What I don't believe is that the next fad to take effect is this whole dystopian view of the future. Sure, things look bleak these days. I can't deny my entries of the past month expressing shock and disdain at the overall insanity that seems to have taken over. The world is a mess everywhere you look. Now we not only have radical terrorist after us, but we're after one another as racial tensions mount - again. It's not hard to understand why the books and movies coming out these days have such a bleak outlook. If things keep going this way, there's no doubt that humanity has the capacity to wipe itself out.
And yet, we haven't. We've had the nuclear technology to do it for decades, but we haven't done it yet. While it's tempting to think that it's going to go any day now, I can't help but notice that something is keeping us in check. Something is keeping that finger off the trigger. Despite tensions, despite threats and warnings and sanctions and all of the other hullabaloo - we're still standing.
I'd like to think there's something within us that sees past the current situation and holds to hope for a better future. I believe that the power to change really is within us, and hope we're approaching a point where we're ready to make that vision a reality. I can't count out the possible interstellar event that could bring about that dismal future that we see in fiction, but I honestly believe that when it comes right down to it, we aren't going to do ourselves in with radicalization, and that we have sense enough to stop this madness before it comes to radical dictatorship to make it happen. We already saw what happened under Hitler and Heaven help, I hope we've learned our lesson.
Maybe I haven't outgrown the idealism of my youth, and reality will prove me wrong. I hope not. All I can say is that I can promise you that my own writing will not take a dystopian view. The future I see for Earth is one where we learn from our current struggles and come to something better, and that's what I choose to write. I pray it's possible in reality as well. This is a hope within me that just won't die - and I'm glad for that.
That's all today. Take care, and have a great week.