Why don’t we learn from literature?
Reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan”
Nominally SF but actually a wonderful parody on our Capitalist world and its empty values.
— Roy Clark (@ClarkMail) December 10, 2016
inspired this blog.
It made me think of 1984 by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and George Orwell‘s Animal Farm.
Another more recent The Road by Cormac McCarthy and since made into a film and Doris Lessing’s The Cleft also fit into this category for me.
The frightening things is that, just like history, we haven’t learned from what these authors have tried to teach us. We value their writing, some feature in school set-work lists and have spent hours analysing them yet we still seem to ignore what they warn against.
Where does this leave us?
The proliferation of escapist literature both fiction and non-fiction so we continue to avoid dealing with the present reality and taking responsibility for our own futures.