the future’s so bright (or wait, dim?)
I haven’t seen this movie yet (hilarious snippet from the movie Idiocracy below), but think I had discussed it briefly with someone, and then somehow took away from our conversation that we were discussing a very serious documentary about how our future is destined to have a decline in intelligence due to the lower social classes reproducing the majority of our future population, etc. Hilariously, since then I even referenced it to someone, having this big social-economical discussion around the topic, and told them I would try to find out what documentary it was. haha!
Intro from the movie Idiocracy (2005)
I still have yet to completely confirm that it was this movie I had discussed with someone, because the only way I found it tonight was by Googling a ton of different phrases, but in the process I found some other very interesting posts & books related to this same topic:
- Idiocracy Movie Review: “…this could be the most important film of our time. “
- Is America Headed Towards Idiocracy?
- Wikipedia entry: Dysgenics
- Book: The Decline of Intelligence in America: A Strategy for National Renewal (1994) – Looks to have been very controversial in terms of Social Darwinism and a far right elitist stance, possibly?
- Cooperative Peace: Chapter XXXI (Published in 1950! Here’s the homepage)
I find myself really interested in topics like this. Elements of this discussion are why I’m very Pro-Choice, have read books like Generations, and am on the whole, pretty unsure about bringing my own children into the world.
All that said, I’d like to think more positively about our future. It’s scary to think about the worst possible future, but I don’t necessarily think “this is our doom, period.”…Instead, I actually do believe our world is going through some pretty powerful awakenings and progressions that may surprise us all.
To me it’s fascinating food for thought and I hope we all take an ounce (or more) of responsibility for how much we’re adding to our world and our future. Cultivating, encouraging and supporting our human race to excel in intelligence (book smarts AND emotional intelligence), peaceful thinking, and helping/serving our fellow man so that we can all rise up together. It doesn’t take much!
THAT said, I think skepticism runs deep in conversations like this… and certainly it’s a heated topic on many layers. I’d love to hear your thoughts.