I remember watching The Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger about a reality show where folks had to fight “bad” super heroes to the death. I also remember thinking, this could never happen. We’d never become a society where that was allowed.
Then came the Hunger Games. (When I first asked my youngest daughter if she’d read it, she thought it was a diet book). Don’t ever tell her I told.
Anyway, my husband and I, my daughter and her husband went to see the movie Saturday night. Again, I made the comment about the direction of our society. And I admitted I didn’t think we’d ever get to this point.
Her comment? Society has already been at this point, Mom. The coliseums. People watching. People dying. People laughing as other humans fought to the death. She brought it to my attention that we don’t have to wait to reach that point; as a grand society, man has already been there.
Okay, so I can’t tease her anymore about that “diet book.” She had her finger on the pulse of the inhumanity while I was still laughing over her naiveté. She wasn’t, after all, the naïve one.