Living in Dystopia
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin."
He tells the director
he accepts it all...
the world today as a distopia
Many people in our society are hooked on highly addictive drugs that they turn to for escape, just like Leninia and Linda.
Science over Morals
In the name of scientific discovery, researchers have developed technology able to clone humans, develop robots, and destroy the planet.
In the search for happiness, many in our society turn to entertainment or the sex trade to distract them from their empty lives.
Science over Morals
A Dystopian Hero in Todays World
Sending children to kill or be killed The Hunger Games is comparable to the child soldiers in Sudan. Their only hope is survival. Revolutions against much stronger governments are occurring all over the world. It is not uncommon to place a new leader in charge (Coin), only to realize that they are just as corrupt as the previous one (Snow). And in all this, what does the media portray? Anything to tell a story to our entertainment-crazed society. When the Hunger Games movie hit theaters, all magazines could talk about was the love triangle- would Katniss choose Gale or Peeta?- not Katniss' fight for her life.
We like to imagine that the events of the Hunger Games could never happen today; that we are not as damaged a society. Unfortunately, current events say otherwise. In truth, Katniss would face the same challenges while living in war-torn Africa. It does not take much imagination to picture what she would do, because she has already done it. Katniss Everdeen would become a figurehead for revolution, aiming to end world hunger, the implementation of child soldiers, and government abuse .
In a time of turmoil, Katniss is an example of inner strength and survival to all; our Mockingjay.
Henri Ladyi: A modern day dystopian hero
One modern day dystopian hero is "the man they call ‘Africa’s Schindler’ – Henri Ladyi of the Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC).
Henri is 36 years old. For ten years he has led CRC, a charity in Congo that rescues child soldiers, disarms rebels and rebuilds village communities. In 2011 Henri rescued 650 child soldiers from a life of violence. (He) achieves this with funding from Peace Direct, a charity that supports local peacebuilders like him worldwide.
Henri is the co-ordinator of local peacebuilding organisation Centre Résolution Conflits (CRC) based in the Eastern Congo, a region which has been most vulnerable to conflict. The CRC works to:
- Rescue child soldiers and find a place for ex-militia members within communities and work with them to reintegrate into society, finding them work and supportive networks so that they will be able to leave violence behind them. The CRC understands that, although many boys and men who have been drawn into militia groups want to stop fighting, they often cannot see any other way.
- Provide assistance to communities to manage the return of people forced to leave their communities during the conflict.
- Help communities to reject violence in the long-term by supporting communities to help themselves through conflict prevention committees.
In November 2012, the Eastern DR Congo erupted in violence after the key city of Goma was seized by the rebel M23 movement. Despite the turbulent situation, and even as international organisations evacuate staff, Henri and the CRC continue their vital peacebuilding work." (Peace Direct)