September 10, 2013
There is a television science fiction drama that is socially relevant to the learning called “Under The Dome“. This CBS show premiered on CBS on June 24, 2013 has been named the summer’s number one show. For those who have not watched this series let’s recap quickly. Small town as in any other living day-to-day experiences a strange event, the coming down of a dome. The dome has trapped the town, no way in or out. The learning begins quickly as good versus evil and power versus powerless start to unravel. The next is the hording of resources and the shuttering of power one-by-one excluding those that hold the access to the resources. People are killed that prevent powerful and young people decide by fate and determination to fight back.
The Dome is a tale of many and the historical reference that leads to exploitation of the masses. The importance of this show developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King is the telling of the social dynamic and injustices that lead to power struggles and drive people in the name of hope to follow radical leaders that promote hatred, division and derision.
The Dome is a metaphor to the imposed prisons or shortsightedness we place on ourselves and one another – self imposed limits to freedom. Under the Dome happens often when we prejudge youth, race, gender, sex, intelligence, religion, politics, class, education, age, body and more. The dome is produced when are eyes are closed or shaded to the inequities that hate, prejudice and injustice allow.
The importance or take away of this series is the lack of resources combined fear and economic destabilization can breed the selection or singling out of people that lead to dehumanization or a holocaust. The acts are the steps that build to larger social movement such as, slavery, interment camps and/or the genocide of a people. The same oppression can bring out change and produce Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Nelson Mandela.
What under-girds sustainability is to understand the importance of resources and its impact on social justice, the supply chain that feeds the cycles to support sustained development. It is necessary to identify gaps and constraints to sustainability in all places that for some are in the environment, energy, education, business, art, health, water, science and more.
It is relevant to consider “Under The Dome” despite its commercialism the implications of resources and socioeconomics of power when many are left powerless. “The Dome” is a symbol that in a short period of time corruptible systems can erode the balance of justice and lead to decrepitude.
In sustainability it is the role to humanize and consider how to protect humanity in all its forms for better tomorrow.
- Stephen King: I’ve never been an intellectual writer. I just want to scare the s*** out of you (metro.co.uk)