You guys are killing me. This is going so much better than I could have even hoped for!
So, relevant to my freaky smart cousin Matt's comment yesterday here is my question for the day:
What do you think is at the core of what Saunders is trying to say in these stories?
Personally I think Dean and Matt are both right, but I'm just going to repost a few of Matt's comments here because there's no way I could say it better:
"...imagine a world where presumed societal controls go off the tracks somewhat to the point where they are not recognized as societal controls and where understanding of them becomes lost even to the folks that either forged them or fought against them. Imagine if the individual’s sense of history or perspective was dictated entirely by the control structure without any hope of intellectual freedom. Is “abnormal” behavior actually “abnormal” when you can’t possibly know any better and the hope for perspective zero?" Dang, cuzzzin, m'i acshully related to ewe?
But I will also reiterate that as strange as it may seem I find these stories incredibly hopeful. I don't suppose many of these folks will get any sort of perspective - but I do see them having variations of faith that no matter how irrational, or perhaps, unlikely, in any given case, seems critical to dealing with the world as it is.