We often think that a world of suffering is a world devoid of happiness or that suffering and happiness are mutually exclusive.
In reality, suffering can cause us to be happy, but only if we have the ability to pursue our goals in spite of it.
So what about dystopias? Why would anyone want to read a post about the connection between dystopian fiction and happiness?
Turns out there is actually a large amount of connection between dystopian fiction and happiness.
Happiness may come from simply changing our perspective on the world or on ourselves.
Dystopian fiction can do this for us by showing us the ugly world that exists in our current society.
This is perfect because it shows us what could be possible if nothing changes.
Furthermore, it can also show us how little things have changed since the Dune series, even though we are in a different generation.
Happiness can also be found in the characters we get to know.
Dystopian fiction can give us a glimpse of what we could become and allow us to better understand our fellow humans.
The question of whether we will continue to strive for our goals or
give up on them may be answered by reading these works and discovering new dimensions to ourselves.
Finally, if we read dystopian fiction, we might find that it has inspired positive changes in our lives.
Maybe we will find new ways to achieve our goals after reading these books and the world will become better because of it.
So not only does dystopian fiction inspire us with action, but it helps us bring these actions about even when the reality is bleak on the horizon.
The question is how do we accomplish this? How do we find happiness in the world of dystopia?
The answer is more complex than many of us realize. There are many techniques used to achieve this goal,
but they all can be summarized by thinking about our lives differently.
Many people think that they are victims to circumstances.
This way of thinking may prevent us from achieving the goal of happiness.
Think about it, if you think that your happiness is controlled by someone or something else then you will be unhappy because you cannot control what causes your unhappiness.
This also holds true for dystopian fiction. When reading these stories, it is easy to be distracted by the grim nature of the words on the page.
However, it is important to remember that books can teach us about society and human beings in ways that real life cannot,
but the lessons are only valuable if we are willing to learn.
The best way to achieve this goal of being able to change our lives for the better is to take advantage of why dystopia is so popular.
We are all fans because these books allow us to explore these themes in a universe made by humans, not otherworldly beings.
Doing so will help us learn about ourselves and the world around us.
However, it will also help us see that happiness is not something that comes from circumstances or people but
instead allows you to realize your full potential which you were not able to do before reading these books.
All in all, there may not be a reason to read dystopian fiction,
but if you do you will find that it can actually help you realize your full potential and have a better life.
“In the beginning there was darkness… and from it came books.”
“I have been compared to a buzz saw in the bathroom. I cut down people’s expectations of me.”
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on his career in comedy advertising. In an interview with Esquire magazine. October 2009
“The wind blows through my hair unnoticed. I live in a world without anxiety because I don’t know it exists.
Jessica Lynn (20)
“A happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.”
– Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
“You can’t find any human beings who are not hungry for something to feed their souls, and they will tell you what it is: they will tell you that it’s free.”
– Randy Powell (1949)
The topic of happiness has been discussed in every age and every society, based on its own conception of happiness and of life.
With its great variety, almost infinite,
this subject has always been a difficult one to try to define as it must be as individual as the people who have an opinion about it.
In the Society of the spectacle, happiness seems to have disappeared.
The world is no longer a place where happiness exists.
The Real has disappeared in the image that surrounds us every day in advertising.
Happiness is seen as unattainable, no one can have it all, this is not just due to the current economic crisis but it has something to do with human nature itself.
We are not born to be happy – or so we are told at least – but our job may be simply
to accept this sentence without trying so hard looking for happiness in everything we do because it will never be there.
All the people that are young today have grown up with this image of happiness,
but they are somehow beginning to understand that it may not be achievable after all, at least not in the same definition as it used to be.
The world has changed, and so have people.
We are living in a time of rupture between generations where there do not seem to be any new ideas about how things should be,
which leaves us with uncertainty about the future. The only thing we know is that nothing will ever be the same again.