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Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
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Jul 21, 11

bookshelves: adult, sci-fi
Read from July 08 to 21, 2011

This book is excellent and contains so much wisdom. I love the complexities of the moral/ethical dilemmas many of the characters face and the way Orson Scott Card subtly deals with the nature of religion: how it can so easily be corrupted and twisted into a weapon used to enslave others. When people attach themselves so rigidly to dogma and ritual, they close themselves off from the world. Their immovable "faith" creates a sort of tunnel vision view of life in which they evaluate everything--accept it, distort it, or reject it--according to how it fits in with their existing worldview. Card implies that it is much better, much wiser, to seek out truth and adapt to it. To trust our observations and capability of reason. To learn. And to share new knowledge with others instead of hoarding it in an attempt to create a hierarchy of wisdom and ignorance (or of holiness and baseness). Card doesn't preach this at us. He is a prime example of how to show, not tell. I came to my own conclusions after watching his story unfold and empathizing with a number of characters, each with their own struggle. I'm looking forward to starting Children of the Mind, the next and last installment of Ender's Saga.
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