Since I started this Blog in July 2008 it has developed quite a bit and a few topics I did not think would make an appearance on it have found their way in. One of these topics is politics.
The first political entry on this blog was President Obama’s (then President Elect) acceptance speech in Chicago, this entry. Since that memorable day a few other politically motivated posts have followed, like Steampunks Against Fascism and yesterday’s entry in solidarity of the Green Movement in Iran. Although I think Steampunk in general is apolitical, there is one aspect where it mixes quite well with politics. I know many a steampunk on the ætherweb who prefers a dystopian or post- or pre-apocalyptic setting.
I do not.
I prefer an utopian or pre-utopian setting where steam, labor and weir science are used to make the world a better place, for everybody. There are real-life causes I believe in, things that I think make this world a better place. I may well be wrong about some of them.
Maybe President Obama will turn out to be an epic failure just like George W. Bush (I doubt that).
Maybe the current coalition government in Germany actually means well for all people in Germany and does not pursue lobbyist oriented politics reminiscent of G.W. Bush’s second term (there are now even members of the CDU who doubt that, see this news article, it is in German, however).
But as long as I am convinced of their validity and that there are people I think have the potential to make this world a better place, I will suport them.
I will also support causes like the Green revolution (I sincerely hope that it will not turn into something selfserving and attrocious like the Islamic revolution 30 years ago).
I am also a member of kiva, which is one real easy way to make this world a better place.
So, as a Steampunk it is good and fun to dream about how a Steampunk Utopia would look like, but I am also a citizen of Actual Reality™ and it is my duty to make this world a better place. I hope I can do my part to bring humanity and the biosphere of this planet onto The Golden Path.
And I will lash out against causes, ideas, organisations and individual people which and whom I consider to be harmful to the well-being of humanity as a whole.
My personal vision of Steampunk makes it imperative for me to strife in real life to make this world a better place. Just sitting at home with your head in the clouds, dreaming of better times and places will change nothing. If anything it means wasting your time and life. If you do nothing but dream, you leave nothing behind. If you stand up and at leat try to make your dreams reality, and I am talking about dreams and visions like “Yes we can” and not like the vision Stalinism has, your dreams may survive you. You made a difference, you are not forgotten.
I close this entry with a quote from the Hávamál, which is, as a student of Norse mythology and other knowledgable people will know, attributed to Woden himself:
Cattle die and kinsmen die,
thyself too soon must die,
but one thing never, I ween, will die, —
fair fame of one who has earned.