Juan Carlos Cantú
Today’s post is provided by Juan Carlos Cantú author of Age Warfare. His book, a fiction novel feels much like non-fiction. As our planet, our society, our world continue to be in peril’s way, a message is offered. Although Age Warfare is a fantasy novel, reading Juan’s intentions that led to his writing, should serve as an eye-opener for us all.
Thank you Juan Carlos Cantú for your wonderful guest post.
Are you a Millennial? Do you feel scapegoated by all the media attention regarding how lazy, entitled, and undeserving you all are? Do you struggle to find a job? Well, although I am at the edge of what the pundits catalog as a Millennial, I do see the numerous injustices this young generation faces. It is almost as if the door for good life opportunities was shut by the 2008 crisis, and those who were lucky enough to have found job or something to do before then were saved. The rest? Well, tough luck. But what’s next? Are we supposed to expect (and accept) that Millennial will be the first generation ever not to reach better living standards than the previous one? Is this the product of the instillment of impossibly high expectation by baby boomer parents who genuinely saw that life was easy when they grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and naively extrapolated their happiness to us?
Well, I think there is some truth to that. The current political structure has been setup to favor the current adult generation. Just look at current social security programs. Do you see politicians arguing in favor of cutting benefits of pensions and retirement programs so that future generations also benefit? I don’t think so. Doing so is a political death sentence if they care to be reelected for the next term. Do we see the younger generation up in arms because the current adult generation will deplete their retirement benefits and leave little for those who retire in 40 years? Well, no. Millennials have more pressing problems, like struggling to find a job with unemployment rates double the national average to pay off their astronomical student debts.
And what about the environment? Climate change is bound to make things even harder on everyone, with some estimating that many important cities around the world will be underwater in the near future. Energy is another problem. Few people talk about it, but the energy return on investment (EROI) of oil (the main source of energy of the industrialized world) is rapidly approaching 1, which is a fancy way to say that soon it will take more energy to extract a barrel of oil than the actual energy contained in that barrel, with the consequences of making every aspect of modern life more expensive.
So everywhere we look, it’s doom and gloom for Millennial.
Now, imagine how things will be for the next generation. You know, the one coming after Millennials. It does not take a genius to know that “devastatingly tough” does not even begin to describe the predicament of what “the millennials of the future” will face.
All of this is what I had in mind when I wrote Age Warfare, a dystopian novel that describes a world in which society is divided by Age Classes, as opposed to Social Classes. A society that grapples with environmental degradation. A society that blocks opportunities to prosper, because prosperity is no longer the aim. Age Warfare tells the story of an exceptional kid –Ethan Maxwell—in this new world, who sees life differently from the rest of the kids, and narrates his journey to make the world a better place. I invite you to accompany Ethan in his journey, which I’m sure you will enjoy.
The year is 2053. The global ecosystem is in a deplorable state. Technology has molded human interaction, behavior, and learning capability, degrading them to a level which decades earlier would have been thought of as pathological. Socially, tensions between the young generation –the limiters—and the older generation –the precollapsers—boil to a point dangerously close to social unrest. Ethan Maxwell is an outstanding kid who wants to make a difference in the world and upend the status quo along with an entire global limiter generation.