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."

After his time in World State and the death of his mother, John craves a satisfying life. He recognizes this includes both good and bad experiences. Without misery, we wouldn't appreciate joy; without darkness, light would be meaningless. In Word State, everyone lives in a shallow, sensual, conditioned, carnal, and drug-induced euphoria. They have no real sense of their own self, their individual spirituality, or deep ties to others. In Contrast, John is the noble savage entering this new world. Because of his upbringing on the savage reservation, he "symbolizes the innate goodness of one not exposed to the corrupting nature of civilization." (Encyclopedia Britannica)

He tells the director

he accepts it all...

the world today as a distopia

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A Dystopian Hero in Todays World

While dystiopian themes are pervasive throughout our society, literature gives us heroes as an inspiration to carry on. In Suzanne Collin's novel "The Hunger Games" Katniss is a tough sixteen-year-old girl who provides for and protects her family after her father's death. "Set in a dystopic future defined by the rigid classism of "Panem," citizens of the ruling Capitol live lavish lives of leisure, while citizens of the outlying districts struggle with poverty, abuse, and exploitation in support of the wealthy." (Finke) Today, millions face similar struggles. Katniss takes the role of parent, provider, and protector of her little sister and her absent mother, who in today's society, may have suffered from depression, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, or illness. In Africa, AIDS has wiped out the older generation, leaving the older children to feed and care for the younger ones until they go to prostitution out of desperation to feed those under their care. This, in turn, exposes them to AIDS. This situation is comparable to Katniss putting her own name into the reaping ball in exchange for tesere- grain and oil- for Prim. Or Finnick's forced prostitutionto protect his loved ones. Starving and malnourished people such as those in district 12 or forced laborers like those in district 11 abound in today's society. Governments and the elite withhold supplies and live in luxury while the common people go hungry.

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)

Fashion for Food

Saturday, April 26th, 10am-12pm

This is an online event.

Revolutionary hero Katniss Everdeen will be auctioning Capitol fashions including one-of-a-kind pieces by the legendary Cinna as well as the dreesses she herself wore on the Victory Tour. Hosted by Effie Trinket. All proceeds go to ending word hunger!