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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 7:49 pm    Post subject: Individual vs society Reply with quote

I find this theme irrestible - the rights and obligations of the individual and how it overlaps and conflicts with that of society.

But I didn't understand the ending here, it didn't feel logical considering the rest of the plot. Probably I missed something.

Could somebody explain it please? specifically:

why did he give up his arm? and what does that have to do with the ethics and morality concerns previously mentioned?
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He needed the money. I don't believe the decision to give up the arm was based on ethics or morality - rather a case of more immediate need. This also solves two problems for those in charge: In giving up the arm, Nathan becomes less of a threat to security, a measure eagerly pursued by the authorities (since he chose not to be reeducated), and the arm may be a donation of sorts, like donating a heart.

Nathan's passing thoughts on the ethics and moral issues probably stem from his 'understanding' of the overwhelming task of (I'll use 'government') to administer equally to all - an impossibility at best - and therefore an untruth. He probably figures he cannot win a contest with such a creative adversary and, of course, his family is dead, so he probably has little will to try. In effect, he has chosen to take the easier action - the government will leave him alone now.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2007 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to mention I really enjoyed the story. It was well written and certainly does bring up the issues of ethics and morals, and the BS individuals are fed on such a consistent basis by the people they are led to believe they should trust.
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