Is Idiocracy Our Future?

I’m a yuuge science fiction nerd, and always have been. I like the technology, the adventure, and especially the social commentary. So, I’ve been binging on sci-fi flicks.

The first movie on my viewing schedule was Blade Runner. It was released in 1982, but was set in the distant future of 2019 – this should be interesting. Like most sci-fi movies, Blade Runner is heavy on technology. But the movie creators wildly missed the mark in predicting where technology would be in what is now 3 years ago.

In Blade Runner, cars can fly. It’s no surprise that the screen writers would think that’s plausible. We’ve been promised flying cars since the debut of the Jetsons. Our reality is a bit different though. Cars can’t fly, they run on the same gasoline that they always did – or on batteries that catch fire spontaneously and have to be charged at charging stations that don’t exist.

In the fantasy world of 2019, humans have colonized space. What a hoot. Our last mission to the moon was 50 years ago – and that marked the end of space exploration for us. Now our space program mostly just puts stuff in earth orbit and maintains it. NASA has become the 21st century’s TV repairman, and they’re not particularly good at that. Of course, it’s hard to do that and keep up with their Muslim outreach mission.

In Blade Runner, robots are so advanced that they can actually pass as people. They’ve been exiled to space because the actual people feel threatened by them. But they are so good at mimicking people that a number of them manage to sneak into America – no doubt across an open southern border. In a closing scene in the movie one robot even shows a shocking level of humanity – choosing not to end a human life. Apparently to it, all human life is precious – apparently it didn’t get the BLM memo.

In our reality, we’re close to a robot being able to take our order at McDonald’s, but they’re not likely to show any particular compassion in the process. In fact, very few humans show much compassion for humans. A disturbing number of people actually consider the destruction of other people to be “reproductive healthcare.”

In Blade Runner California has become a dystopian hellhole. It is overcrowded, corrupt, filthy, and in structural decay. Okay, the screenwriters got that part right. I’ll give them that one.

Blade Runner was so depressing I decided to lighten up my viewing entertainment with a sci-fi comedy. Next up was Idiocracy.

Idiocracy was released in 2006. The movie starts out in 2005. Our protagonist is on the low end of the intellectual totem pole for his day – but he’s the perfect test subject. He is put into cryogenic freeze for 500 years – awakening in the year of our Lord 2505.

When our protagonist emerges from his slumber, he discovers that he is now the smartest person in the world – and no, his sleep didn’t improve his IQ any. In fact, he discovers that the year he started his experiment, was the high point in American scientific progress. It seems that while he slept, society stopped valuing achievement – and began valuing anti-intellectualism.

Intellectuals died out, and the new cool kids – the idiots – thrived. Modern science had allowed the human race to cheat evolution. It wasn’t the fittest that survived. It was the weakest that flourished. Rather like how we provide advantages to our weak – safe spaces for those offended by words or bail reform for those incapable of meeting society’s expectations.

The Idiocracy world of 2505 is intellectually unprepared to maintain the society it was bequeathed. Garbage is piled up everywhere and nothing works properly – kind of like how we can’t keep toilet paper or baby formula on store shelves.

Buildings and infrastructure are failing and in disrepair. But we shouldn’t brag. We can’t keep the lights on reliably because we’ve decided to replace fossil fuels with power sources that don’t work at night or when the wind isn’t blowing. And we’re doing that because we’re trying to save the planet from a gas that helps crops grow.

And speaking of food, in our fictional 2505 there are mass food shortages because the idiots who have inherited the earth don’t understand that crops need water to grow. Fortunately, we’ve only turned off water in one agricultural area of California so far – to save a fish, that isn’t endangered.

It got me wondering, what future are we running towards – Blade Runner or Idiocracy? Are we being smart by providing

  • Safe spaces for the fragile
  • Alternative realities for the deranged
  • Relativism as a mask for evil

Or are we being idiots,

  • When the greatest social status is achieved by being a victim – preferably a multi-victim (i.e., black, female, transsexual, illegal immigrant with alopecia)?
  • When children of color are discouraged from academic achievement – because it’s considered “acting white”?
  • When science can no longer discern a man from a woman – and people believe men can have babies?
  • When words are violence – and violence is “mostly peaceful”?
  • When we burn 1 ¼ gallons of gas, to make a gallon of ethanol – which replaces ¾ gallon of gas?
  • When we segregate the races in the name of desegregation – separate classes, proms, graduation ceremonies, and lounges to promote harmony and coexistence?
  • When we pursue batteries to replace fossil fuels – that have to be charged with fossil fuels?
  • When preventing procreation is considered healthcare – by ridding the human body of those nasty little tumors known in the scientific community as fetuses, and in the religious community as babies?
  • When taking money from citizens, and then giving some of it back is considered stimulus?

What future are we choosing? Are we choosing robots and flying cars. Or are we working to make Charles Krauthammer’s prophesy a reality – that our civilization will not end because of a cataclysmic disaster, but because we’ll just stop caring for ourselves?

Author Bio: John Green is a political refugee from Minnesota, now residing in Idaho. He has written for American Thinker, American Free News Network, and The Blue State Conservative. His work has been featured on The Dan Bongino Show, World View Weekend Broadcast with Brannon House, and Steel on Steel with John Loeffler. He can be followed on Facebook or reached at greenjeg@gmail.com.

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