Ursula K. LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven and Science Fiction and the Future
What will happen in a couple of days? a month ? a year? or twenty years from now? The answer is not known. Author Ursula K. LeGuin gives us the answers about the future from her point of view which can be seen through her article Science Fiction and the Future and her novel, The Lathe of Heaven. Ursula K. LeGuin believes people try to control the future they may have when in reality they have no control over the future. Every single day we see examples of people trying to control the future and see the situation fail every single time.
Through Le Guins article Science Fiction and the Future, LeGuin uses examples to support her theory of not being able to control the future. First, she uses the Quechua speaking people to relate their perception of the future. The Quechua people view the future as in back of us. What does that mean? I feel that the Quechua people and LeGuins use of the Quechua as an example shows how each individual is ultimately without control. Each person can see what is ahead of them. Each person can see right in front of them consequences of actions ones have made. Each one can see who they currently have in their life. But, if you are looking straight ahead you have no idea what is behind you. Not being able to see anything is where LeGuin proves her theory. If you cant see something, how are you suppose to be able to change it? Many times in life, society as a whole likes to think of having knowledge of what the future may bring when actually the future is just predicted. I think that sometimes it is not good to try to predict the future for we never know if the prediction is really the best thing for us even though we would it to be.
The Lathe of Heaven, the novel written by Ursula K. LeGuin, tries to portray how the earth will be thousands of years from now and has characters whom take advantage of trying to control the future. Dr. Haber, George Orrs psychiatrist, uses his machine, The Augmentor, to read levels of George Orrs dreams in which Dr. Haber can ultimately make them affective. Habers actions shows the desire to have power in what the future holds. In addition, needing to have power to control the future is showing we want to have a future which have our desires in mind and not any surprises which could affect our self. The main priority Dr. Haber has it to make George Orr dream affectively of values that he thinks need to be in society and make the world the place into a peaceful environment with no suffering. For example, George Orr makes the world less populated, no wars going on, no racism and the society as a whole into a wonderful congregation. With having the power to change dreams into a persons desire, there is no opportunity for any change which would in fact make life boring. I feel this way due to having difficulties in my life an opportunity for myself to learn and understand the values which are the most important...