reply:...
http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html - Harrison Bergeron, a dystopian short story by Kurt Vonnegut. There’s a similar short film based on it called 2081. It’s about a future where everyone is made equal: beautiful people have to wear masks. Strong people have to wear weights. Intelligent people have to wear earplugs that emit sharp noises every 20 seconds to prevent them from...