While spending some days cursing one Turkish interner service provider
for not fixing their network problem sooner, I at least managed to
reada few novels I otherwise would probably have never had time to read.
One was “Never let me go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
(Spoiler warning: don’t read if you don’t like spoilers)
I do think I’d probably enjoyed it more if I was a child, but
it was pretty decent reading. Very easy reading too, since I didn’t
notice the writer taking me down a syntactical garden path even once.
So unlike much of the scientific stuff I’ve read in recent years,
although I do suspect that has something to do with not having to explain
complex ideas explicitly. Anyway, the book tells afictional story about people, clones,
who are conceived for the sole purpose of using them for curing other
ordinary (non-clone) people. In particular, the story is mainly about such clones
who are brought up in a particularly humane environment where they are prepared
to be ready to fulfill their premeditated destinies in a soft mind
control environment not unlike public education in many countries. It’s kind of hard to believe, at least for a born-again rebel like me,
but nobody in the story actually rebels against his or her destiny; instead
all the clones do what they are supposed to do and become “donors” in the end. No matter if it spells their early deathsand they don’t have that much real freedom in choosing how to live their lives.
Though I guess that isn’t that unrealistic after all since so many people seem
to be like that in real life too – like sheep that is. At best, they are just rebelling against the ideas some schemers have convinced them to rebel against using usually quite empty rhetoric instead of thinking very hard what it is
they should really be rebelling against themselves. And of course, it is quite believable
that ordinary people don’t want to think about the clones that much after their
existence has become so convenient; after all no common man is stupid enough to believe clones could have souls. Much like the case of animals in modern societies. Though I would suspect it would be much harder to initially gather support for such an idea. But if that could be done, the momentum would soon again be against change.