2020 – A Not-So-Spacey Odyssey
The year is 2020 and mankind is reeling from global war. No continent has escaped the devastating effects as man has, in effect, turned on himself and effected his own destruction. Homes on every street house the ill and dying. Youths struggle to survive and turn ever more to the government for aid and assistance. The cycle repeats itself until the inevitable. One day, society must implode, collapse on itself. The residents of Earth can only hope for a rebirth of the old Greek tale of the Phoenix rising from her own ashes.
How did mankind arrive at this tumultuous place in human history? What caused this war? These questions lead us to the discussion of the move of Socialism and the modern Communists. The story of Socialism and Communism has come full circle in its second era. The symbiotic relationship of the power-hungry and the lazy has led to a government controlled world where programs provide all and all require programs. No man can stand with his own strength. No man can forge his own way into the world controlled by Governments corrupted by power and greed.
It all started innocently enough. The promise was for healthcare for all. Initial trials failed miserably in Canada, Great Britain, and many other countries. Communism failed also in Eastern Europe. Not to be deterred, Socialists and Communists re-crafted their slogans and pitches. They made their new attempts at population controlling power by promising simple shots and medicines for all. They indicated that there would be no cost for this gracious treatment. And mankind handed them the keys.
The new governments, imbued with power, began to offer basic healthcare for little to no cost to their citizens. They hid the true cost behind new taxes and promises of more help. Mankind, having handed over the control of their own destiny, looked ever-more to this new and powerful government. The government began to slyly dictate who lived and who died; they chose whose life was valuable enough to save. Houses on every street began to house the sick and dying.
Human subjects of every government would not be treated like this and sit idly by. Protests everywhere began. The Socialists and Communists had raised taxes to beyond 50% and caused a healthcare crisis of epic proportions. Their subjects were in revolt and the Socialists were not deterred; they had learned much from their prior failures. They promised new programs and pushed propaganda about population control. The sick and dying could now volunteer to be euthanized. What a modern concept! And, the Socialists argued, the world’s population was too great anyhow and letting a few “slip away” was, after all, good for the Earth. Was man doing his race a kindness by not fighting the system any longer?
One facet of this new era was that life was complicated and technically advanced. But this had all come at a price. By 2020, the Earth had been depleted of most of its oil reserves, a historically useful fuel. New fuels were created but they were vastly more costly. One of the most popular fuels was a fuel made from corn and potatoes. The cost of food skyrocketed and shortages abounded as farmers chose to grow only corn and not the other essentials for the human diet. The Socialists and Communists saw yet another foothold of control. The government began to offer aid to their citizens in the way of foodstuffs – all at a price. Taxes went higher. The governments truly controlled all. Mankind was too weak to forge their way any longer. Every basic necessity of life: food, clean water, and health were provided by the governments.
The governments were not perfectly adaptable to this new realm of power and had their own troubles. Governments ran short of food supplies and fuel reserves. The world was reeling. Governments began to take globalization to the next logical step. They combined their powers into one mammoth government. This was not done overnight but as crises occurred, the governments used the fear of the people to persuade them beyond their better judgment. One by one, governments absorbed one another. Eventually the world was ruled by one monolithic and, some say, maniacal giant.
This giant Government provided for all. Life became a basic ritual of survival. The inefficiencies in the Government left no room for technical innovation or exploration. There were no new inventions. There was no exploring space or new medical treatments. Life truly became eating, breathing, and dying. Underneath it all, the soul of man was crushed. No longer able to stand on his own, all men were forced into service of the Great Giant, as the Government was called. The Government served its own needs and the basic needs of the people (rather inefficiently, however) and there was nothing left.
But the spirit of man was not to be ultimately deterred. Black markets sprang up and secret societies began to spread news of change. By and large, man lived and died at the hand of the Great Giant. But there were few who were willing to traverse hell to see and taste freedom again: freedom to live on their own power, freedom to make their own way, freedom to fail, freedom to explore. Sadly, the only possibility of this happening will be a cataclysmic failure of the Great Giant.
As the world enters and passes the year 2020, the true war is about to begin. Until now, it’s been a war man has waged on himself. No blood has been shed by weapon and bombs. All death has been caused by political choices. The human spirit is the greatest casualty as man denies their own freedoms in turn for more food or simple healthcare. But this is all about to change. The weapons have been sharpened and the bombs have been loaded onto the planes of war.
As 2020 passes, the greatest war mankind has ever seen: the people of earth against their government, the Great Giant. Who can say how this war will end? Who can say if man will be able to endure? But the result of all of this “experiment” is that the heart of man should be free. Man should be free to choose where they buy their food. They should be free to choose who takes care of their health. They should be free to move, invent, and succeed. They should be free to be prosperous or to fail. All that can be said is that humans without a crushed spirit, those who remember the tales of the free world of old, sincerely hope for the fire and the ashes. They are eager to see what a beautiful Phoenix can be formed at the hands of a free and somewhat desperate mankind. The greatest entities known have been born of such circumstances. But sadly, the cycle is destined to be repeated. Man kind will always have the power hungry and those eager to be fed for free.