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The Future Of Man: Bright Or Bleak?

1900 words - 8 pages

For almost all of recorded history, man has been fascinated with his future and all of both the wonders and horrors it might hold. From the Aztecs, who created a calendar that dated all the way to a couple of years prior to today, to the famed Nostradamus who was allegedly clairvoyant and whose prophecies have been interpreted to fit modern happenings, to modern-day apocalypse writers, man is held captivated by that which he cannot know for certain: the future. Many literary artists have published works on their idea of the future of both the human race and our planet, with very few of them having much of a positive outlook. It is generally agreed upon that some form of disaster, be it man-made or natural, will occur and the current way of life will be altered dramatically. Populations will be decimated; individuals will begin to resort to anything they have to do to survive. Emotions will be shut off or altogether ignored and people will be overall desensitized, which tells much about their psychological state of being. Emotion is necessary for someone to retain a stereotypically “right” state of mind. According to articles in several issues of Time magazine, governmental trends show that the dystopian governments in works such as Anthem by Ayn Rand are indeed a possibility, and societal trends show that the people would not hesitate to resort to horrible inhuman things to survive. “Black Friday” is a country-wide yearly sale that happens right after Thanksgiving, and during that event people trample each other over the deals they will get, and if someone is trying to get the item that someone else wants, there is no telling what the other person will do to get that item. That is during a time of overabundance! Imagine how those same people will act during a time when everything is in scarcity. The works of dystopian authors may not depict a future that is too far from the truth.
Every author has a distinct view of the dystopia that will come from whatever disaster occurs, and varied ideas as to what that will be and how humans will be affected. Some believe that humans will be wiped out completely, and others believe that they will survive but regress, and some believe that humans will become little more than animals fighting for survival. The poem “Gray” by Jane Yolen and “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale make it sound as though humans will be eradicated by each other. Teasdale’s poem says “And not one will know of the war, not one/ Will care at last when it is done/ Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree/ If mankind perished utterly;” what she is saying is that man will wipe himself off of the face of the Earth. War, a man-made disaster, will destroy the human race. Once he has done that, nature will go back to the way it was before mankind took over and started to adapt the world to his needs. Jane Yolen gave the same impression with her poem. “gray wall pocked with bullet holes;/ gray splotches of old, dried blood.” She...

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