I tossed and turned last night, worrying my dreams over how I am going to feed my family. The cost of living, fuel, food, inflation and health care are all rising. Income levels however are not. Less than a hundred years ago an ounce of gold was valued at 23 dollars an ounce, today gold is valued at more than 1400.
That should indicate how valuable gold is. What it actually indicates is how little gold there is backing up paper money.Imagine splitting that tiny chunck of gold into 1400 pieces instead of 23.
I may need to toss one of my kids into The Hunger Games to feed the rest.
Its amazing the value our literature can have if we look at the world through our stories. Works like "The Hunger Games. " George Orwell's "1984". Orson Scott Card's "Enders Game" shows us a glimpse of a deteriorating society which can only be saved by the children.
We live right now in a country where individuals are rewarded with free healthcare, childcare, food, and housing for being under-productive and/or under-employed. A significant portion of Americans drift below the poverty line because the perks will be lost if they work more.
As a blind writer, I am disabled. I am also working to make more money than I'm allowed. My goal is to cross the poverty line and lose my benefits, because I'd rather earn my self respect than have the federal government tell me what I'm worth.
Many of the social situations portrayed in "dystopian" novels like "The Hunger Games" occur in our society today. We are too focused on getting what we want right now. We aren't looking to a future society where our kids may have to kill for food.
I reviewed the novels of Ryan Hunter this past year. authorryanhunter.blogspot.com
I was impressed with her work and told her The One Federation Series was one of the best "dystopian" series I'd read.
Hunter was adamant. The books are not dystopian. They are current events.
The premise in her books appears very futuristic at first glance, but the details are not.
They include: A media system that broadcasts misinformation. Computer chips voluntarily implanted to keep track of personal, health, and financial information. The governments hand in commerce, travel, education, and health care.
So...The Hunger Games may be further in the future, but think about it.
Do we invest time, energy, and money into forms of entertainment that allow us to cheer for, idolize, and laugh at the violence and harsh treatment of each other?
My dystopian novel includes a government that is taxing me for NOT purchasing their product. My imagined society believes that although funding for the poor is provided by the working middle class, being dependant on the government for everything is freedom. The 'future' in my novel is based on a rich, and powerful but bankrupt government who encourages people to remain empoverished because the perks are better than the work it would take to get out.
What year shall I create my world in? Perhaps 2014?