The Grey Areas

            From my understanding of dystopias, real, and imagined, fictional texts and films typically portray their contemporary moment artistically. In 2018 The First Purge was released. This is the most current Purge movie and ironically is relevant to our present political moment. Although it is dramatized there are correlations between the treatment of lower income residents and the reality of the United States. Inner cities are typically occupied by lower income residents and are overlooked by the government. The crime rate within urban communities are higher than suburban communities. It is no coincidence that The First Purge displays impoverished communities killing for the opportunity of security.

            Events leading up to our contemporary moment allow the chance to critically analyze our surroundings and our reality. There are wars occurring all across the world because a group of higher-powered men cannot seem to agree. George Orwell’s 1984 depicts a dystopic society in which they are constantly monitored by their government. An oppressive device the government uses in Oceania is constant war. Similar to 1984, the world is always in the state of constant war. There is never a moment of worldwide peace. In the United States there is a war on race, a war on poverty, and a war on identity. This can affect individual psychologically and physically. 

            To develop as a self-regulated learner means to go against societal norms. It means to think for oneself and to go against conformality. Individuals who think for themselves are able to see the grey areas in life. Those who are not free mentally are forced to view life in black and white. It is important for humans to seek individuality or they will continue to be controlled by those who seek power. The idea of dystopias, real, and imagined is a tool to unmask inequality within an imbalanced society. Unfortunately, our contemporary moment is in fact a dystopia due to past and current historical events. 

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