Thursday, October 19, 2006

Utopia/Dystopia

Depending on your point of view, one would characterize the society in Albert Wendt's Black Rainbow as ether a utopia or dystopia. He creates the society so that there is no "grey-zone," so to speak; ether you exist in bliss or in misery. This speaks volumes about the time in which Wendt wrote the novel and about how we exist in our society today. What sacrifices have we made to assure saftey and security? And furthermore, have these mesures even helped to obtain our goals? This social satire illustrates what our world could become if our society moves closer to conformity, rather than individuality.
Those who are familiar with Loyola College's demographics are aware that the student body is a rather homogenous collection of people, even described at times as a: "living, breathing Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue." We exist in stark contrast to the rest of Baltimore City, in that one of Baltimore's best quallities is its diversity. So, saying that, it is fair to assume that one of the goals of our Year of the City campaign, is to foster a stronger sense of diversity here at Loyola by venturing into the city. What we bring back from our adventures can only make us stronger, smarter and more aware.
There is something to be said about a society that is able to tolorate those that are different. Loyola is pretty good in that respect, we have a long way to go, but at least we're moving in the right direction. Wendt's futuristic society is far from the ideal. How can a society be a utopia if it does not encompass a vast diversity? if it can not tolorate divience? This society is not a utopia, but rather a dystopia where the citizens fear to be individuals.