Yes, this is technically my own book – but I only wrote one of the 20 essays, so I am really more of a reader than a writer here too.
Agency is a tricky thing. The less we use it, the more we lose it.
The more we give up and outsource our responsibilities, the less influence we have over our own futures – and the future at large.
Self fulfilling prophecies abound – if you (and everyone else) do not believe there is any point to raging against the machine, that your spanner is too small a spanner to throw a wrench in the machine’s plans and than machine rampage is inevitable, the machine will keep right on raging (apparently proving your point about the inevitability of it all – sort of).
This is a depressing thought.
So pick up those spanners and start something – a single loose screw can change the course of history.
(The Future Starts Now – with or without you.)
“Allowing for the book, after all, being a parody, something like 1984 could actually happen. This is the direction the world is going in at the present time. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. The sex instinct will be eradicated. We shall abolish the orgasm. There will be no loyalty except loyalty to the Party. But always there will be the intoxication of power. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who’s helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever. The moral to be drawn from this dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one: don’t let it happen. It depends on you.” ~ Orwell