Dystopia: an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
Aristotle claimed, “Art imitates Life.” Oscar Wilde argued, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” If life imitates art we are on a rapid trajectory towards “America the Dystopia?”
Here are some facts: Between 1980 and 2016, over one hundred-fifty feature films, twenty-four or more TV Shows, and a shoppers index of more than one hundred-fifty video games, take place in dystopian societies. The settings of these games, movies, and books are in a world that has been destroyed or is being destroyed. Between 1990 and 2016, more dystopian novels were written than in the entire history of literature. This genre of books, video games, and films is now reflected in our clothing, design tastes, and language.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, we liken a dystopian fetus, growing larger each month. Media publications, from The Atlantic to Time Magazine have used the word dystopia in their headlines throughout the year. We are surrounded by our new creation. This season’s dresses at Uniqlo, a Japanese apparel retailer located worldwide, appear to be inspired by TV’s rendition ofA Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood.
It’s a documented fact that our cities’ infrastructures are breaking down. Bridges and roads are in dire need of repair. Educational funding for the Arts, Culture, and Media is being cut. Environmental laws protecting our rivers, lakes, and oceans are being dismantled. We see grids in the sky that prior to 1990 never existed.
When we look at the settings for any dystopian movie or novel, we see environmental destruction; large cities filled with filth and deteriorating buildings, homeless people living on the streets or along the roads. If you currently visit any major US city like New York, Chicago, Detroit or Los Angeles, you may literally stumble over people living in cardboard cartons on the street. Take a drive along Interstate 90 in beautiful Washington State. Here, homeless families have established large campsites on the mountain side.
In a dystopian novel, we typically encounter a society ruled by a single tyrant or tyrannical political organization, whom the people have allowed into power. They’ve slept through the process, shrugging off political involvement with attitudes of victimization or thoughts like: “what could we have done?” By the time the “sleepers” have awakened and organized, Martial Law, where military government overrides our laws, is in effect.
Do our lives tether on the verge of paralleling this Art? Our subconscious is a sponge absorbing and incorporating what it sees and hears, all the while creating the next reality. Have we been setting the scene for our real life dystopian society since the 1990’s?
In the dystopian plot, the protagonist saves society. The protagonist steps up, kills the villain, saves the day, and begins a new society where peace and love form its foundation. Our protagonist wins through Love. It’s the protagonist’s love for humanity, righteousness, justice, and the planet that supersedes and conquers all.
Will we need to enact the entire setting, plot, climax, and resolution to reach Utopia, the imagined place where everything is perfect?
Many of us are actively and consciously working on changing the paradigm of our existing model of the world and replacing the old model with love, appreciation, and respect for everything on the planet and in our universe. These are the environmental activists, the change seekers, the mindful, the spiritual, the new educational leaders and visionaries.
Collectively we can create the new model. We must work quickly now through educating, creating, and incorporating a new and desirable model for the world through awareness and language. By replacing mindless consumerism with conscious awareness, we move from the throw away, plastic dependent society to becoming trailblazers for a modern day Utopia.
Richard Buckminster Fuller, American inventor, futurist, architect, and thought leader once said:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Our model begins with our thoughts and language. We know language is a powerful creative force that brings ideas and things into worldly existence.
Awareness of our thoughts, words, and deeds, creating mindful lives, and reprogramming our old paradigms and consciousness to create a new and utopian future is now up to us. When we begin to speak consciously and mindfully, we will teach our children to be present, mindful, and conscious of thoughts, words, and deeds. They will grow up with a new paradigm for education and vision for a society where love, honor, respect for all on the planet and in the universe exists.
This is heaven on earth and through our conscious awareness of beginning this process, through intention, thought, and language, it is possible. Our new paradigm, will be the new model that made the dystopian one obsolete.