The market seems awash in dystopian novels and movies, especially in the young adult genre, reflecting the cynicism and hopelessness of millennials as they look upon the world we've left to them. I don't know if any of these stories have staying power, but the classic dystopian novels of the 20th century, George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" still set the standard, in my humble opinion. In fact, I found the latter to be quite prescient, and I shared my observations to that effect three years ago.
Since I wrote this piece, the trends I observed have shown no signs of diminishing. The erasure of sex and gender roles and definitions has greatly accelerated, and the self-medication of American society has devolved into a full-blown opioid and heroin health crisis. Consumerism, information overload and entertainment as distraction continue apace.
In his book, "Fate of Empires", Sir John Bagot Glubb posited that most empires last about 250 years, and he calls the last stage before the end "The Age of Decadence". His descriptions of that stage are eerily reflective of modern day America, and by his timeline, we have about a decade left.
All of this can be argued, of course, but whatever the current state of affairs or the outcome, I can honestly echo the mindset of the apostle Paul, who said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation" (Philippians 4:12).
My oldest daughter, who is blessed with extraordinary intelligence, inquisitiveness, and awareness but suffers for it because the condition of the world brings her to a near-constant state of depression and anxiety, paid me the greatest compliment yesterday.
When trying to divine the mystery of why I never seem to be bothered by current events, personal slights perceived or real, or the vitriol that permeates modern discourse, she said to me, and I'm recalling this from memory, "You say that God is the source of your self-worth, but you really live it." That means God has done an incredible work in me over time, and I'm grateful to Him for where He has brought me.
"I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).