Hollywood paints a grim picture of the future in their movies.
Typically, their films portray an apocalyptic society where the majority of people scrap out a meager existence amid violence and overbearing governmental control. The citizens are usually deformed, dirty and crazed. Everyone seems self-serving.
We don’t have to live in a world like that, nor must we lower our imaginations as to what the world can be.
I don’t see a world like that at all.
Rather I see a world where citizens are wealthier than they have ever been, cleaner than they have ever been. Violence has largely been replaced with civil behavior as people have greater control over their lives. Sure, there are rich and poor people, but the disparity is far less than what it is today. The disparity is less because the people chose to place reasonable limits on just how much wealth an average person or corporation could amass. They came to realize that money as a power, when absolute, corrupts absolutely. And corporations no longer were permitted to exist in perpetuity; there was an actual life and death to them. Plus, when corporations committed malfeasance, they could actually be de-chartered, shut down. When this happened, the corporations were no longer permitted to view malfeasance as an operating cost.
Citizens are the only people permitted to visit a congressman, their congressman, and their congressman only. Gone are the days of the professional lobbyist who crowds out the individual citizen, hogging up the congressman’s time, portending to represent vast groups whose citizens have no clue what the lobbyist is angling for.
In this world, the Senators are answerable to their states as the 17th Amendment has been repealed. Gone are the days when Senators act as viceroys from Washington, DC.
As the federal government has grown smaller, the state governments, closer to the people, have grown larger. These state governments have issued in a new diversity in America. Regional diversity has grown as states and their peoples are now free to experiment and become a laboratory of new ideas. People have voted with their feet by gravitating towards those states that provide a better way of doing things.
Trust has reemerged in the country as people have rejected the federal government’s 800 numbers that existed for neighbors to turn each other in. Citizens decided to outlaw whistleblower compensation fees as they came to realize that trust was the coin of the realm and that if the federal government was that easy to rip off, maybe the solution was to decrease the role of the federal government.
As the federal government has grown smaller, so has its crony corporations and its endless war machine. Americans are no longer all over the globe fighting wars to keep national and international corporations in the green. Americans have realized that they do not exist for corporations; corporations exist for them. As a result of this, larger corporations have come back home and hired Americans to manufacture American goods.
The maxim that America is its own champion and no one else’s rules the day.
People are happy.
The people who aren’t happy are the thieves on Wall Street who are on the run. No longer able to fleece hard-working Americans out of their monies, no longer able to afford private jets and vacation homes on the Hamptons and the Vineyard, these Wharton School parasites have actually had to find a real job where they make something. The merger-mongers are gone too, relegated to the waste heap of history because, if you’re too big to fail, you’re too big to succeed. Bye bye.
So, life is good. People are lied to less by the media because the media has been broken up; people came to realize that a monolithic media only serves the desires of a monolithic federal government. Because truth is greater, better decisions can be made. Rather than spending its monies on poorly fought wars foreign and domestic, wars are prevented in the first place via civil behavior.
Oh, and one more thing. People now rely on their gut instincts to make decisions. They came to realize that statisticians are really mathematicians, number manipulators, glib linguists, con men who get their degrees in the arts, not the sciences. Finally, finally, people realized that they, the people, are not numbers to be totaled up and erased but actual human beings that bleed and cry.