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I do not agree that a dystopian story must be dis-empowering. Or is there a separate term for that intermediate story spectrum between assured utopian optimism and utter helplessness?

A prayer goes:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
The power of a dystopian novel could be giving a real perspective to cut through peak delusions, adding to wisdom, courage and serenity. And vbo comments on this page:
I always was under impression that for example Serbs from Bosnia are much tougher then Serbs from Serbia. Getting to know them better trough my husband's family I was surprise to see how they are able to take everything as a fact of life and continue to live almost untouched as opposed to us Serbs from Serbia where everything unexpected seems tragic to the point that it can ruin our lives.
If this civilization is in desperate need of new mythology, it is in a bad (collective) shape indeed.
by das monde on Wed Jan 1st, 2014 at 01:33:15 AM EST
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