Last October I wrote a post about the similarity between the economic troubles we’re experiencing and “The Change” in Perceval. At that time, I thought that the losses would affect only the US and Europe, but this past week I realized that this recession is essentially global. That makes it even more similar to “The Change,” which I envisioned as a global depression that started in the US and spread.
In the Perceval future, political upheaval accompanies the economic problems, and terrorists take advantage of America’s economic weakness. As a result, Americans go to the polls and vote into power a political party that gradually creates a permanent majority. In other words, a dictatorship.
I really wonder if that could actually happen. Americans can be an ornery bunch, skeptical, vocal and adamant about fairness and democracy. Would Americans ever want security and economic stability more than democracy and freedom?
My job is to tell a good story, a fictional story, and to that end, allow my imagination freedom to explore the universe of possibilities. And yet, readers sometimes gain inspiration and ideas of their own, triggered by a story, a character or situation. Reading is important….