Micah Russell​​​​​
February 2015

While the present (2015) fascination in the popular media with post-apocalyptic and dystopian narrative leads to entertaining lit-erature and movies, it hides the horrifying realization that we know our present course is destructive. We know our future is abysmal unless something dramatic-ally changes. Though I argue that this preoccupation with a destructive future is collectively disavowed, there are many things we can do to dissuade our fears.

Birth rates are dropping in almost every corner of our earth and they are saying that it is because we are pessimistic of the future for our children. The environment is slowly but surely reversing on our watch and it threatens to alter the face of the Earth. People are murdered no longer by other people but by powers which we protest, regardless of guilt or innocence. Religion is the scapegoat for all our problems as we increasingly become agnostic of any codes of morality. We have reached a point as a global society where our fears and our actions are one and the same; we dream of and spend billions of dollars on a return to basics, the destruction of all the powers and even our ability to make decisions.

There have been times in both Western and Eastern history in which people could trust their neighbors to act morally because of the structure that was built. We live in one of the few times where such a structure does not have to be exclusionary. The Internet can help us repair our future by changing our present. Though we can't persuade everyone to follow a code of morality, we can hold ourselves res-ponsible enough that at least we are optimistic of our future. Let's trust mankind once again to try its hardest to make life sweeter and inspiring, and maybe it will miss the moon but at least it got us out of our seats.