Monday, July 13, 2009

SOAPSTone on Enough

For any written work a reader should be able to distinguish two layers of structure: one being the surface level plot thread and the second being the deeper intent and the author’s purpose. Enough by Bill McKibben opens the door and sheds some light on the dusty opinion of an environmentalist who lives in the world built by the futurist. McKibben, as an author and environmentalist, has a strong opinion of leaning humanity more on natural solutions, localized economies, and the strength of community. He seems to be a man who wishes to build a compromise between technology and the earth, creating some sort of fusion of old and new world ideas. With this world we nurture today, McKibben sees it as important that we get a hold of ourselves when it comes to how much we allow technology and these “new gods” to anchor themselves within our lives. He’s writing this book now because he sees the time as the turning point in our collective human history.
Enough is a book filled with metaphors and science lingo. Mainly for the reason that it is supposed to jog one’s mind into overactive thought. With that said, McKibben writes Enough not for the average audience, instead it is for those who ask the questions and think about the larger picture. He intends as an author and a voice to, again, make you, as a reader, ask the questions. McKibben wants to you dust off that moral line and modify it to your own specifications for this new age of ethics. Those ethics being the question of whether man should be able to “play god” in a sense and change the species by the use of genetic engineering and nanotechnology.
McKibben as the author sees the coming of the “engineered age” as a post-human dystopia where we will loose our individuality and sense of humanity. With that in mind, the tone of Enough is all about persuasion and defending a personal opinion. McKibben can also come as a somewhat self-centered person in spots. Yet, for a work like this, it is a tone that is needed. McKibben needs to play himself up as the “only right man” on the planet, otherwise why would a reader allow themselves to trust anything the man is saying.

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