YOUR PERMANENT RECORD IS ON FILE. FOREVER.

Last night, watching Star Trek: Next Generation, Geordi La Forge (Levar Burton) disobeyed a direct order given by Captain Stewart, er, I mean, Jean-Luc Picard. Although he survived his misadventure — barely, I might add — Picard told Geordi that regretfully, he was going to have to “put this incident on your permanent record!”

Oh my god! His permanent record. Even in Star Fleet, you cannot escape your permanent record. It’s four hundred years in the future and they still have that record.

Back in our golden olden days, the thing that was held over our heads — the Sword of Damocles — was that our bad behavior would go on our permanent record. From elementary school through our working years, we were warned our permanent record would follow us. Marks against us might even (gasp!) prevent us from getting into college  in which case we knew we might as well die on the spot. If you didn’t go to college, you would never have a decent job or a life worth living. I knew it in the marrow of my bones. Didn’t you?

The Permanent Record is (was) (will be) like a rock. Unchanging. No matter what we do with our lives, everyone can find out about our misdeeds, even those from Kindergarten. Kind of like Wikileaks for every living human being. What an appalling thought!

All anyone anywhere needs to do is check the record. They’ll know I sassed my eleventh grade social studies teacher (he deserved worse) in May 1962. That Garry ran over his allotted time while reporting a news event in Boston and was not even repentant when confronted with his foul deed! Every evil we have done through our life will be revealed.

So, here’s the deal.

Now and forever, every one of us has a permanent record in which all our misbehavior is cataloged. I know because I’ve been told. I’m not sure who has custody of these records, however. As far as I can tell, everyone on the planet has one, so there must be a gigantic storage unit somewhere, where everything is filed. That’s hundreds of million of records to keep on file for eternity. Maybe trillions, zillions or gazillions.

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I expect when we die, if there actually are Pearly Gates and an immortal gatekeeper who decides if we may or may not enter, he or she will be clutching a copy of our permanent record in one angelic hand.

That’s right. You talked back to your teacher in fifth grade, cut biology class in high school. Told a professor the dog ate your final paper in college. Now, you won’t go to Heaven.

Sorry pal. Your permanent record finally caught up with you.

30 thoughts on “YOUR PERMANENT RECORD IS ON FILE. FOREVER.

  1. cagedunn October 15, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Thank god for that – I’d hate all that effort to get no result!

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      • omniclassic October 15, 2017 / 6:11 pm

        With a potential lifespan of over 100years, and reality taking us out at maybe 60, 70, 80 I believe the permanent record will have little significance.., that is, unless copies are being sent to heaven and hell? I’m told that “permanence” is a bit more serious in those venues.

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        • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 6:20 pm

          Given the horrendous shit going on in the big wide world. our little mistakes are totally trivial. I can’t believe we can even compare with the REAL bad guys.

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  2. angloswiss October 15, 2017 / 12:54 am

    You mean they still have my school reports somewhere?

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  3. Fandango October 15, 2017 / 1:19 am

    I think my permanent record got hacked.

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  4. ravenhawks magazine October 15, 2017 / 1:44 am

    I hope my permanent record got hacked! Eaten by a dog, misplaced, or at least misfiled.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      So my question is — have our “permanent records” been transferred to computers yet? Are those of us lucky enough to have it all on paper somehow NOT part of today’s “permanent” records?

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  5. Embeecee October 15, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Uh, in these days of data hackers, stolen information and the general mess we seem to have on our hands vis a vis trying to keep the personal private; I’d say “own” your record. Nobody can sully you with ‘stuff you’d rather not admit to’ if you DO admit to it. My own record is probably six inches thick at this point. There are things in there that are (IMHO) pretty bad, but which pale in comparison to what some other folks get up to. I suspect the ‘storage’ of our record is in the space between our own ears, which is why only the persons at the Gates of Pearly ever get access to it. And in America today it is true that George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother” has become a reality instead of a really creepy story….so maybe our generations are better prepared to meet St. Peter. Because we’ve already gotten used to having our private lives dissected for public consumption. And I’ve said before I’m glad I don’t have to judge others. God (or whomever one thinks is in ‘charge’) does that and what an unhappy task that must be..

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    • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      I figure pretty much everything in my life has been written about or blogged … and the few things that stay locked in their little closets in my brain are nobody’s business. For me, the humor is that they were always threatening us in school with “putting it on our permanent record.” Weirdly, they are still doing that … but WHAT permanent records? Where?

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  6. Willow October 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    According to the last time I checked my birth name online, I’m 41 and live in Arkansas… I think my record got mixed up with someone else’s. ^_^

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  7. swo8 October 15, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    Does anyone really care about us skipping class or sassing the teacher? In fact those are just the people I want to associate with.
    Leslie

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      • swo8 October 15, 2017 / 8:47 pm

        It doesn’t amount to a row of beans now.

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  8. Rebel Girl October 15, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    We give away our privacy everyday and it is never gone. Everyone is just one big cache file. I figure we might as well give them something to talk about! 🙂

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    • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      I always laugh at people who think if they use a fake name, no one can find them. Hah. Anyone can find ANYTHING online if they want to.

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      • Rebel Girl October 15, 2017 / 7:30 pm

        There is no hiding anything on-line. It is very easy to find out everything. Simple searches. The younger generation can get around anything in minutes. It’s childs play.

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        • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 8:30 pm

          I can find almost anything if I really try. You just need to know how to manipulate search engines.

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  9. jcalberta October 15, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Ya, but all your good stuff is in that record too!
    And I’m betting it outweighs the other stuff substantially. ^wink^

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    • Marilyn Armstrong October 15, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      I sure HOPE so! Looking at what so many people are doing today, I feel like my worst is small potatoes compared to what other people apparently feel is “normal”!

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  10. lwbut October 16, 2017 / 12:25 am

    My permanent record got destroyed in a fire in the admin building…

    .. lucky i found that match! 😉

    love

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