Disillusioned, due to the slow pace at which we are trying to do something against the Co emissions, climate change and the post-apocalyptic consequences of our present behavior in about 20 tot 50 years, I picked up Ben Elston's Blind faith set in a distopic, disease ridden London after the city shrunk, in a time called ATF: after the flood. (In that era they wouldn't know how to read a long sentence like that because books, real books are forbidden.) The title of the book refers to the kind of bleak urban society that evolved: nudity and sex, entertainment, vast social electronic networks, faith and no privacy, even an obligation to you-tube your life and to blog every action, pervasive chat screens and camera's in one's home and cctv everywhere. The state, the inquisition and the policy spy, secrets are forbidden. It is a fast, funny, read that makes one think because the faith based society that Ben Elton describes resembles the fundamentalist evangelicals in the US, the black stockings congregations in Holland and other mixes of Christianity, new age and absolute power. It is a chilling vision of one of our possible, yet undesirable futures. Being different, just small defiances are noticed, thinking, looking for understanding and reason is subversive and ignorance is wisdom... The big floods are not caused by melting icecaps but were send by the wrath of Love (god) to punish humanity for their arrogance... Almost too close to home is the longing for celebrity, the public lives people seem to think normal. I believe as one of the characters I can blog and be 'unknown' since nobody reads all the stuff that is on the net anyway. Thumbs up for this picture of a dystopic now.