Sacrificing Hope for the Future

Throughout the semester, we have been concerned with how we imagine our futures and ends, and what is at stake from thinking beyond the present. Of course, thinking beyond our current situations allows us a sense of pleasant escape, encouraging thoughts that the grass is likely greener on the other side. On the other hand, if the grass we wish to be more vibrant appears brown in our imaginations of the future, we can become inspired by that vision to attempt and rethink our current situations so that the future aligns with our desires. However, as films like Mad Max: Fury Road have taught us, we must not become so caught up in our illusions in order to actually produce the future that we imagine for ourselves.

“Hope is a mistake,” the character Mad Max says multiple times throughout the film. “If you can’t fix what’s broken, you’ll go insane.” We witness mental breakdowns from various characters in the film as they come across this same truth for themselves. Although pessimistic, the idea is easy to relate to.

Take for instance this incoming holiday season. A month from now, so many will rededicate themselves to some new goal or purpose, in the efforts of satisfying a resolution for the New Year. Oftentimes these goals are large and too grandiose to actually work, resulting in many crashing and burning on these goals with no chance of success. However, some people may not be going about their goals the right way — someone who plans to exercise more to lose weight isn’t going to get very far by eating out socially every weekend. Thus, many will attribute a failure in their plans as a failure of themselves, when this is not necessarily the case.

Imagining our futures is very similar to this. Like Max, Furiosa, and Nux all put in work towards a strategy to accomplish what they imagined for their possible future, we must also organize ourselves to create our visions and see them actually manifest before us. Does strategizing in this way, then, limit the risk that comes with thinking beyond the present? Or should the risk always remain present, in order to keep us in check?

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