“Dumped” was a reality TV show and eco-experiment which was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2-5 September 2007. If you didn’t see the programme, you can find more about it here.
One of the things I noticed from the Dumped experiment was that some people seemed to take the attitude that suffering the hardship of living in a s#!thole, in the knowledge that they were going to be taken back home at the end of it all anyway was preferable to making the effort do something about that ‘hole right now.
There’s an interesting parallel, I think, with religions that promise an afterlife in heaven if you just put up with life on Earth for long enough and don’t do anything positive for the here-and-now.
Of course, what we saw on the dump was that the “death-cultists” were actually suffering noticeably (to us; I’m not sure they noticed it). Everyone’s mood was lifted when the new shelter was built, even the ones who didn’t think it was worth making the effort at first.
What could we achieve if instead of bickering about whose “fantasy theme park for dead people” was the nicest, we actually worked together at making a difference in the real world just for awhile?