The people in the chaos cannot learn. They cannot understand what they are doing to the sea and the sky and the plants and the animals. They cannot understand that they are killing them, and that they will end by killing themselves. And there are so many of them, and each one of them is doing part of the killing, whether they know it or not. And when you tell them to stop, they don’t hear you.

So there is only one thing left to do. Either most of them must be cleared away while there is still an earth, with trees and flowers and birds and fish and so on, or all must die when there are none of those things left. Because if there are none of those things left, then there will be nothing at all. Not even any people.

So shouldn’t you give those ones a second chance? he asked himself. No, he answered, because they have had a second chance. They have had many second chances. Now is the time.

Atwood, Margaret. MaddAddam. 2013. p. 291 (hardcover)

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alena September 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I just finished reading MaddAddam over the weekend. This completed her trilogy. I find her work very intelligent, albeit rather dark. The Year of the Flood was my favorite, but the most recent one tied everything together well. Atwood has a unique voice in Canada.

Anon January 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

That’s quite a radical quotation.

Any January 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm

If this happens it’s going to be some bad shit.

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