I stole this reader comment from this article: http://www.economist.com/blogs/freee...gy-and-freedom
The most Popular Person in the World is Santa Claus.
He gives gifts to all the good boys.
And lumps of coal to the bad boys.
Santa knows when you have been good or bad.
Of course he has an extensive 24/7 surveillance system with millions of ninja spying elves deployed worldwide in children's bedrooms.
As every child knows, Santa always had TOTAL INFORMATION AWARENESS.
The American government gave valuable gifts as well that has made globalization, international travel, international business, the Information Age and the Social Media Twitterverse possible:
-Long Distance Intercontinental Calling
-Global Positioning System
-Commercial Global Passenger Airline System
-Worldwide Commercial Jet Service
-Cloud Storage of Data
-Mobile Phone Technology
-The Smart Phone
And like Santa Claus, it monitors bad boys from a northern fortress of solitude.
It doesn't read your thoughts....Just your Facebook.
It is a reciprocal relationship.
In Love and War and Life: Nothing is for free.
It is the Santa Claus Effect.
All good boys and girls have nothing to fear.
You will continue to get amazing technology toys.
Keep your nose clean.
The greatest Pride of Men, is that they are held responsible for their Success.
The greatest Fear of Men, is that they are held responsible for their Crime.
Yes, we are responsible for our own actions.
Some will fear this. Others will feel vindicated.
Act as if all your actions will be observed, questioned, and judged.
Even if they aren't.
It is called being an 'adult'. Being responsible.
Re Santa Claus:
***Hindus call him Vishnu
*** Catholics know him as an vengeful Archangel Angel
***Muslims may call him the angry Prophet Muhummad
***Agnostics may call him blind Justice with a scale and a sword
***Gamblers call him Lady Luck
***John Lennon called him Instant Karma
This is the basis for universal morality: Do good. Don't do evil.
Any way you call it, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.