Posted in Books, Chocolate, Environment, Family, Movies, Music, Televison, Uncategorized

What a Wonderful World

1future16Imagine, a world where we eliminate everything that causes conflict.

  • No wealth. No poverty. No crime.

  • No race. No religion. No fear.

  • No losers. No winners (except Charlie Sheen, because make no mistake, even a 1000 years from now, both he and Keith Richards could very well still be alive, and possibly, our leaders).

  • No celebrities. No Kardashians (Utopia, for sure).

  • Everyone wears the same clothes, um, who gets to decide what clothes?1future19

  • No hate. No envy (which makes me envy them a little).

  • Equality. Real equality, not just talked about.

  • Everyone eats the same food (we’d still have all the different foods we like, right? Oh, I guess that wouldn’t make any sense.).

  • Precise language. No lying.

  • No memories of the past. No echoes of the war, terror, sickness, hunger, dramas, or grudges to assault the senses.

1future23What a wonderful world. Our sameness would be our salvation. Or would it?

I can’t imagine never having seen animals or colours or heard music. Never felt snow on your tongue, or rain on your cheeks. Never soothed, sang, swam, tried something just for the fun of it…Never felt, expressed, or received love. Never dreamed.

I finally decided to watch The Giver, so I stopped watching Jane the Virgin (don’t judge me, the titillating title hides plenty of laughs and a myriad of excellent messages about life, love, growing up, letting go, choices, and dealing with things when the choices are taken away from us).1future17

This Lois Lowry book always struck a chord with me. When we’re given the freedom to make choices, do we make the wrong ones?  No choices, therefore, no drama, no conflict, no pain. Life would be contented, safe, comfortable, but it would lack surprise, passion, dreams, and joy.

I approached the film adaptation cautiously, so many books have been confused, corrupted, or cauterized in the Hollywood machine. This was Hollywoodized, but in a good way.

For all my prejudging, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, and a talented group of young actors (yes, including Taylor Swift) relentlessly brought this complicated book to life in an accessible and entertaining fashion.

Instead of wishing for a Utopian future or bracing for a Dystopian one, we should be working on making a better today.

Advertisements

Author:

Very me

63 thoughts on “What a Wonderful World

  1. If the theory of evolution is correct we have no choice but the strive; it’s hardwired into us. Perfection would truly be the death of us. CS Lewis coined the expression the Shadowlands to describe the human state before reaching heaven. The purpose of it was to drive man forward to seek that state of grace (without it we would simply wait out our time before transferring to heaven). Now while I don’t go big on any religion, I like his notion that this life is a staging post and we need to strive everyday to better it. Nice post…

    Like

    1. Thank you and thanks for dropping by to share your insights, that certainly is something to think about.
      Perfection or at least what we feel is perfection, quite true. 🙂
      Hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Although utopian society sounds lovely in theory, I can’t help but think a little bit of conflict and differentiating viewpoints can be a very good thing, keeps boredom away, and makes our world an interesting adventure.

    Like

  3. If there were no race, religion or fear, someone would be measuring your nose to see if it’s an acceptable length or seeing if your hair is within an acceptable shade of brown. Unless a miracle happens, people will find something to make them feel “better than” about someone else. One day, perhaps we humans will stop acting like a bunch of monkeys fighting over territory and status. But I’m not holding my breath for that day to come. 🙂

    Like

    1. I’m glad you’re not holding your breath, you’d turn blue and we’d have to call someone or put you in the next ‘Avatar’ movie.
      Sadly, you’re correct, we’d always find something to nitpick or fight about.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Well you’re really on form today aren’t you. Little funnies dropping all over the place,
    I’mm quite happy to leave race alone as we should celebrate the differences between us. But if the sick b*******s who like killing people would stop wars every nation could concentrate on the things that matter without worrying about having to find the money for their next nuclear bomb.
    1.Replanting the desert
    2. Ensuring everyone has access to clean water and sufficient food.
    3. Finding cures for all the cancers, aids
    4. Getting me next week’s lottery results now.
    5 Saving the planet for future generations.
    6 Well, you get the idea……..
    We don’t all need to be the same but for once it would be good to have similar goals.

    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    Like

    1. Those are all wonderful, selfless…wait a minute, what was #4 again? lol 😉
      David, you’re wise and funny, a brilliant combo. 🙂
      Thank you for your wonderful insights and hope this day is good to you. 🙂
      Massive hugs, Donna

      Like

  5. Ahh utopia – like the overly romanticized views of an afterlife in heaven, I think it would all be very dull. Eliminating war would be great, but ultimately, it is our differences that make us interesting. I can’t imagine everyone being super-nice and sharing all of my opinions (correct though they may be). I think I’d go crazy out of boredom.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yes, what you said, Donna. I’m a taker of what you were a givin’. I’m sick of Dystopian. I’m wary of Utopian. I’d take a peek at those lotto results of No. 4 above, too, though, as long as requests are being considered.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I read The Giver last year and have not had a chance to see the film yet. One of those books you sit down and read all at once because you can’t put it down! I gave my daughter the boxed set for Christmas, but I have yet to sit down and read the others in the series. It was funny because as I was reading the first part of your post, I was thinking that what you were describing sounded an awful lot like The Giver. And then, lo and behold, you were! 🙂

    Like

    1. I thought those who had read it would get it and those who had yet to enjoy it, would understand later on. 🙂
      And I see some magical words – you gave books for Christmas, wonderful amazing gifts, trips to other worlds, other times!
      Hope this day is being good to you, Michelle. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, we almost never give our girls anything besides books because it is all they ever ask for! My day has been going great. Been doing springtime clean-up in the yard. Hope your day is going good too! 🙂

        Like

    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      Yes, I felt better about watching it when Lois Lowry said they’d stayed true to the book. 🙂
      Thank you and hope this day treats you kindly. 🙂

      Like

  8. Most anything sounds lovely in theory but I do not believe in Utopia because soon someone will want more and strive to get that more. Someone else won’t want to be left behind and they want more. I believe it’s human nature.
    I haven’t read the book, but am now curious and plan to look into it. Interesting subject for a rousing conversation. 🙂

    Like

  9. No Kardashians – yes, the cult of pseudo celebrity is definitely a roadblock to the sanity needed to bring about positive cultural change change. Great message in this post – couldn’t agree more.

    Like

Please follow, like, leave comments. Thanks.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s