All Our Future Glory
The world has narrowly escaped complete destruction, and rebuilt itself to as close a level of peace and perfection that can logically be attained. And for Marguerite Harper, it's a beautiful world, and one that she wholeheartedly believes in. But not everyone shares her views. And eventually she is forced to question almost everything that she holds as true and righteous. More
Following a devastating global war, mankind was forced to redesign and rebuild the very foundations of their collective existence. Gathering a small conference of representatives from the surviving countries, a new government and societal structure was imagined and created. And for Marguerite Harper, as well as for most of her fellow citizens, the restructured society is the closest to an ideal utopia as humans can hope to come. Though there are chemical restrictions in place - medication that inhibits the release of certain chemicals in order to restrain more volatile or dangerous emotions - these restrictions actually work to allow a greater freedom than the world had ever previously known. The danger does not lie in the restrictions upon their emotions or existence, but in the forces that challenge or attack those restrictions.
Far from living a rigid and colorless existence, the people are thriving, more able to connect to their positive and nurturing emotions, inhibited from losing themselves in the negative sensations of anger, fear, jealousy, as the adrenaline and other chemicals released that correspond to these emotions are targeted by their medication and either shut down or greatly diminished. But the men and women who originally designed the rules for their new society, as well as the parameters of their medication, wanted people, not puppets. They took pains to keep as much freedom and individuality as possible, refraining from establishing stricter regulations and choosing to create a minimally potent form of the medication that was still prone to failure or ineffectiveness. It wasn't total submission that they wanted. They simply wanted a world where peace and prosperity were actual possibilities instead of out-of-reach dreams. Though there are methods that are hidden from the average citizen, methods that border on the severe, for the most part their world is an exercise in freedom-within-accepted-boundaries.
Marguerite has never questioned any of their ways or laws...but others have. Called "Dissonants" and ranging from those with mental or psychological breaks, to those who are unaffected by the medication and incited to confrontational rage, they can pose a threat to the fabric of their society - though most people are unaware of exactly how dangerous that threat can truly be. And suddenly Marguerite finds herself locked inside of a struggle that endangers everything that she believes in, as well as putting her own safety on the line.
But as she learns, the greater issue is not what she can believe or whom she can trust, but what the purpose is behind everything that she has worked so hard to uphold. They may have removed their chains, but in doing so they've also removed everything they ever knew to strive for or try to achieve. In losing its potential for destruction, has mankind also lost its purpose? In a world without war or hate or hunger, what is there for them to fight to obtain or dream of creating? And are their darker, and largely secret, methods of control truly necessary, or are they just forms of hidden brutality?
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