I’ve often wondered why Octavia Butler’s Parable stories have never been optioned for a movie, or at least a series on one of the cable channels, but I just realized why that will probably never happen: It’s too real. Stories where the apocalypse is brought on by nuclear bombs and whatnot is one thing, but one where mankind is brought to its knees by greed and ignorance? Butler was a seer, these stories have such prescience that they should be in ever schools curriculum, which is the very reason they will not. Our society will not go out with a bang, but with a whimper.

Afrofuturism @ UCLA

After reading “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler I was really struck by the similarities between the world Butler described in her novel and the world as we know it today. It was almost as if I was reading a newspaper describing the day’s events. Walled in neighborhoods, drug addicts, corrupt policemen/women, inefficient government, the repealing of laws that were created to help us progress, no jobs for people, little education, ethnic groups only sticking with their own, skyrocketing prices and so many more examples written by the author felt all too familiar. Was Butler clairvoyant or were these the same events that have happened time and time again? “Parable of the Sower” definitely paints a grim picture about humanity, but was there a hidden message in the novel?

One constant theme in the book that was emphasized was education. Knowledge, education, and knowledge of our history were stressed…

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