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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.

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