Originally posted by Penguin
One prophesy in particular comes to mind. The mark of the beast is a prophesy that the state will "mark" people or they will be unable to buy or sell.
Any particular state? If Lichtenstein does this will that be enough? Or does it have to be the whole world? I don't think many states would try to enforce this. Much less draconian to use a biometric that we already have, like an iris scan.
Right now no. However, if you look at the economic landscape you will see economic disaster at some point. It could happen at the twinkling of an eye at any time.
With out of control spending in the West it is only a matter of time before the house of cards comes tumbling down, and when it does, the same people who carefully manufactured the crisis will be there to "pick up the pieces". My guess is that an international organization like the IMF will be instrumental in "fixing" the world's economies. It will be a step towards a one world order where economics becomes the link between nations as nations of the world gradually surrender their sovereignty in the name of economic livelihood.
And think of all the "benefits" such a system would have.
1. No more cheating on taxes. If every financial transaction is by computer it can all be traced rather easily.
2. No more missing persons. With a GPS attached no more running from the law and no more trying to locate missing persons for whatever reason. After all, why would anyone wish to be able to run from the law unless they have something to hide? A few more terrorist attacks and people will be lining up to have this implanted for their safety and the safety of society.
3. Health care will demand a chip implanted at some point. The trillions that can be saved is plain to see. No more having to take a history when entering a hospital and those unable to give a history will simply have their chip scanned and they will know everything about them. Not only money will be saved, lives will be saved. Again, people will be lining up in droves for the mark for this reason alone.
And all who will be left are religious fanatics like myself who refuse to take the mark based upon some ancient obscure prophesy. People like me will be marginalized and demonized as an enemy of society because I reject the method for keeping people safe and secure and economically viable.