Shock Level Zero

“The legendary average person is comfortable with modern technology – not so much the frontiers of modern technology, but the technology used in everyday life. Most people, TV anchors, journalists, politicians.”

—Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, “Future Shock Levels

I require of these dead creatures only
their comforts: a leather-skinned easy chair
in which to crawl, its black and silver matching
consumer electronics like Operation game
organs filling slots in the entertainment
body against the wall beneath the barely
stanched flow of lines, squares, and circles
of inscribed consumption. There are no
bridges to cross that the remote won’t reach
to the other side, in doing so bringing that
much distance to me in my comfortable chair. Reality
television matters. Reality matters. There
is no comfort in contemplating the robot fantasies
of the fallen, for I have before me the Book
in which magic is ensouled. With proper reverence
I think not dangerously of place outside
my place. I follow to lead and there calmly
and without impression the artifacts of my immediate hold
are as comfortable as belief in the Greater,
but not shockingly so.

#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 5