Life in the Future

The Novel, The Grass is Always Browner takes a look at a future where people have  changed their lives to:

  1. Reject party politics
  2. Participate in local government
  3. Demand developers compensate people who would be adversely affected
  4. Reject state and federal government provision of the services you need where they could be provided under the control of people who live locally
  5. Use less water
  6. Use less non renewable energy
  7. Possess fewer material objects
  8. Reject the material growth mantra
  9. Seek growth of spiritual development opportunities
  10. Limit local population number to a level that will sustain natural resource supply
  11. Provide resources locally for requested immigrants
  12. Demand scientists and engineers declare sponsorship biases and any refuting evidence they know
  13. Oppose manipulation of scientific findings and engineering practices by corporations, governments and religions
  14. Review the locus of control and inertia in their relationships.

When you read, The Grass is Always Browner, you will be challenged to consider firstly changing your own lifestyle and then volunteering to assist others in the community who need help.
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  1. I am tired of being chalenged. When I read a piece of fiction, I just want to escape the reality of my life. Will I achieve this by reading your Novel?

    • Because it is so far in the future but is an extrapolation from the present, you can choose to read it for escape or be challenged to be critical. The novel is optimistic and presents future solutions to major challenges today. The people of the future lead significantly better lives. They have more independence, more leisure, better social opportunities and are more caring for strangers. Relationships of all kinds are better understood and are actively kept healthier. You may be diverted from your reality by reading about Abajoe’s romance with Siti and how they overcome their challenges.

  2. Materialista

    I wonder if people will want to posses ‘fewer material objects’ and ‘seek spiritual development opportunities’? Won’t many people lack the baseline physical essentials that would allow them to effectively meditate?

  3. I agree that you need to have satisfied physical needs for shelter, food and health before being able to meditate. But if there was no advertising of many of the items in Fly-Buys Catalogues, Kmart and Department stores, few would miss them. People would spend less time on shopping, cleaning and maintenance, with more time for meditation.

  4. Freya Katrina

    From the brief description here this sounds like a very ambitious new title from Zeus. The type of governance outlined above seems to me like anarchism plus environmentalism. Would the author agree with this assessment?

    • My book does not predict anarchy. Anarchy is defined as:
      1. Absence of any form of political authority.
      2. Political disorder and confusion.
      3. Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose. (Free Online Dictionary)
      The Grass Is Always Browner describes Australia in the future with most political authority devolved to local governments. On issues of common interest they will coordinate with each other. The cohesive principle is individual self-altruism, which means attending to one’s own needs first and when these are satisfied, volunteering help to local government. The common standard is the New Science. The common purpose is the goals of the local community as in its local parliament, executive, judiciary and planning tribunal. How these bodies function is explained.
      However, this system is opposed by centralists and Yamists who want Australia to become a religious state. The nation is on the brink of civil war during much of the novel. There is political disorder from dictatorship and an opposition that resists from underground and then leads insurgency from exile. There is some political confusion when Siti leads activists against the ban on immigration and when Abajoe bombs an immigration facility. My book does not explicitly predict environmentalism, which is defined as:
      1. Advocacy for or work toward protecting the natural environment from destruction or pollution.
      2. The theory that environment rather than heredity is the primary influence on intellectual growth and cultural development.(Free Online Dictionary)
      The Grass Is Always Browner assumes that industrial pollution controls restrict energy availability and industry. There has been a significant rise in sea level. Intellectual growth and cultural development are attributed to self-sufficiency, self-determination within communal living and meditation rather than environmentalism.

  5. The future sounds like hard work…but perhaps that is a perspective that the here-and-now foists upon me. I look forward to reading how this state of affairs comes about. Also, it occurs to me that it isn’t entirely clear whether the future you describe is utopian or dystopian. If I were a developer who sought to ruthlessly exploit gullible people then I suspect the latter.

    • In my book, a non-material utopia comes at the cost of growing your own food and growing older in a community of your choice. At the time the novel is set, most people have accepted that lifestyles must be self-sustainable. This has led to material minimalism and low energy, low water use living in a subsistence economy. Most people grow their own food. There is hard work but there is less obesity and people are healthier. They are less stressed by jobs and live much longer lives. Developments that make no one worse off, after compensation, will be approved. Communities will be the way people who live there want them to be. Developers will be able to make profits but not by taking from the wider community for the benefit of a few.

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