Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Out of the Silent Planet

It's taking me longer than a week to read CS Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, but it's more because I don't want to rush it. His words and descriptions of the alien planet Malacandra (Mars) and those who live in it prove that books really do take you places. Aside from that, Ransom's own realizations about Man as he lives among the hrossa seems to be so apt that even in a work of fiction set so far away, everything rings so true.

I'm not one for giving out spoilers, but I just wonder how it would feel to leave Earth and learn that all the universe around you is alive with intelligence, culture and reason--not to mention in the state of perfect harmony. What does that say about us, who have lived for thousands of years in a world completely unaware of the wonders it is missing? What is it in our nature that by simply being cut off from the rest of the universe, we start all these conflicts and trouble, and to our own kind too?

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