society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

Hmmmm, that sounds familiar. 

In a dystopian story, society itself is typically the antagonist; it is society that is actively working against the protagonist’s aims and desires.

Again, very familiar

an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly

Well, our society isn’t imaginary but an amazing amount of people are unhappy. Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the US suffer from depression? How many people are not treated fairly? Should I start listing? Every ethnic group other than white. Women. Anyone who fits into the LGTB umbrella. Non Christians. Children. 

Today’s society is a mess, and if you wouldn’t characterize it as dystopian, it’s pretty close. A large percentage of the US are not working. The government doesn’t classify them as unemployed because they aren’t collecting unemployment. That doesn’t mean they are working. People are discriminated against all the time for things they can’t control. Children are abused, not educated and put into a foster system that ends with them in jail. How is that helping?

Previous generations have left us a mess. What are we going to do to fix it? I would rather not leave such a huge mess for our children to fix. It’s not just one aspect, it’s all of it. Healthcare, education, job prospects, environmental issues, discrimination, oppression. How long before they take away our voices and it becomes illegal to post your blog with an opinion that doesn’t conform to the standard?

We all need to speak up when we see something that isn’t right. We need to pass on news that affects everyone, or we are going to end up in a society where rich people live amazing lives, and laborers, or unskilled workers live in poverty, disease, and squalor. Do we deserve that? Do your part, educate yourself to what is happening, in your community, your town, your country. Speak up when you see something wrong. Get involved in politics. Don’t let extremists take over our country! Keep religion out of government. Educate our children so we aren’t a nation of morons, following blindly. 



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