Theme Of Human Nature In Childhood's End

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Throughout the book Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, many aspects of human society are exposed and put on center stage to be criticized. In his book, about a futuristic utopia he shows how different events and innovations may threaten to alter our society in ways that may not always benefit humankind. In the book Clarke states his belief that humanity will become “passive sponges-- absorbing but never creating”, (135). There are many qualities of humans that are brought to light in Clarke’s book. Human nature is complex and complicated. In Childhood’s End there is a quote that represents exactly how humans are, “As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams,” (83). For example when person gets an iPhone they are all excited until the next one comes out. They then want the new one because it’s “better” than the last. Another part of being human is wanting to defy the authority in someway. In Clarke’s book an example of people doing this is the colony of New Athens. These people believe that when the Overlords came to Earth they took away important parts of their culture so they make a colony where the entire community is based around science and art. Like this book, people in the real world want to improve their status and to show that they can do what they want. People, to improve their status, often will do anything in their power to achieve

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