We Have To Convince Ourselves The Future Is Hopeless
So We Avoid Virtue In The Present
I’ve been reading many Science Fiction anthologies. These stories vary in themes, characters, plots, and style. However, they do not vary in tone.
I’ve learned that by some unwritten rule, science fiction is always hopeless in tone. Most stories I’ve read feature terrible people living in conquered, destroyed, or disgusting worlds.
I believe this hopeless tone paints a desire people have: they want the future to be bleak.
If the future is bleak, you won’t fight for your future. If you know tomorrow will be hopeless, then why practice virtue today? As Keynes once said, “we will all be dead,” so let’s live in the now. Then, we remain forever surprised when the dreaded, nihilistic future we thought would happen actually does.
But you can’t escape responsibility. If you want your morning to be free of issues, you should take care of your body today. You cannot get drunk the night before and blame your hangover on the inevitable evils of tomorrow. Not all misfortune is outside of your control. You have the power to make your future better by being virtuous today.
So focus on virtue. Become your ideal self. Reject the themes and stories that tell you tomorrow is hopeless and lost.
The Fourth Age
Recent events restrict most commentators in the art world. They react. When someone complains about a recent character change or a story going the wrong way, they quickly tie such happenings to current events. The commentary offers no connection to the past.
The Fourth Age talks about poor storytelling. He dives into why specific stories are terrible and why the stories’ themes are evil. He looks at the history and the ancients, connecting our understanding of good storytelling to the writings of intellectual giants like Aristotle.
The Fourth Age is not stuck in our present day, reacting to bad stories and shaking his fist in the air. He’s creating original stories and talking about what makes good stories good, so we can all learn.
I listen to him frequently. If you are interested in virtuous stories, especially those that are uplifting, meaningful, and beautiful, I suggest listening to The Fourth Age.
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I don’t like “realistic” or cynical tales. Nihilism, especially in art, is pathetic, and I want to tell different stories.
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