I was watching a TV show on Netflix called Colony and it seems like it could be the future of the US.
Why would I say this? Elements of this show are what many US citizens want, and it surprises me.
For one it has a wall surrounding LA. Then as if that isn’t enough, an overwhelming military force to enforce martial law. Mysterious disappearances by the military, along with undefined detention. Just like Guantanamo and other examples that currently happen.
It has food and labor shortages. The disappearance of people who could challenge authority. A reliance on home-grown food due to a lack of available food. Rich people who enjoy luxury while others are oppressed. Health care overburdened by people who can’t afford preventative care. Where bacon and coffee are considered luxuries? A drone doing surveillance.
I have spoken before about how inequality hurts everyone rich and poor alike. I have spoken about the concerns of human rights that are ignored. I have spoken about food deserts and the indifference of rich people to poverty. None of this is new, but this show shows how ugly this is.
What kind of future are we going to have in the US? Is it one in which we have people suffer when it isn’t necessary? Is it one in which we have apathy about human rights and individual expression?
I don’t think the future is either bright or hopeless. I see lots of people who have hope for a future that gives them a chance. I see that in many ways, people are better off now than in the past. I also see that in some ways people are worse off. For example I have written before that the income inequality between blacks and whites is the highest it has ever been.
What kind of future is up to our choices every day. Please consider each choice not only for yourself but for others.