Dystopia (noun): an imagined place or state I will everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
Dystopia has so far existed in fictional works- novels, movies and the like- portraying a world degraded in every respect. Food, water, shelter, society, governments- all demolished. Simply put, dystopia is an imaginary world where everything is bad. But fearfully, it mightn’t be imaginary in the coming times.
Countries and governments have long been challenged by issues such as poverty, unemployment, lack of resources, animosity with neighbours, terrorism, extremism, et cetera. It is never what people want. Yet they’re called ‘democracies’. Elected leaders have, in an arguable majority of cases, proven to be completely non-reflective of the people who voted them into office, by nature of their persona, policies and politics.
A prime example of the above is Donald Trump, among many others. America, the land of freedom. Where the Statue of Liberty welcomes those who seek the good life. Whose people and places are warm and open to all people. One must admit that it is suitably erroneous to associate this country with such a man. A man who encourages and actively participates in ham-handed and heavy-fisted dialogue; these characteristics being reflected in the policies enacted by the Trump Administration, and all its cohorts. The Paris Climate Deal- whose sole aim is to safeguard the world from an unsightly end- has been rebuked and more or less dismissed by Trump, he who famously called global warming a hoax. ObamaCare, for all its faults and issues, did indeed provide accessible healthcare to millions in desperate need for it. Only to be completely reversed and abolished. Trump’s ‘replacement’ policy cannot even begin to address the so-called issues, let alone keep Americans healthy. And we have the wall he intends to build to keep people from Mexico out. Honestly, it is keeping people from fleeing to Mexico and not from it. Who would want to go to America now?
Venezuela. Where poverty and diseases are so much, and food and resources so little, that eradicated diseases are returning. People are waiting in queues for basic resources for days, only to return empty handed. Decent folk are left scouring garbage to chew on every morsel left out. Murderers and smugglers abound, often working with law enforcement to kill people and sell drugs. The government, which has illegally taken full control of all rights and laws, has completely destroyed society. Sitting on vast oil reserves, they’re importing fuel, and their full dependence on hydropower is causing problems due to draught. It all sounds absurd. But to the millions of people getting murdered on the streets, it is much too real.
And the funniest part. North Korea is officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Where food is rationed, people are brainwashed/killed, weapons are prioritised, prisoners are tortured, development is curtailed; a blind eye turned to the rest of the world. All by a short, stout man with funny hair who can only be described as a dictator taken to the next level. It is not a democracy. It is a torturous prison.
Leaving aside governments, we have religious extremist groups, chief of which is ISIS. They go out into the world from their hellish recluse and bomb people up, then call it ‘crusading’ carried out ‘by Allah’. Ask any Muslim and they will fly into a hysterical rage. A couple of lunatics read a few verses of the Quran, get together, kill people, establish a ‘Caliphate’ and then call it God’s work. These people rape and torture women, use children as human shields during war and proceed to eviscerate their dead bodies to use the organs. These monsters attack the very foundations of humankind in the name of crusading against modern filth. Which is apparently what Allah wants.
In a world where fidget spinners and memes dominate social life, where newspapers fill up with bomb blast reports, coups, deaths, murders, rapes, et cetera, science, progression and moral development have arguably been left behind. Some people argue that modern times have not seen any noteworthy advances in science, since the start of the 21st century. I argue that modern times have seen a world more interested in Trump tweets and covfefe, than in the wax worms eating plastic.
If this state continues to exist, or heavens forbid, develop, then there will continue to be wars, public crimes, fringe groups, broken societies and broken people.
Dystopia (noun): the future.