Dystopian future stories have become increasingly popular in today’s media. We are captivated by the end of the world and the aftermath of it. Weather it is stories like The Road and “The Tamarisk Hunter” or shows like The Walking Dead or movies like Mad Max, we love the end of the world fantasy genre. I believe we like them because they transport us from our own world to one that is far worse. They make us feel better about the state of society and the earth because they remind us that things could be worse. What we don’t realize is that things will get worse. We don’t see that we are headed to a world not too different from that in the “fantasy” stories we love. With the way we are treating the earth we are on a path of great destruction that will eventually lead into a real dystopia not unlike that portrayed in “The Tamarisk Hunter”.
We are headed towards a future where society crumples due to resource unavailability. We are headed towards a future with things such as water crimes. We are headed towards a future where entire cities are abandoned. We are destroying our earth and rather than taking media in the form of dystopian futures as warnings we take them as a way to make ourselves feel better. We don’t think for a second about us in that situation because we don’t think its possible for us to end up in it. We are pushing ourselves into something along the lines of a nearly waterless world but to us “The Tamarisk Hunter” is just a story. We don’t see that we will exhaust our resources in one way or another and society will be just as messed up as any dystopian story’s society. We don’t see that we are headed to a world that survival will be the most important thing. We don’t see that our future is a dystopia.