This week’s topic is the future of society. This topic came to me whilst reading Ally Condie’s Matched. The story is set in the future where society dictates the life of Cassia – where she lives and works and who she falls in love with but when she is Matched with her best friend, she catches a glimpse of another boy she knows and wonders where her heart really belongs. I really enjoyed this book but what I liked most was the clear picture of the future world and it got me thinking about what the world will really look like one day. We have so much fiction out there – dystopian or utopian but which one will prove to be correct?
My thoughts like I’m sure all of ours goes out to Japan and the natural disasters they are dealing with out there. The sheer loss of life and destruction is heartbreaking. And it does make you think about the future – if our world does continue to be affected by nature in such a way, how will we survive it?
I don’t want this post to become too depressing. I think there will be great achievements in the future – technology is sure to continue to expand into areas we can’t even imagine – although I’m not sure if we will ever have flying cars we saw in Back to the future or air-trains they have in Matched. Electric cars seem to be the next stage there.
But the most intriguing part is exactly what Matched deals with – how we humans interact n the future? People don’t go into each other’s houses, things are kept private and society tells you who to marry and how many children to have, no-one has knowledge of all skills, you are put in a specialist area and you stay there. Even now in so many areas the idea of community fails so often, people in cities in particular keep to their own lives and that makes me worry about the future but then I see acts of great community spirit when things go wrong, people reach out to each other and gives hope that will continue on.
I don’t believe we will ever reach perfection in society – there will always be people better or worse of than others and if we deal with one thing e.g. illness, another will take its place but what I hope is that we keep our basic human kindness and bravery and when the chips our down, we reach out to each other.
Japan has shown us that still happens in our time, let’s hope it still happens years from now. We just recieved our 2011 census forms here in the UK, someone may read about my life 100 or 1,000 years from now and I hope their society doesn’t lose communities, people who will reach out to other’s when in need. surely, that’s really what we want for the future (and world peace of course!)
What do you think society will look like in the future?