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Break from Dust Bowl…Back to Apocalypse!

Posted in Popular Culture, Post-Apocalypse, Religious Roots, Rhetoric on February 25, 2010 by juneaudale

So i feel it is now a moot point to be enrolled in this class. What’s the point in discussing the history, rhetoric, ideas and theories of a subject that is already apparently upon us? Good luck and God speed!


When all is at it’s worst…make it better

Posted in Natural Disasters, Religious Roots, Risk & Fear, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2010 by juneaudale

The Parable of the Sower… Dark, Bleak, Dystopic, Beautiful. In this narrative set in the future where the world (California) has become a state of  collapse from environmental degeneration, scarce resources, poverty,  drug induced pyro sociopaths, murderers and survivors, a young woman  escapes her destroyed community after her family is murdered. Lauren who experiences “Hyper-empathy” decides to migrate North with other survivors in desperate search for anything better where her privately developed religion “earth seed” can take root and flourish.

This is a tale of survival, of poverty, of racism. It is a cautionary tale because the future presented as Butler states “is alarming but possible.”(pg337) It has hints of Millinarianism, of colonialism and an eluding towards an apocalyptic apparition of final demise. It is a tale of loss, of pain, passion, love and so much ever present that swims deep amid the human condition. But most of all,  Parable of the Sower is a lesson in morality. As a parable defined, it is in short “a short tale that illustrates universal truth.”  As mentioned, Lauren, the main character possesses  hyper empathy syndrome which was passed on to her in the womb by her mother through the abuse of a drug named Paracetco .  She literary feels the pain and joys of others . However, it is this “hyper empathy”  ultimately that leads her to truth. Her empathy acts as  her moral compass. Acting on impulse for Lauren comes with it much greater and deeper consequences and so she must choose correctly. Through constant hardship, struggle, intelligence and empathy,  Lauren slowly and patiently weaves her image of god that will in time and in hope, transcend  her blend of various ideas, philosophies, and observations  into her own “earthseed” religion. The ever present reoccurring truth identified throughout this narrative as expressed by Lauren is “change.” In her earthseed verses,  the “true one and right one”(pg 24) Lauren “keeps coming back to”(pg 24)  states “God exists to be shaped, God is change” (pg 25)

Her world as so vividly portrayed page after page demonstrates the power of change. It is the only definable reality for her. It is her ultimate truth. And from her world as horrid as it is, she takes that truth and shapes  and sculpts it into her own vision. It is her vision of hope  and survival of the “earthseed” to “eventually take root in the stars.” It is her chosen path to resist. For in her words ” resistence isn’t always safe, but often necessary”(pg134)and in the end when all is at it’s worst…a change is made, and she makes it better.

“Are you a sunshine kind of person” (reply)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2010 by juneaudale

“Cronon points out that how we view nature will reflect in the point we get out of an environmental narrative” (rcspray)
I would like to add about perspective and context.

I recall a quote that goes something like the following:
‘All the answers to the universe already exist, it’s up to us to find them.’From this expression brings to me an inspiration.The untapped knowledge and answers are in constant existence among us. Knowledge, wrapping around our skin as our essence a ruder steering us amid the experiential and speculative that time brings forth. Answers, breathing in and out of our existence:some known and knowing to us, others in ignorance. A rudders wake leaving behind a teaching unto another, or possibly an offense.

How well we relate to an expression of a person place thing or idea depends upon our own personal identification or concept with that person place thing or idea. We can not fully feel and know the “wet” of our existence if we haven’t felt the harsh and dry of the sun. We can not know the light, if we have never experienced the dark. The light only becomes an acceptable stark presence after a period of darkness. But over time, we get used to the light that was once blinding and become desensitized to it’s presence for better and for worse. Ironically; metaphorically and literally speaking, staring into the light long enough will make us blind to it. (And so the cycle continues) I guess my point is, i feel life can only be properly or fully understandable through as much experience as possible. Through this experience can we generate different views and develop various contextual perspectives on life about our very nature inside and out. Is our nature a “paradise? Or a wasteland? Plentiful and fruitful?” I believe they are all these things. For the mind and eyes that created this perspective made it so and will forever be imprinted on those who influence and create the next layer of perspective thought and reality for others to ponder. In a literary context on the nature of “things” can we share and learn and come to a better understanding!? And so the cycle continues.