Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Science Fiction and Dystopia-Part One

So if science fiction is a kind of fantasy about the future; and if stories of utopia/dystopia, being about the future, belong in the realm of science fiction; and if every utopia/dystopia is about a perfectly ordered society of dehumanized people and is thus totalitarian in nature; finally, if the future belongs exclusively to people who call themselves progressives, in other words, to people who seek to create a perfectly ordered society, i.e., a dystopian society ruled over by a totalitarian leader, then science fiction may very well have within it a tendency towards totalitarianism or dystopia. And if science fiction is the extension of science into the realm of literature, then science itself may also have totalitarian or dystopian tendencies. Here is a bit of evidence:


You might think that this person, with his/her futuristic coiffure; pointy eyebrows; lifeless, android stare; high, stiff collar; and blue-sheen outfit is a character from a science fiction movie. In actuality, she is Christiana Figueres, a real-life global warming guru on the staff of the United Nations. To introduce one of her talks, she invoked Ixchel, goddess of reason. (Reason--the same master served by the numbers in We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.) Here is what she has planned for us:
This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.
Translation: We--as in Zamyatin's We--will be required to conform to her utopian vision of the world, all so we can be saved from a gas that is: a) naturally occurring, b) generated by nearly all living things--including Christiana Figueres, if she is not in fact a robot--and c) essential for life on Earth. Here is her less evil twin:


Doctor Zachary Smith, played by Jonathan Harris on Lost in Space. (Thanks to a commenter on the Internet for pointing out the resemblance.)

Here is one of her co-religionists:


Doctor Rajendra K. Pachauri, until earlier this year chair of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His resignation from that august body came about after accusations that he had sexually harassed a twenty-nine-year-old co-worker. (Doctor Pachauri is seventy-four. Imagine for yourself the meaning of his hand gesture in the image above.) Doctor Pachauri claims to be a scientist, but a statement in his letter of resignation is illuminating:
I will continue to [work on climate change] assiduously throughout my life in what ever capacity I work. For me the protection of planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than my mission, it is my religion. (1)
I would use the word cult rather than religion, but you get the picture.

In 2007, IPCC shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, the high priest of Doctor Pauchari's religion, for their work. Mr. Gore was also of course vice-president under another alleged sex offender, Bill Clinton. Following are two images. One is of President Clinton's wife. The other is of Doctor Evil from the Austin Powers movies. See if you can tell which is which:



Like Christiana Figueres, Hillary Clinton (the one on top) has plans for us:
Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will, and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.
We will bend to her will whether we like it or not.

To be continued . . . 

Notes
(1) Click here for the source of the quote, "IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri Resigns" by Damian Carrington on the website of The Guardian, Feb. 24, 2015.

Copyright 2015 Terence E. Hanley

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