Adaptation not annihilation


I have been visiting Jordan for the first time. A relative of mine, who has lived here for a year, said the country is the fourth poorest in terms of water in the world. He was saying how they get a monthly water delivery to the tanks on their roof. If you run out of water before the end, it’s very expensive to get more.

Having driven from Amman to Petra yesterday, it is not hard to believe this. There are stretches of the way there that would not look out of place on Mars or the moon. Even in Petra where there is some water, the amount of dust is amazing.

In spite of this, and the high cost of gas, the country still functions. People go on about their business, adapting to the circumstances. Water is scarce, but there are not water wars or any of the other things that are staples of science fiction dystopias.

While the Road Warrior/Hunger Games worlds provide the drama that makes for engrossing fiction, they do not seem to represent the reality of most human existence. Instead, it seems that we manage to adapt and find ways to continue living. Sea of Dreams is an attempt to imagine such a future, and tell an interesting story in a future that is not a superabundant utopia nor a dog-eat-dog dystopia.

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