Monday, June 7, 2010

Not a Teaser Tuesday

Warning: This is NOT a Teaser Tuesday post.  First of all, it isn't even Tuesday.  But the following quote is neither random nor one sentence long.  Every so often, an author is able to break from the stereotypes of a genre and deliver a transcendent piece of wisdom with his or her writing.  I believe that the following quote is an example of one of these times.  From Feed, written by Mira Grant, a novel about zombies and bloggers, comes a starlingly sharp and unapologetic analysis of the state of the world we find ourselves in:

"We are a nation accustomed to being afraid.  If I'm being honest, not just with you, but with myself, it’s not just the nation and it’s not just something we’ve grown used to.  It’s the world, and it’s an addiction.  People crave fear.  Fear justifies everything.  Fear makes it okay to have surrendered freedom after freedom until our every move is tracked and recorded in a dozen databases the average man will never have access to.  Fear creates, defines, and shapes our world and without it, most of us would have no idea what to do with ourselves.  Our ancestors dreamed of a world without boundaries while we dream new boundaries to put around our homes, our children, and ourselves.  We limit our potential day after day in the name of a safety that we refuse to ever achieve.  We took a world that was huge with possibility and we made it as small as we could.  Feeling safe yet?"

Stay tuned for my full review of Feed, as well as an interview with Mira Grant.

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