The Kobayashi Maru (Redux)

author: Nathan Acks
date: 2018-06-23

Two years ago I wrote that:

2016 is the Kobayashi Maru scenario of Western democracy.

I still stand by this statement, though today I might say instead:

The first decades of the 21st Century are the Kobayashi Maru scenario of Western democracy.

I think that many more people might agree with me now. After all, there’s a lot of talk these days about how we’re all well and truly fucked, from our economies to our environment to our politics.

But in all this acknowledgment of the fucked-ness of our collective future, I do think that we tend to forget one thing…

The most important part of the Kobayashi Maru scenario is not that it is impossible to win. It is that, in facing the impossibility of winning, we reveal the true content of our character.