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"OH WATERS, TEEM WITH MEDICINE TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE FROM HARM, SO THAT I MAY LONG SEE THE SUN." - Rig Veda
When my brother and I were little, we played a game in which he would pretend to be his twin brother Fred who, for some inexplicable reason, was given up at birth. Despite the fact that he was supposedly around age 7 or 8, Fred lived alone in Portland, Oregon. He even had a washing machine, which he used to teleport himself to the hamper in our bathroom.
I knew Fred was arriving when my brother would start making a ruckus in the bathroom, throwing toothbrushes and clattering around the shampoo bottles. I would put down my book an wait with happy anticipation for Fred to open the bathroom door that led to my room and say, "Hey Julia, what's up? Sorry it's been so long, I've been really busy."
Based on the short story Harrison Bergeron by celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut, 2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is finally equal... The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes everything.