For those people who believe in a wise, all-knowing god, any insistence upon a right to privacy seems a bit of a contradiction. Surely, they who dwell under the watchful eye of God ought not concern themselves with public shame for private acts or for the coveting of earthly possessions. Let us not forget that it was not the intention of God that we don the fig leaves in “the first place”: this was our own failing.
And now our advanced technologies approach a point–if they haven’t long since passed it–where nothing is outside the knowledge of the state: not our conversations, not our love lives, perhaps not even our very thoughts. Don’t live in denial: this time is surely nigh. For were the state not to develop what the private sector surely will, then it has failed us all.
If we were simply to throw off our “fig leaves” and cavort in public, this would obviously be the self-centered abandonment of an adult responsibility to protect innocent children. But to deny to the state itself–whose primary role in any society is also to protect our children–the right to monitor us–out of a shameful embarrassment or a fear of tyranny–seems equally childish and irresponsible.
How long then do we leave our safety to chance? For the sake of whose privacy and which private acts, or coveted valuables, are the rest of us to be left blind and vulnerable to impending dangers?
Those who would argue that the state ought not be trusted with that level of power and responsibility must not be paying very close attention to recent trends in national security legislation: our individual “rights” to privacy have already many times been sacrificed to considerations for public safety–always have been and always will be.
We ought then shepherd ourselves, guided by our own enlightened morality, into a sort of modern Eden–into the rediscovery of a modest yet confident acceptance of biological needs common to all and of the need to monitor against threats common to all. Thus, acts committed against innocent children would be the more quickly identified and forever eliminated from an otherwise free, if constantly monitored, evolving human society.