Binary rebirth

The fluorescent mirror

A Chinese proverb states, "the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory." A programmer's version-controlled text editor is more powerful than the strongest ink. Life after Cyborganization is like life after exiting childhood - one leaves behind childish things.

In fact, one of the most painful aspects of Textmind adoption is that one sees oneself in the perfect clarity of the digital mirror for the first time. The comforting incandescent glow of fuzzy biological memory snaps to the harsh glare of fluorescent light.

There is a benefit, however: The newfound self-awareness of the adolescent is what causes him to leave childhood. Fortunately, unlike adolescent hormones, the machine does not exaggerate. In times one grows inured to exact self-knowledge.

Expect this to take years.