Dystopia: Depends on Who’s Idea of Dystopia?
I just read a journal article from the Michigan Law Review by American politician Bob Barr who wrote about Huxley’s Brave New World, and offered an intriguing point of view. What qualifies as a frightening dystopian future for most of us, is not frightening for all of us. There are those among us, government bureaucrats for instance, who might thrive within and enjoy such a system as the London of Huxley’s vision. One of the common attributes of the citizens of the world in 2540 A.D.–or A.F. 632 (A.F.= After Ford)–is that they all work steadily to produce extremely average results on a happily consistent basis. Mediocrity is the status quo in a society that champions unchanging stability–as is the case in Huxley’s future. Therefore, while people “cursed” with creative or curious minds could not tolerate such a place as Huxley’s world, others who value sameness and balancing the books within social “control” would do just fine. What is dystopian for one is not dystopian for another.