Posts Tagged ‘ orson scott card ’

Children of the Mind

Again, as I am reading the conclusion of Orson Scott Card’s Ender series Children of the Mind, I find another delightful quote:

It [is] better…to be able to select from the whole menu of human achievements than to be bound within one narrow range.

I feel that this means that we should not cast away any tools or ideas we have used and valued in the past culturally, spiritually, or techonologically and we should not shun any new, exciting, frightening advances we are making and will make in the present and future.

You see the range reflected in many poeople. There are still native human tribes that haven’t been exposed to the rest of the world. There are those who draw from the past and reflect it in the present. There are those who are just in love with what the future will bring and do not care at all about what has happened or is currently happening to the world we live in/on. Choosing to focus on any specific range blinds one to the beauty of each individual part and the whole.  But, if we consider it all under the mantle of human creativity we can see and possibly understand what it could all mean and what purpose we serve in our place in this universe.

Pulling back from my philosophical ranting, I’d rather live in a world where we are who we want to be and not what we expect us to be. We will remeber who we are as we change ourselves into something…one wants to say better, but I will say…different.

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Human Unity and Human Will

An interesting and appropriate concept was just brought to my attention in Orson Scott Card’s book Xenocide.

“…when a human being chooses to bond with another person, when he makes a commitment to a community, it is not just a social phenomenon. It’s a physical event as well.” (p. 63)

If you think about it this concept is so simple and so permeating it’s becoming a more exhilarating reality that we are just getting around to actualizing this idea in every possible way. Of course the telephone, broadcast media and internet have all done wonders for our ability to become a realized human community, but I think there is more in store for us very soon. Certain concepts that were strictly in the realm of religion or mysticism will not seem so radical and we will be able to communicate and interact with each other and the universe in many new and exciting ways.

I know I can’t wait.

And I know these ideas to be true because people want to be connected, the will to unite is a powerful thing that is impossible to subvert.