Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.Thich Nhat Hanh
The future is the next minute, don’t waste that minute.
For some the future is frightening.
In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war. Society is organized along a new, militarized, hierarchical regime of Bible-inspired social and religious fanaticism and newly-created social classes, in which women are brutally subjugated, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read. Widespread infertility due to warfare-induced environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women — called Handmaids, according to Biblical precedent — who are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized sex with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.
Watching a couple of episodes of this will surely give me nightmares. This is a truly scary vision of the future and it should be a cautionary tale for us all. No doubt do I think there are those who would love to have a society like this. We should all be fearful that our world might end up like this.
Somewhere in the universe some Earth-like planet is having its 1970’s. Disco and polyester is all the rage. They must be having a lot of fun too.
May the future be hopeful, peaceful.
There is no time like the present to be thinking about the future. As Fleetwood Mac once sang “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow”.