I just finished this book yesterday, and it is quite weird. Fascinating, but strange. It’s about a future society where men throughout the world have inexplicably become sterile and there are no children. No children have been born for twenty years. People realize that the days of the human race are numbered, so it’s a very difficult time.
The thing that I keep thinking about is the fact that, in this society, no one really cares about anything. It seems that without the promise of a future generation, people lose their sense of purpose. Even when a man takes over the government and begins to make decisions more as a dictator than a democracy, they really don’t care– as long as they are allowed to live a peaceful and comfortable life. Old people are dispatched as they outlive their usefulness, people are banished for life in punishement for any petty crime (whether proven guilty or not,) foreign people groups are used as slaves, but since none of that really affects the majority of people, they are indifferent. They don’t have the spirit to think about justice or injustice, they simply want to live out their lives as comfortably as they can. You do meet two people in the course of the book who have retained faith in God, and they are some of the very few who care.
It makes me wonder… If there were no hope of a future generation, and no hope of life after death, how much would we care about our daily lives? Would there be any reason to build your business, to fight for truth, to care about anything?
And as I thought about that, I realized that our society is closer to that end than we might think. Consider Planned Parenthood and the radical gender-blender/feminists, who are trying their best to sterilize (or nullify through homosexuality and abortion) the current generation. No wonder so many young people are aimless and have no goal in life! When you don’t have a vision of your children and grandchildren, and no faith that there is a purpose bigger than this eighty or so years of life, what IS the point?
I also had to think that this particular scenario (sterility) is probably not the only one where people might give in to apathy. Are we verging on a time in our real world where we no longer care about truth or justice, as long as we are given a comfortable and peaceful life?