The future is a topic that we as humans are endlessly curious about.
- What excites you about the future? What worries you about the future? (Accept all reasonable answers without comment. Students will have hopes and fears that are personal and global.)
Literature is full of ideas about both idyllic and hellish futures. One of the most popular forms of young adult fiction today is the dystopian genre, which depicts a nightmare of a world (even if at first it seems quite peaceful).
- Do you read or watch dystopian stories? What interests you about them? (Accept all reasonable answers. The idea of a society that operates differently than ours is intriguing as one imagines daily life in that world. The idea of being a hero in a repressive world may appeal to some, especially when the hero seems otherwise ordinary. Students will know some examples from popular books and films such as The Hunger Games or Divergent, where protagonists question the harmful order of life that has been established and attempt to lead others to a better future.)
- Do you ever see elements from the dystopian world at play in the real world? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may see warnings about power, homogeny, even technology.)
The truth is that good and evil are always present in the world, even when one of them seems to have a stronger hold. We may live to see interesting technological advances, devastating wars, inspiring heroes, personal tragedy, and success. No matter what lies ahead, here’s what we can be sure of—God, the First and Last, is ever present, and God’s goodness and justice triumph in the end.