Now I’m not one for politics. I always vote, but I don’t get too heavily involved or in debates. However, over the last six months or it has been impossible not to be dragged into debates, or even want to get involved. Not only have we had to endure Brexit, but now Donald Trump is president. Yes, Donald Trump. I may be late on this bandwagon, but this post isn’t just about politics.
As I am studying Creative Writing I need to wear a thinking cap most days now and look everywhere for new inspiration, story and blog post ideas. I like the idea of connecting everyday life to a fantastical world. When I think back to my childhood I think of watching Disney films, cartoons and reading fairytales before bed. Dreaming of becoming a princess. Wishing I owned magic carpet. Hoping I would meet my Prince charming one day. Obviously as I have grown up those priorities have changed somewhat! Of course, I would still love a magic carpet to take me wherever I wanted for free but life’s a bitch.But for one of my modules I wanted to use the Trump debacle as inspiration!
Anyway, I think when you read about what is going on across the pond, it makes you think that Trump is creating his own Utopia. I first heard of a Utopia in my second year at university when we studied Sir Thomas More. A Utopia for those who may not know a Utopia is “any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal” (http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/utopia). I say this because when you look at what he wants to do or the things he believes in, you get the sense that he is slightly crazy and is just absurd – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34903577 – here are 24 things Trump believes in. I was no Clinton supporter by any stretch, but the man is a racist, sexist, clueless imbecile. The day Trump was elected, I and many others felt deflated and a little scared. This man was going to be in the powerful seat in the world, have access to nuclear weapons. This man believes climate change is just weather, the USA should use waterboarding (beyond barbaric) and Mexico should pay for the wall HE wants to build. It’s ridiculous and terrifying. But that’s what made me start to think that Trump is building his own Utopia, but in the eyes of many others in America and around the world, he is making a Dystopia.
This ‘Dystopia’ he is building will be unpleasant for many. I’m sure there are thousands of people right now who are fearful for their futures and lives they have made for themselves. I’m talking of course about Muslims and immigrants. His views on Muslims and Syrian refugees are soul-destroying really. A man who has a voice for millions of people, is generalising and pretty much calling them all terrorists, saying we would be better off if Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi were still in power. It really is unbelievable that so many people voted him in. Obama’s heart must be breaking, along with the rest of the world. The only good thing to come out of this election is all of the Obama and Bidden memes. Comedy gold!
Anyway, like I was saying for one of my modules at uni, we have to think of the fantastical, raising the ordinary to extraordinary so it got me thinking about the current situation in politics. Hoping to finish the story soon, a short piece about Trump and what seems like his quest to get rid of anyone who isn’t white or attractive using only an iPad to control everything. The idea is to take something we use every day and elevate it to be used in the future and for it to be the only thing of that kind. I chose an iPad because technology is something we use every day and I thought it would be interesting to write about a society where that is taken away. It’s almost like going back in time. Hopefully it will work out how I have imagined and have the desired effect on the reader!