A small dose of dystopian situational awareness

Dip the tip of your finger into a small dose of dystopian situational awareness.

Looking Backward at Stay Safe.

I don’t even want to post a teasing excerpt.  Just read it.  717 words.  About 2 and a half minutes.

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    The jokes on the Science and the Clean! The Freedom Lands would thrive and quickly forget about the Quarantine zone. Freedom triumphs and The Q zone would shrivel up and wither away; like all tyrannical societies.

  2. ChrisP says:

    A good story. Short, to the point and could have been written by Belgian EU officials as a position paper……….

    It struck one this morning on this Feast of the Assumption, that the current restriction of life was portended by the way VII was implemented to suppress the Usus antiquior . First they restricted the liturgy and now the same people +acolytes 50yrs later support the secular restrictions on life PLUS the Mass.

    I’ll take being unclean in the boondocks with the Mass that portals straight to Heaven and history any day thanks.

  3. Bob says:

    We’ve been gaslighted about many things for decades and the latest one is Covid. We’ve been gaslighted into homosexuality and the sexual revolution that we all have a right to express our sexual needs without hindrance. That homosexuality is good and normal. Climate change and how we are completely to blame and now Covid. It’s all about introducing a new normal in our world. A normal designed by elite atheists in order to control society for what ever agenda they have.

    Think of it this way. When gas prices go from $2.00 per gallon to $4 per gallon and a year or two later it goes down a whole dollar to $3 per gallon notice how elated people are and are willing to put up with the new price as normal? Hence our current situation.

  4. Toan says:

    Hmmm…thanks, that post was great reading. I wonder if it is the beginning of a longer series. If so, I’m interested.

  5. Simon_GNR says:

    Brilliant! Worthy of George Orwell. I’d like to read more of this writer’s work. Thanks for posting the link, Fr. Z.

  6. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Thanks for this link – well worth reading: what a lot in a few words! – and inviting to compare with other dystopian fiction.

    The title plays with Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward: 2000–1887 (1888), which I haven’t read. But the inside/outside theme seems a classic dystopian feature – Zamyatin’s We, Huxley’s Brave New World, the Proles areas in 1984, Burgess’s The Wanting Seed, and it looks like, the Stugatsky brothers’ The Doomed City (which I have, but also have not read – though the spoiler-rich Wikipedia article refers to “deserted cities and ruins of Earth cultures that show that the mysterious world is very old and the humans inhabited it for a long time” outside the City, but note the past tense).

    And what a striking juxtaposition of story and illustration. Are the Unclean surviving despite the sewage? Is the account accurate, or propaganda? If accurate, I fear it seems optimistic – would the Unclean be given such room and opportunities? (But that’s a question for the other dystopian works I’ve read with an inside and an outside, too. I’ve never read Harry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room!, but I remember something of its film version as Soylent Green – and I’ve read a bit about the Holodomor…)

  7. JT says:

    Incidentally, the CDC has suggested safe spaces otherwise known as interment camps.

    “High-risk individuals would be temporarily relocated to safe or “green zones” established at the household, neighborhood, camp/sector or community level depending on the context and setting. They would have minimal contact with family members and other low-risk residents.”


  8. Water1965 says:

    @ Venerator Sti Lot, the unclean won’t have as many problems with sewage or any of the other issues of modern society as the clean will.
    Those that will be banished are, in the main, the same people who take care of these and similar issues of modern life that most of the clean have never given a single thought about.
    Fret not. Water and sewage treatment, agriculture and the rest of the requirements for life will be OK inside the impoundment.
    No bets on the other side of the wall.

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