Lately I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian novels. Given the current state of this country, I figure it can’t hurt to be prepared for the end of the world. Every author has his or her own idea of what is going to take out the bulk of the human race, but it always seems to start off with one common theme: powerful people seeing it coming, and doing nothing to prevent it. (Which seems to be our current stance on Global Warming.)
So when I read the following in the novel I’m currently reading (and highly recommend), it really struck a chord in me:
“It requires a certain kind of bravery, I suppose, to choose the status quo. There’s a certain boldness in inaction.”
-The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
That’s so true. Whenever I see someone burying his or her head in the sand, I always think, “Wow, that must take effort. And it’s going to cause a backache eventually.”
Unfortunately, the people in power who do the majority of the head-burying are not the ones who will suffer the bulk of the pain. Rich people can afford to ride stuff out. They can kick the problem down the road to the next generation, and their lifestyle won’t change very much. They’ll just have to bolt their doors come the zombie apocalypse, in whatever form it chooses to take.
We have got to stop putting people in office who are willing to say, “Not my problem.” They’re supposed to be representing us, after all, and trust me, it will most definitely become our problem. I’ve read enough dystopian novels to know that.