English Comp.3 Sec#9
What new notions appear in this chapter?
The idea of why man’s destiny is to destroy the Earth is introduced. Man’s
destiny, as we have learned from Chapter 1 to Chapter 4, is to conquer and rule
the world. He may do as he wishes to his territory, the pile of dirt that was made
for him. And so his conquest is to destroy the world, believing there is no
limitation, that the world is a “bottomless pit” (80). But man does not wish for
destruction, he wants peace and paradise on Earth. However, due to his inborn
flaws, man continues to ruin what is supposed to be paradise. His imperfections
come from his lack of knowledge of the way to live. Ultimately, because there is
no absolute knowledge of the way to live, man continues to mess up Paradise.
Also, he will never have this knowledge because, according to Mother Culture,
there is no one righteous way to live. Hence, man destroys the Earth not because
he means to but because he does not know how to live and how to stop the
destruction. After all, how do we make a perfect world when we are, ourselves,
flawed? Going back to The Tragedy of the Commons by Garret Hardin, there
would not be a tragedy without the flaws of mankind. If man is not selfish, instead
of seeking to maximize his own benefits and exploit commons or public
resources, man, perhaps, would realize his responsibilities and protect the Earth.
What is the role of prophets in Taker civilization (according to Ishmael)? Why do
you suppose they have not helped humanity solve its problems?
The role of prophets in Taker civilization, according to Ishmael, is to tell man
how to live; what to do and what not to do. Also, I believe that as the Takers, we
have prophets to put our faith and hope in when things get tough on Earth. They