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Should Fiction Deal with How Our World Could Be “Restructured” to Eliminate All Our Crises?


It would be impossible for anyone to prove that our world isn’t embroiled in multiple, interwoven crises… 

Earth

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Do you think fiction writers should deal with this in their work?

Certainly, there have been plenty of dystopian novels and novels that create a new, fictional ordering of our world.

The question is:

How many novels deal directly with the “multiple, interwoven” crises we’re actually having?

Here are a few of the major ones:

Climate Change

Oppression of Women and Girls

Threat of Pandemic Diseases

Water Shortages

Food Shortages

Excessive Wealth with Crushing Poverty

Increasing Terrorism

Corporations Over-Mastering Sovereign Nations

Hang on

Is that last one really happening?

Sadly, yes; and, it will soon get worse—even to the point that a corporation can sue a government whenever it wants to override its laws

If this sounds like sheer fiction, check out this Google page about the Trans-Pacific Partnership

A main point of reaching a resolution of all our crises revolves around Governance.

If you want to read a novel that delves into resolving multiple, interwoven global crises<—Click That Link

That book happens on worlds other than Earth but clearly shows how our planet could reach global tranquility.

And, if you want some solid research material for planning a fictional work that reflects sane and practical resolutions for bad governance, Download This Paper from the Institute for Studies In Global Prosperity.

Here’s their description of their mission:

“The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to building capacity in individuals, groups and institutions to contribute to prevalent discourses concerned with the betterment of society.”

So, do you think fiction should deal with these issues?

And, how close can fiction get to what’s actually happening and remain fiction?

Also, do you think there are too many novels that help folks completely escape from reality and block them from helping to heal our world…?
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2 responses to “Should Fiction Deal with How Our World Could Be “Restructured” to Eliminate All Our Crises?

  1. libraryassociate July 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    These questions are vital and must be responded to says my burning soul.
    1. Do you think fiction writers should deal with this in their work? Comfortable silence has caused too many to suffer while others eat large fatty meals. Fiction writers are obligated to address multiple, interwoven crises.
    2. How many novels deal directly with the “multiple, interwoven” crises we’re actually having? I respectfully reframe the question. How many novels (that) deal directly with the “multiple, interwoven” crises we’re actually having are being read and studied ? Too few I say.
    3. And, how close can fiction get to what’s actually happening and remain fiction? It will only remain fiction in how it is shelved in our comfortably silent living rooms and libraries but its contents will scream ‘REAL LIFE’
    4. Also, do you think there are too many novels that help folks completely escape from reality and block them from helping to heal our world…? It took me far to long to realize the answer to this one. YES.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Well, what a great comment :-)

      You are brave, sir, to say fiction writers are obligated to address multiple, interwoven crises…

      And, thanks for reframing that question…

      #3 brought a laugh of enlightenment…

      Thank you, sir, for stepping into this roiling pit-of-fire issue………

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