Enough with the Dystopia, idiots


Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2Amazing how everything seems to be about dystopia. When people believed there was going to be a future, “compulsory ugliness” wasn’t particularly popular. Now it seems to be the only working vision of the future.

Dystopia is arguably the most anti-motivational of all themes. It is also anti-survival, anti-happiness, and anti-human. Dystopia is basically a form of stupidity, turned in to media product. It’s useless.

In many cases, it’s basically an obscenity in the true sense of the word.

Who needs dystopia? Do you want to wake up tomorrow morning surrounded by total failure? Exactly how interested in a landscape full of disasters can you be?

Dystopia fundamentals

Worse, dystopia has become a cliché. It’s exactly the sort of thing that you feel you don’t have to take seriously simply because it is a cliché. So when dystopia happens, you’re just as likely to think it’s some sort of movie set as anything else.

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I write about the future myself in this series. The environment is eternity, the characters are immortals. No need for dystopia or dystopian claptrap.

Dystopia is also related to dysfunction. They are inseparable, and dysfunction, surprisingly enough, causes dystopia. Dysfunction simply means that things don’t work properly, like “dysfunctional families”, dysfunctional societies and other supposedly hilarious things. Well chuckle, chuckle.

Imagine providing people with all the information they need to screw up everything. That’s what this dystopian crap is actually doing. No thinking required; all you have to do is follow the Easy Bake recipe for whatever catastrophe you’d like to happen. What could possibly go wrong?

Being anti-future is basically a form of regression. This means obstructing constructive ideas, propaganda against any kind of progressive thought, and as we have discovered recently, ignoring experts and anybody else who has the slightest idea what they’re talking about.

Brilliant, isn’t it? In the days when people believed there was a future, despite a real threat of nuclear war, that future was going to be terrific. Now, the future is going to be a collection of bean counting exercises, criminals, endlessly more ridiculous politicians and their psychoses, and that’s about it.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward. Dysfunction produces dysfunction. A dysfunctional society produces incompetent people, hideous situations that never need to happen, and incredibly verbose justifications for total human failure. What else could it produce?

Abolishing dystopia

Levels of expectation for the future have become so low, and stress levels so high, that thinking about the future isn’t really an option. This means nobody takes the long view on any subject, forward planning never looks more than a couple of years ahead, and life modelling is practically impossible.

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The 21st century Stone Age can be creatively counteracted. Creating solutions, creating better options, you name it; this is the way out of the sewer. Interestingly most sociopaths fear creativity, because it adds unknown elements to their environment.

What an achievement. You overpaid gerbils must be very proud. To go from unrestrained progress and genuine improvement in quality of life to this load of substandard garbage in just a couple of generations. What do you get, a medal? A dog biscuit? Peer approval in some useless meeting somewhere? Easily pleased, aren’t you?

Dystopia, like one of its hideous and equally necrotic relatives, conformity, is death. Even the dystopian idea is acceptance of failure. Abolishing dystopia would be easy enough. To have a decent future, you don’t have to have a sugar sweet theme, or some sort of fizzy rhetoric. All you need is a brain. See if you can find one somewhere, and do that instead.


Read a few of my books and claim that they’re interesting. Nobody will believe you, they’ll think you’re a nut, and you can frolic to your heart’s content.



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