The movie 2012 recently came out, and in its opening weekend it dominated the box office. People ponder the good and bad in our world. Many generations have wondered for centuries just how long our world will survive. Your companion books, The Giver and Gathering Blue, clearly show that you have also contemplated the world we live in now and the worlds that could occur in the future. No one knows for sure what will actually force a drastic change in our world. It could be caused by war, global warming, natural disasters, or the Apocalypse. In reading these two books I found two key questions to ponder -- one, what will cause our current world's demise, and two, what does a better world encompass?
When pondering what will cause drastic change in our world, I settled for us as humans forgetting to take care of each other and the world. People will forget to work together and forget that we all have more in common than different. People will forget to talk and forget to find simple solutions to world problems. As we work together we need to respect our environment and remember that we are all important. Balance is very important in all aspects of our world and lives. Balancing good communication and sincere respect will be the key to saving the earth. In both The Giver and Gathering Blue, it is inferred that massive change occurred because of war and natural disasters. The balance was lost. People broke apart into different communities that were fearful of other societies and forgot to keep important elements of life in balance.
In The Giver the world was too perfect and controlled. In the beginning of the book everything in the community seemed to exist in peaceful harmony. However, as the reader, and Jonas, learns more about the community the balance within this world is clearly skewed. It is clear that you have thought about the perfect world. Do you agree that a perfect world cannot be achieved? I do think that harmony and use of each citizen's talents is important when attempting to create a better world. After reading both of these books, 1 think you would believe that I am on the right track.
In Gathering Blue the community was created around chaos, cruelty, and rudeness. Yet, control was still a part of it; the council was able to control by fear. When I read this I thought about how I am controlled by fear. Sometimes, my parents use a certain amount of fear to keep me out of trouble. This can be as simple as, "Do you want us to take away your computer?" Fear is clearly used much more in Kira's world then in my house or my school. I am not saying that fear is a great element in life, but I can see how some of it might be needed for protection.
Both Jonas and Kira chose different ways to help their communities grow and change. Jonas left so that the memories could be released, and Kira stayed so that she could use her talents and influence change. After reading these books, I have decided that whatever a "perfect" world encompasses requires each of us to step up and to take part. It is not always easy, but I believe if we all work together and realize that we all have more in common than different we won't ruin the world and we can make the world we live in now a better place that will not face demise.
I look forward to reading the next companion book, The Messenger. As I read and discuss this book I will continue to ponder the questions I brought up earlier. Then, I may have to write you another letter in order to share more of connections and beliefs, that I have come to accept on a personal level.