Lauren lived by her own rules and tried to explain to people that the world can be shaped, so that everyone could have a better future. Everyone has choices and the choice that they choose can change the world or action of another person. Lauren thought of change as a cycle if she could change one person’s ideology then it could become a cycle and she could succeed in creating her utopian world. You can’t force a person to change if they are not willing to change. Every choice a person makes, there will always be a cause and effect. Some of our choices have dyer consequences. Everyone wants to think of the good and not the bad; no one wants to think of what consequences may occur because of wrong decisions. Change can happen in multiple ways; Lauren realized she couldn’t change her world by herself. Fixing society means she had to recruit people and persuade them to recognize the problems instead of ignoring them.
In the article “WE NEED STARS”: Change, Community, and the Absent Father in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Mathias Nilges; the author believes that Lauren makes change into God, she transforms change into a religion. By doing this she makes change into a permanent structure which she follows as a faith (Nilges). In a religion there are set guidelines that many follow, Mathias explains that a true believer of change is God will be able to explain and simplify the complexities in Lauren’s world (Nilges). Mathias stated that “Earthseed had created a new paternalistic social structure by “shaping” change and difference to into a new set of laws of the father”, this is because Earthseed had created their own rules and regulations to embrace their new lifestyle (Nilges). Many of the people in Parable of the Sower have no family structure, so for them living by Earthseed’s rules is the closest thing they have to a family structure. Every family household has rules; Earthseed shouldn’t be seen as different because they live by Earthseed verses. According to the article, Lauren embraced change and continued to use change as a universal system of determination.
There are people in the world, who want a better world and there are others that believe that the world is fine the way is currently is. Lauren wants change in her world but if her world was fine before what changed? Change happened, to their so called “perfect world”. Change made Lauren’s world such chaos, it’s actually ironic that Lauren believes that the same thing that ruined her world can also fix it. No one wants to ever realize the problems in their world; they rather ignore them and continue to live their lives.
Society had made Lauren’s world look more dystopian, than it normally would to others. It would be easier not to look at their world’s flaws than embrace them rather than fight it all at the same time (Nilges). Society has a way of changing ones opinion the problems in the world. Everyone loves to pass judgment but no one wants to take the blame for its problems. Lauren’s world is filled with so much violent acts and I believe Butler was speaking of the never-ending cycle that violence will continue. Society is the cause for all of the violence that has occurred in the world. In Parable of the Sower, it was easier for children to kill than acknowledge the problems compared to our society it’s easier for people to buy a gun than for children to buy alcohol. In some cases in the book, violence was inevitable and sometimes violence was needed to survive (Outterson, 449).
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Outterson, Sarah. "Diversity, Change, Violence: Octavia Butler's Pedagogical Philosophy." Utopian Studies: Journal of the Society for Utopian Studies (UtopSt) 2008; 19 (3): 433-56. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 02 Apr. 2011.