Okay, so I write science fiction. I come up with fantastic yet plausible futures to say something insightful about the human condition. It’s a thing that has made me some money and folks often enjoy my stories. Unfortunately, these days I am frequently exposed to fiction that is designed to frighten people and nobody seems to enjoy it.
These stories might make good science fiction, but instead are designed to spread parinoia…not entertainment. The plan is to first give us health care and then eliminate the dollar to put the US on the “One World Currency.” Next, the government (I suppose they mean the federal government but they seldom name a department) will take away our guns. Once the populous is disarmed, UN forces will invade to round up all dissidents and put us in concentration camps run by FEMA. And in this new dark age, our only hope for freedom will be militia groups who will wage a heroic guerrilla battle against the New World Order.
Seriously, as science fiction goes, this could be a good story (black helicopters and all). Unfortunately, nobody is finding it entertaining or insightful. They are finding it terrifying. And this fear is making them stupid. A recent example of this stupidity just took place in my home state of Oregon–when a bunch of militia nutjobs took over a bird reservation of all things.
The real problem is not the New World Order or any other imagined government boogieman. The problem is we simply can’t seem to have intelligent discussions about how to solve real problems in this fantasy-laden environment. This means as our imaginary problems grow, our real problems continue fester– a perfect lose-lose for everybody.
Let me state this clearily: NOBODY can predict the future. Instead of gorging ourselves at the troth of paranoia, wouldn’t it be better to work together to solve the real problems. Then let the fear mongers die a natural death from lack of attention.