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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Parshas Noach - Rebuilding

At this time of year, I sometimes think of the psychological suspense novel I will never write:

Humanity has been all but destroyed. You don't know how because the book begins after the fact. The world looks exactly the same as it does today. A lone person emerges from his bunker to find himself utterly alone. He immediately commits himself to hunt down and communicate with all living people. After a few months, he and six other people who have found each other reach the conclusion that they are the only live human beings on Earth.

Thus begins a new phase of history: Adapting to the new existence. Whether or not humanity will continue is up to them. They will need to cooperate in order to survive... if they decide it's worth surviving. At least one person believes all is lost. The others are driven to rebuild, enamored with the opportunity of starting fresh. Will they manage to repopulate the world? What will their kids be like? (Imagine growing up knowing that the future of humankind literally depends on you.)

Seven people with different personalities and no way to escape the group other than death. They will just have to get along. Will they be able to reach effective decisions about vital matters with their judgement impaired by emotions? Will they ever learn to truly love one another or will there always be unpleasant feelings simmering under the surface?

Meanwhile, supplies are running low. How will they harness an entire history worth of technology to serve them? Remember, while modern innovations speed processes and make production easier, they are designed for mass production and these seven pioneers have to make it work -- or starve. Not your classic desert island situation at all.

What if someone has a preexisting addiction? Will they have to go crazy satisfying it or will s/he be able to snap out of it in this time of need?

At some point, of course, they will also meet up with another individual or group who has been living in isolation all these years... who may have had an entirely different approach... so we see an alternate outcome. But now that they have met, how will this change things? Will they choose to remain together?

On a somewhat unrelated note, also on the parsha though:
We learn that the world was dispersed for the sake of its own survival.
Notice how the world is shrinking by leaps and bounds these days?
Seems almost everyone is connected again.
In other areas, too, it feels like people are reverting to the pre-dispersion state of affairs. Hamaven yavin.
Just some food for thought...


Scraps said...

I'd like to read that novel, if you ever write it. Sounds like it'll make a great story. :)

I know what you mean about the world shrinking. It's really out of control...

bad4shidduchim said...

I love the idea! Why won't you write it?

Lvnsm27 said...

lol, I pictured watching a commercial for a movie.

Sounds great

The Dreamer said...

sounds cool.
i say go for it!

Bas~Melech said...

As I said, this is the novel I'd never write. It's just not my style. I enjoy musing about it for a day or so, then lose patience. Besides, group dynamics are not really my area of expertise...

Sharon Nechama said...

You never know, you might just hit the everybody-wants-to-read-it spot!