I have a propensity for watching TV shows and films which have a dystopian theme: Revolution, The Black List, Person of Interest, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, Divergent, Ender’s Game. I mainly like to see how the protagonists solve their dilemmas, though in too many cases, the choice is “Blam, Blam”. Revolution got old, and formulaic, so it’ll be consigned to Hulu after one last episode.
Dystopia, the collapse of all we know and either love or hate, the primal turn to either a Lord of the Flies mentality, a Glengarry, Glenross or 1984 mindset, or both, seems to be much on everyone’s mind. Despite my fascination with these shows, however, I don’t see an actual, full-blown dystopia as the long-term wave of the future. Yes, we may very well endure a stretch of trials and tribulations, which won’t lend themselves to a quick return to “Business as Usual”, but I believe there will emerge something far better.
People are bound to notice that there are those who are building a better, more organized and less officious civilization from whatever ashes to which the old systems lead. Some won’t want anything to do with it, but most will, over a period of decades. I have had several iterations of my own life, in which, as Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith wrote “Poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed by poverty…” His meaning is that material possessions come and go, but He is emphatic in saying that we will always have what we need.
With Paul Simon, in “Peace Like a River”, I see a glorious Day.