What is the Meaning of Life ¿
Until the prophesies of “X-men” come to fruition and humanity undergoes an official onset evolution, the meaning of life is very simple.
How different are we from the characters in Never Let Me Go? As far as production and purpose are concerned, the average person’s impact upon the world, whether it be their destruction of the natural environment, constant consumption of its resources and those produced by the pain and labor of others. or the strife brought upon their fellow brothers and sisters, is negative, a taking rather than a contribution or “completion”, as seen in Never Let Me Go, while the farmed people of Hail-sham, in Never Let Me Go, create and produce extremely useful resources for the world, vital organs for others, yet even when they literally rip out the hearts from their chests, solace evades them.
This is because their figurative hearts have long been ripped out.
The reason for the over-riding motif of futility in the novel can be traced to the clones’ society’s lack of the religious philosophy, self entitlement, or love that comprises our world’s societies and its psychological stability, for without these ‘mythologies’, the meaning of life fades into nihilism. In a funny kind of way, what many of the assigned readings‘ societies‘ deem archaic and destructive, is actually what keeps our evolution going. The bleak meaning of life and people’s lack of purpose beyond “completions” is a result of humanity’s devolution.
Surely, development and flourishing cannot be the cause of the horrid states found in each reading. The most known and potent testimony to humanity is found in “The Holy Bible”. The ‘book‘ (the word translates into the “bible”) is a tradition at the heart of our culture, and a potent metaphor for what is always lost in the readings’ futuristic tales.
In the opening of Genesis, there are two different and contradictory accounts of the creation of Adam, one in Chapter One of Genesis and the other in Chapter Two. The first Adam seeks to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28), but Adam the Second has different goals. He is not interested in how things work but in why the cosmos exists and what message it carries. Both personality types are willed by God, but the contemplative part of each human, the second, is slowly devolving in opposite correlation to technology. No questions or answers to create?
In calculating the meaning of life, keep in mind the personified caveat of Adam the Second and the irony of it being in the Bible, the same type of ideal that needs preservation.
Today religion provides opiates for the masses, consumerism for identity, and technological stimulation for amusement, so little is left for people to produce on their own, to be proud of, and find meaning in. The importance of personal productivity and creative imagination in Never Let Me Go supposedly lies in the indication or production of a soul for each person, and as we grow closer and closer to the utopian state, I will be able to take pride in this blog or “completion”. Perhaps Dupre can incorporate people’s personal philosophies into sources of hereditary info.
This is all to suggest that, even though utopian leaders advocate that beliefs of any kind cause the problems that gave ruin to their pasts, as long as technology, most notably genetic research and the like, is promised to permeate the future, humanity is being given a crutch. Most likely, the idea that technology hinders humanity is overshadowed by the many inconveniences and mundane tasks being taken care of by technology and allowance of humanity to concentrate on ‘higher’ tasks. The computer, a miraculous machine opens doors to connectivity, innovation, and better productivity and meaning in life, yet when forty nano-seconds are wasted on having to ‘x’ out a pop-up ad, the innate tolerance for technology’s benefits becomes apparent, showing that the technological and scientific progressions, in a sense, at least, probably the sixth, do not exist. No one truly acknowledges that medical sciences immunized them from the Mumps,nor truly appreciates any other technological progression, yet, logically, the face of the world should change with each triumph.
The real caveat is not people’s unawareness of the progress they make, though.
Humanity’s soul’s alienation from contemporary and forecasted futuristic society, her loneliness, is a function not of society’s technological pursuits but of its morality.
As Fukuyama might say,
Sorry, but your soul just died…
Adam W. Gill