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The Wisdom of Octavia Butler

Posted in ideas with tags , on April 16, 2008 by artofpeace

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About a year ago, my brother turned me on to the novel, Parable of the Sower, by the late renowned SF writer Octavia Butler. The book was a near future epic that detailied the rise of social decay in Los Angeles.

Before my son was born I had already been concerned about the future, and how life would change in Los Angeles as well as in the world if we kept heading down our current trajectory. In many ways, Butler’s words gave voice to those ideas, albeit in frightening ways and with tangible power. I almost felt at times, that she was speaking about Los Angeles today, and it was disturbing how she tapped into such alternate, but increasingly possible realities.

One of the central themes that really affected was the power of ignorance, and the ways that fascism can begin to color our lives without us even knowing.

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