I’ve always thought of college in general as a dystopian world. When I was little I used to think of college as this cool place where everyone was on a mission to solve some big project that was a secret to the general public. I still kind of think of college as a dystopian world, only because the experience I get here as a Xavierite is so unique (in my opinion.)
I don’t really think Xavier is a dystopia because according to our definition, a dystopia is “an imaginary or real place whose people may lead a restricted and oppressive existence under some form of authority.” For the most part, I don’t think the students, faculty, and staff here are obligated to lead a restricted or oppressive existence. However, on a global scale in terms of the coronavirus that has impacted the world I would say that now XULA’s campus, as well as the rest of the world, are leading a restricted existence due to the influence of authority. This virus has caused a dramatic decrease in social activities/gatherings and has had a significant impact on the economy. The government is urging people to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus but many people feel like they are free to do whatever they want, and the government has no place to tell them what they are and are not allowed to do.
We’re living in interesting times and I think the back and forth debate on whether or not people are choosing to stay home (if possible) is indicative of a dystopia where some are choosing to follow the government’s rules while others are rebelling (because that’s their prerogative… I guess). In the books and movies when people don’t obey the government the iron fist comes down. But this is real life — could things really get that bad?