Art imitates, or
predates, reality. Matt Damon and Jodie
Foster, in 2013, starred in the title movie about a future society where the privileged
few held all the cards while the rest were subjected to a third rate
existence. With reports from Davos of the moneyed class buying getaways in
Elysium – the abode of the blessed after death in mythology, a place we dream of reaching, so blessed that we would even forfeit our dream to grant a loved one the chance to reach it. Would that our society still valued such sacrifice or, even yet, still held hope for such a reality for ourselves or others. Day by day, it seems that such a place is ever foreign to our current reality and hope of attainment. Our reality grows ever closer to that of the outcasts from Elysium, with economic inequality reaching new heights, the hope for a better future ever dimmed, and technology, instead of bringing leisure in its best sense, where we have opportunity for self improvement, instead bringing ever less security and hope for attaining a living wage.