I honest to goodness feel as though people of color like myself are living in one of those dystopian societies that is so popular right not. Like District 12 IRL.
One of my favorite videos to watch on YouTube is called “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” by author Rob Bryanton. I admit I know as much about string theory as I do about the mating habits of butterflies—which is nothing at all—but the idea of multiple dimensions fascinates me. The thought that there are different versions of myself living completely different lives steaming from alternate decisions made at crucial moments gets my imagination tripping like a cat high on catnip.
I wish I had a magic mirror that let me peek into these other worlds to see how the decisions I made in this RPG called Life on Earth stack up against decisions made in alternate play-throughs. Where would I be if I hadn’t gotten sidetracked and finished college on time? What if I actually had a couple of kids? What if I had chosen a different job class and became computer programmer instead of writer? Would those decisions have lead to a better or worse life, or would those roads have all lead to the exact same place I am now except with a different backstory?
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.” – Gene Roddenberry
The Kingdom of Legerdemain is the third area the player visits in the game. At least two (maybe more) critical plot points occur there. Unlike the Kingdom of Figmenton, Legerdemain is very poor. In fact, it is the poorest kingdom in the story.
[Click here to read about the Kingdom of Figmenton]
[Click here for a brief overview of Keloryn: The Darkening]
The country’s poverty is the result of bad choices made by the kings who ruled it, but the current king and the people blame their troubles on another kingdom called Miraja. It started with the ruler of North Kingdom (before it went defunct). The king decided to invade Miraja to take control of the advanced technology the people had developed. However, he underestimated just how powerful Miraja was, and what was supposed to be a quick win turned into a years-long war that bankrupted him.
So you’ve probably heard by now that Micheal Brown’s killer will face no repercussions for his actions. I don’t even want to say his name. He’s just filthy piece of shit to me from this point on. The FPOS murdered someone and then went on television to brag about how he would do it again. No words exist to describe how enraged and disappointed I am about this. I can’t even process my emotions even after spending a day and half tweeting and retweeting in rage about it. I’m so upset that I’ve put NaNoWriMo on hold and I doubt I will complete it. I’m too heartbroken to feel creative.
My problem is that I want to believe I live in a just world, but the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. George Carlin once said, “Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist.” I think I have officially crossed the threshold.
I hope the Browns are able to get through this holiday season without their son and can find a way to bear the weight of the injustice done to them. I am confident, though, that the universe will deliver a nice big ironic smackdown to the FPOS who caused all this pain and anguish. It’s just a matter of when.