Dystopian World

I don’t want to be a downer, but in my lifetime, the world has never felt more dystopian than it does today. There seems to be a daily sense of struggle and dread.

I live in the central part of Washington State. We had record-breaking heat this summer. We’re in our third month of unhealthy air due to the smoke from the wildfires in the western regions of the United States. Add the resurgence in numbers of people getting infected with COVD-19, political unrest, and a growing problem with homelessness, and my world is beginning to look like a dystopian movie.

I hope this will pass. I’m not certain it’s that simple. But let’s look at the bright side of things from the perspective of an artist.

As a creator, I find this sense of living in a dystopian world fascinating. It gives me new perspective and ideas for poetry and song. It requires thought and reflection to consider both my own and others’ struggles. Musically, the current climate lends itself to dark ambient sounds. Spending more time inside to avoid smoke and disease allows for more time to create.

So, you see, it’s not all bad. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.