Can you guess where?
The information age brings with it the vain attempt of order, through biometric verification, as seen in Chapter 32, The Milwaukee Connection. Fingerprints are an old police favorite with retina scanners making their way into major airports around the world. Fear drives security as we kid ourselves we are in control. We believe, we know friends, family, & our neighbours, when, truth be told, we don’t even understand ourselves. Voice waves, vocabulary, accent, hand & ear geometry, anthropometry, multiple facial feature points, gait analysis, or even the complexities of our DNA, fail to tell the whole story of who we are; what we casually call our identity. Yes, gait analysis is used by spies & even police and is quite effective in uncovering those in disguise. And ear geometry has been successful in nabbing a few exceptionally underhanded war criminals. But real identity cannot be measured through the science of biometrics alone. Can the consciousness of an individual truly be calculated through scientific means? Does biometrics account for each & every variable of change affecting the nebulous inner workings of the individual mind & soul? In Secret Monitor Men, we start with the simple side of Skye and her father, Frank. But some people are more than meets the eye and complexities of personality are compounded with the physical and mental stressors induced by trauma, change, & adversity. People evolve into what they need to be, with the undercurrent of dreams & desire, shaping our inner selves in ways we cannot understand. Identity is complicated enough under normal conditions. Add the unknown frontier of strange, new dimensions & the unnatural effects of time travel, and no one knows how it might alter any given psyche. People, like cities, are always changing. How then can we take an accurate photograph of identity? Therefore, a mysterious element will always be present in not only our persona, but our true self. And with some of the interesting characters of Secret Monitor Men, pushed by extraordinary circumstances, no one can predict the outcome reflected in their behavior. The readers’ wonder of who is that guy, or why did she do that, will always be part of the essential enigma of storytelling. We can never fully capture the essence of a character because they are constantly changing.
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.“ Francis Bacon
Can you guess where?