One would be hard pressed to find a person these days that has not been touched either directly or indirectly by a horrible illness. Aids, cancer, emphysema, not to mention other unwanted problematic conditions such as weight loss, and the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to not only remedy such ailments, but to completely wipe it out altogether? This is the very question that I found myself asking while reading Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Hunger Games.
In it, characters find themselves being “repaired” through ointments and other unknown methods. Katniss, the main character, was deafened in one ear from an explosion while partaking in the games series. Upon her exit of the games however, she was taken off and her hearing fixed completely. What a wondrous talent this would be. To be able to snap ones fingers and find that such things could be eliminated, the wheels of time turned back to healthier days gone by.
It is true that Suzanne Collins series certainly paints a destitute future, one which is full of poverty ridden, thwarted people throughout the districts. Yet aside from the districts, there is a distinct knowledge of healing powers. This adds to the power that is possessed and held over the rest of the district residents heads, and is portrayed as such in both The Hunger Games novel and The Hunger Games movie. One would hope that if such a power existed, that it would be shared throughout the whole world. Thus, allowing both the rich and poor to benefit equally.
As we are well aware, this indeed is a fictional novel derived from Suzanne Collins’ brilliant mind. However, I’m left wondering if these miracles will be a way of the future. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that it was not uncommon for people to die of such things as infections and common colds. Perhaps too, we will find our futuristic selves struggling less with the battle of the above mentioned problems, and dealing more with the realization that fear of these dreadful things is warranted no more. That for every problem that one could possibly have, that there lies a solution.