Octavia Butler's Parable Of The Sower

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Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler, is the story of a girl, Lauren, forming a new sort of religion in a post- apocalyptic world. As she travels through the remnants of a lost world, she begins to formulate her own belief system and calls it Earthseed. In short, Earthseed is described as a “combination of Buddhism, existentialism, Sufism” in addition to other worldly beliefs (261). All in all, Lauren hopes to create a new, sustainable religious community, and in turn, one day, a better human society. Despite being raised in a rather religious community and family, with a preacher for a father, Lauren finds faults with the God she has been taught to worship. She learns to shape her own ideas and beliefs about religion and God to adapt to the dystopian world she has been brought up in. This brings us to the question of: what is god? The simple answer to this question, according to Lauren is that “God is Change”. The first chapter entry of the novel explains the fundamentals of Earthseed, she writes: “All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is change. God is Change.” (3). This seems rather logical, especially in the context of a distorted and dangerous world. Lauren does not see God as a divine being, but as an idea or concept; there is no one face of God as God is all around us in the shape of change. How could God be a divine being worthy or worship if he could allow the total destruction of functional society and outbreak

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