Friday 27 January 2023

Why the dystopia-mania?

Netflix have introduced a new category into their streaming services which is Dystopian Futures

In other words; one of The System's core propaganda sources is encouraging its audience to consume movies and TV programs which focus on future hellish societies; just as (since the summer of 2020) they introduced the category "Black Stories" as an approved category. 

This invites consideration; because on the surface it would seem to be counter-productive for The System to warn the masses about the nasty things The System intends to do with the masses... Yet, here we have it. 

The answer is quite simple, as indeed are all such matters of large scale System policy - because, if strategies were not simple, then they would be rendered ineffectual by the complex and varied multi-society implementation process. Only simple policies can be relied upon to have their desired effect across many nations and across extended timescales.  

The reason why Netflix is pushing dystopian narratives is related to their overall service to the core demonic agenda, which is the damnation of Men.

Overall (and on average) modern dystopias - under modern conditions - promote the agenda of evil; which is the agenda of The System. 

The damnation is Men is not an easy thing to achieve, because Men must choose it: that is, each Man must (as an unique individual) choose to reject the offer or eternal resurrected life in Heaven that is made possible by Jesus Christ. 

That is: a Man must be induced not-to-want Heavenly resurrected and everlasting life; but instead to prefer death and hell. 

In other words; Men must be made to want evil (not Good); and to desire evil entails that Men understand evil and its implications; understand the planned evil sufficiently to consent to evil, sufficiently to say yes to evil

Furthermore, Men be be induced Not-to-repent; because it is never too late (in mortal life) for any Man to repent and instead follow Jesus Christ. 

Damnation is never secure so long as Men retain an accurate sense of what is Good, and what is sin

Only when the evilness of sin is denied and its opposite asserted, is damnation secure. 

This means that - at some level - there needs to be a value-inversion whereby real Good is understood to be evil; and actual evil is understood to be Good.   

This is the spiritual function of Dystopian Futures - and indeed the reason for the mania for dystopian depictions in the mass media and arts, especially since about the millennium: to induce Men to consent to the evil which is planned for them, and to choose it in preference to Heaven.

There are many (unlimited in number and variety, although with some common themes) ways in which modern (especially post-2000) dystopian fictions can promote exactly the dystopias they 'warn' against. 

Maybe simply through depicting dystopia as inevitable - hence inducing the 'resistance is futile' mindset; which is just one step away from embracing the evil plans while trying, personally, to make the best of it. 

Depictions of 'apocalyptic' collapse likewise often promote an attitude of ruthlessly selfish personal-survivalism - indifferent to any spiritual or divine goals (which are implicitly depicted as unreal delusions when times get hard). 

For example; physical survival is assumed (but without stating it) to be the ultimate Good; therefore a 'whatever it takes' ethic becomes ultimate. 

Or; evil is promoted by opposing the depicted dystopias with leftist/ atheist/ materialist/ hedonic System ideologies. This means that both support-of dystopia and 'opposition'-to dystopia both share the same ideology, and both sides in the conflict are merely different aspects of the same (evil) System. 

For instance; Nazi-like 'racist' fictional dystopias are opposed (in-world) by 'antiracist' freedom-fighters - when in real-life antiracism is a core tool of the totalitarian System. 

Or when 'environmentally destructive/ indifferent' tyrannical and cruel rulers, are opposed by some 'eco-warrior types' aiming to save-the-planet - when in real life the environmental movement is utterly in-thrall to (indeed a creature of) the globalist agenda. 

And there are (many) fictions about  Artificial Intelligences. If these are 'evil' (i.e. cruel, selfish etc) this implies that there are also potentially 'Good' AIs (kind, altruistic etc). Fictions of 'Good' AIs, and 'nice'/ or beautiful robots - may have these depicted as better than (most) Men. 

In the end, the message is that AI is a real thing, and AIs are persons and might replace (in essentials) Men - and often the AI future is said to be inevitable anyway (again "resistance is futile"). 

Yet another strand of the propaganda is that futures are some combination of random materialism, scientific determinism, and the Man-made; such that divine creation is excluded completely from the range of possibilities. 

In dystopia Men inhabit a meaningless and purposeless world - because only the divine creation of a Good God has purpose and meaning; consequently those who are depicted as opposing dystopia in these worlds, implicitly accept the same nihilistic assumptions concerning reality, that are inevitable when creation is excluded from possibility. 

In other words; the 'dystopian' worlds portrayed are ones in which all depicted options, on all 'sides' in the dramatic conflict, are all servants of the demonic agenda - in one or another of its aspects. 

Past Dystopias were indeed sometimes genuine warnings against that which they depicted; but the vast expansion and promotion of the dystopia agenda during the past few decades is undoubtedly driven by evil motivations, and is intended to work in support of the evil System-agenda: to pave its way, reduce resistance, increase acceptance...

In a nutshell; 'dystopian futures' are depicted with the overall intent of - by one means or another - generating consent for a totalitarian and materialist society; and, further, inducing mind-sets, attitudes and responses to the unfolding global dystopia that support its development.

Modern dystopias encourage a wide-range of Jesus-rejecting, anti-God, spirit-disbelieving, leftist ideologies that feed-back-into The System, and indirectly but materially and spiritually support it; because in dystopia, all possible futures derive from exactly the same basic and fundamental assumptions upon-which dystopia has been built.     


Crosbie said...

Does '1984' fit into this picture? It's a particularly inscrutable work. Smith declares to O'Brien "I hate goodness/I hate purity/I want everything corrupt". Smith is an anti-hero, surely. Is Orwell trying to tell us there are no heroes and no hope? Yet in the 'golden country' there are signs of hope, and even what appears to be precognition, which clashes with the otherwise closed world of the story. And why must Smith believe before he dies? That too hints at the primacy of the spiritual, but is it a threat, an exploration, or a warning?

Was Orwell trying to be good, and did he succeed? Had he given up?

Bruce Charlton said...

@C - 1984 was well intentioned within Orwell's limitations. But the effect is despair inducing, and tends to push the left-totalitarian 'sexual liberation' agenda in a way that CS Lewis elucidated in his review:

sam said...

One of the most successful dystopian films of recent years is the Hunger Games. When you look at in terms of society and not making a spectacle of child gladiators, you see a racially segregated archeo-futurist nation with a very strict divide between the futurist "haves" and the archeo "have nots". Genetic engineering is used to produce monsters for a TV reality show whilst rural people starve.
If not for the bludgeoning evil of the child gladiators, more people might have looked seriously at the actual dystopia portrayed. I've heard it described as one of the most right wing teen films and can pretty much see how people have arrived at that conclusion.
The books keep the same divides and messages, but with a greater and more realistic emphasis on all the mental illnesses.

Sam C

David Earle said...

Speaking of AI, I am noticing a lot of talk about AI in the mainstream and started seeing ads for AI applications recently.

There are a lot of concerns spoken about that it could replace jobs for drivers, artists and programmers, as well as disrupt education (since it can generate essays on the fly), to list a few.

There are some arguments for why this could be a good or bad thing.

But as I see it, put simply it is just introducing more chaos to the System with this being unleashed, which of course makes sense given the Sorathic era we are in.

The effects of AI will certainly be unpredictable, but I suspect it will lead to further human suffering, one way or another, particularly to those that aren't anchored in reality.

Bruce Charlton said...


I've written a few posts about AI in the past.

My best guess is that the deep impulse behind this AI push, is the opposite of what people usually think. AI is supposed to be about getting machines to 'think like humans'. This is not just impossible, but is not even being attempted by AI designers.

The reality is that the presence (and increasing prevalence) of AI entrains humans to think like machines. This machine-thinking becomes more or less mandatory, if humans are to interact successfully with AI - to make it do what we want.

And insofar as humans think like machines, we are Not spiritual beings and exclude the spirit; and become wholly subject to the things of this world.

So, this is why AI is a big push.

However, it is too late for AI actually to achieve this goal, because the capability of Western Civilization to accomplish anything positive is collapsing (self-destructing) so fast that it can be seen on a month by month basis.

Fen Tiger said...

I know it's not saying much - and 2009 seems far longer ago than it should: but Daybreakers is a vampire dystopia with strongly positive themes.