Despite my pen name I am optimistic about the future and believe that people will find ways to live and thrive whatever happens. The vast majority of people aspire to a peaceful life and there is, innate in the human, a concept of justice, of fairness. This general outlook informs my view about any post-apocalyptic world that might emerge.
The sort of future life portrayed in many post-apocalyptic books and films, for example Blade Runner or Mad Max are either de-humanising and oppressive, or utterly lawless. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Blade Runner and it asks many fascinating questions about what it means to be human. My objections are these:
- Would people actively choose to live in a world like that?
- Large scale oppression and coercion is a lot easier in a populous, urban state with a high level of technology to enable the use of surveillance and provide the manpower to enforce it.
- The majority seek a level of order and peace that curbs the maniac.
- The basic requirements of these dystopian worlds could not be met.
The fact that North Korea exists and that I am writing to an empty screen are maybe the only answers I need! Maybe my optimism is misplaced but in the next few posts I shall give some of the reasons why I think that this is not likely to be the world that stumbles out of the wreckage.