For those who come looking for a short, thoughtful read, a blogging life discussion, or a way to gradually ease back into the week. I offer this bloggy life question. . . .
In the spirit of the biosphere projects, a team of reseachers has asked you to join a world-wide program. Each year close to 200,000 people are tested to see whether they are healthy, fit, and stable to withstand a one-year test of an emergency life plan.
The program, which is funded by several nations, is a method of supporting the human species in times of severe threat of attack. A high-security computer system connecting 150,000 locations worldwide via a cloaked and encrypted section of the Internet is being constantly being monitored. The participants who pass the testing are asked to sign up to take a turn at one of the 150,000 remote sites.
The terms of the program are simple. You are asked to live away from civilization for a period of 1-3 years. You may bring one other person with you, provided he or she can pass the testing also. Food is grown in the facillities where you will be living and meals are prepared by the only other human living where you will be. Your bills and financial obligations at your current home will be convered while you are gone. A monthy stipend in your name will be deposited into an account in your name.
You will be allowed to take on an assumed name and profile on the Internet under a cloaked IP. You will not be allowed to reveal who you are to anyone you know or to contact anyone directly during the time you are on the project. People can know you have enlisted in government work — that is the limit to your ability to explain your absence.
When you ask about the terms of confidentiality upon leaving at the end of your proposed stay, the answers your receive are vague and confusing. They seem to say, “We’ll talk about that when the time comes.”
How do you respond?
–ME “Liz” Strauss