There is no end
To what a living world
Will demand of you.
This verse opens chapter 13 of Parable of the Sower and reached out off the page at me when I read it for the first time. The verse is slightly different than the others in my eyes. In most of Lauren’s Earthseed entries the verses seem to focus on change and the religion she is trying to create. This one is different. Not different in a bad sense but more like unique. At this point in the book more than any Lauren knows that change is not just coming but it is here.
In chapter 12 Lauren’s dad has gone missing for days and of course this affects her. Change is now. The verse describes the events before and after and that’s why I feel it is intriguing. Her dad has been gone for days now and the reality has set in that he is not coming back. The living world Lauren talks about in her verse is her world. She realizes that she, not anyone else, needs to step up. On Sunday morning like any other Sunday morning the neighborhood came over to the Olamina house for church. Yes her father was not there to lead the service but she knew what she had to do. She delivered a sermon it in the loving memory of her father. He was a big influence in her life and now in the life of Lauren change was coming fast.
In the verse Lauren writes that there is no end. This opening line says a lot about Lauren and her religion. It goes along with the theme of change is God. The fact is the only end is death, but while alive there is no end like see says. I consider this a form of foreshadowing. Lauren is intelligent enough to realize that yes her father is gone but it is a change and more is coming. In chapter 13 and on a lot of attention is paid on the Will demand of you. The depth of this simple line is anything but simple. She could have used many different words instead of Will but none would have the power. When see says will, it means she understands the in the world you will have responsibilities and you as a person have to do something about these responsibilities. When you are down, some other event is going to occur and push you down again. It takes a person of true strength to keep bouncing back and continuing their journey like Lauren. This is exactly what she wants to preach or teach to follows. That things change. You can’t dwell on the past of you will be left behind. Change is forward and in the living world there is no end.
Lauren does get past the passing of both her brother and father in a short span of time. She has little time to more because of exactly what she wrote in the verse. There is no end as she says and instead of mourning her father that she loved dearly she had to more on. It was scary for her because just like that she had to be an adult. The good thing is that since the beginning of the book she has wanted to be grown-up. As I have been reading I have been trying myself in Lauren’s shoes and the best word I can come up with is intimidating. She knows that her town is not going to last much longer and when I try to imagine how that would feel and it’s not a good feeling. She understands that her family her town is going to demand more of her more of everybody just to survive and continue. More than ever in the story or Lauren’s life I feel like the verse embodies what is going on. Earthseed is coming together as the outside as well as the inside community are falling apart. This is a huge step in Lauren’s life and I feel the verse rises to the occasion. Honestly I like the verse and I feel it applies to my life as well. I mean I guess that is the point of a religion, to be able to connect too many different people. Lauren uses her verses as crutches to help her along her path through life and I think it’s truly inspiring for her, me, or anyone that will spend the time and listen.