By Orson Scott Card
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Orson Scott Card deals a Christmas reward to his hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts with this brief novel set in the course of Ender's first years on the conflict university the place it truly is forbidden to rejoice spiritual vacations. The little ones come from many countries, many faiths; whereas they're being knowledgeable for warfare, non secular clash among them isn't really at the curriculum. yet Dink Meeker, one of many older scholars, doesn't see it that manner. He thinks that giving presents isn't precisely a spiritual remark, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a gift into one other student's shoe.
This small act of uprising units off a conflict royal among the scholars and the employees, yet a few excellent alliances shape whilst Ender comes up opposed to a brand new scholar, Zeck Morgan. The struggle over Santa Claus will strength all people to choose.
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Further, I will argue that, deliberately or not, Bergson’s soteriology is left crucially incomplete, open to and perhaps inviting supplementation by something or someone that, from its own perspective, remains as yet unknown: in Dickian vocabulary, a divine invasion. Mechanization and the war-instinct Bergson’s Two Sources is a work of urgency, despite or because of its late appearance in his life and career. Like several of his contemporaries who had attempted to investigate the origins of religion, Bergson was motivated by a concern for the plight of contemporary and future humanity.
I will suggest that what Bergson offers in Two Sources may be considered an immanent soteriology: a theory or logic of salvation (as opposed to a theological contribution to the study of existing doctrine) stripped of any necessary ontologically transcendent aspects, which is nevertheless unthinkable 30 The Philosophy of Science Fiction without some concept, image or intimation of the transcendent. This strange hybrid of immanent and transcendent paradigms is conceived as a necessary response to the set of modern conditions in which the mechanization of human life – its reduction to the literal or symbolic status of the non-living – demands to be addressed as a fundamentally material, real threat, yet which in its nearinfinite reach, almost unavoidably, in thought and image, takes on a sublime or quasi-divine dimension.
Yet only in Two Sources does he directly link this tendency to mechanization in the social sense of industrialization and its concomitant ethico-political transformations. Here he associates the mechanizing tendencies that he had already identified as aspects of the biological development of life and the psychic functioning of the human, with the human tendency towards violent conflict. This tendency is so embedded in human social and biological existence that Bergson refers to it as a ‘war-instinct’, explaining it as follows: ‘the origin of war is ownership, individual or collective, and since humanity is predestined to ownership by its structure, war is natural’ (MR: 284).
A War of Gifts (Ender, Book 1.5) by Orson Scott Card