Shelves: philosophical-novels , literature Peter Hoeg Once you have realized that there is no objective external world to be found, that what you know is only a filtered and processed version, then it is only a short step to the thought that, in that case, other people, too, are nothing but a processed shadow. This is the experiment. There is no objective reality. Whatever we see is edited by our senses, what we see is nothing but our perception of it. The world exists because we are looking at it.
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Shelves: philosophical-novels , literature Peter Hoeg Once you have realized that there is no objective external world to be found, that what you know is only a filtered and processed version, then it is only a short step to the thought that, in that case, other people, too, are nothing but a processed shadow.
This is the experiment. There is no objective reality. Whatever we see is edited by our senses, what we see is nothing but our perception of it. The world exists because we are looking at it. Nothing is real anyway.
We are all equal in our unreality, and so the world turns grey, emotions are plasticized versions of whatever ideas we are fed, passion is purely a chemical reaction, there is no such thing as free will, and out there in the real world, buildings rise up and are built of bare concrete, also grey; economies are but massive chronological machines of human production and life and death are meaningless. And if you think this is allegory, or a fairy tale, take a look at world history!
Marxism, Communism, Totalitarianism, Fascism: the monsters eagerly embrace the experiment and we have only to look at the their results to know the truth of it. But much more benign versions exist as well, some not so easily recognizable, perhaps smaller stepping stones mixed economies and social democracies towards the same end: government plantations, if you will.
Hoeg in Borderliners explores the one essential step towards mollifying the masses to prepare them to accept the experiment: our youth, our educational system where it all begins. In short: control human beings by controlling space and time. But, it could just as easily have been placed just North, in Sweden, long believed to be the one successful implementation of a social welfare system. The cracks have appeared in the wall and monsters are slipping through: High Suicide rates, social experiments on children, castration, uncontrolled immigration and asylum policies and a resultant rise in crime, Alva Myrdal nobel peace prize winner whose name was further tarnished in when the journalist Maciej Zaremba exposed the darkness at the core of her book from Crisis in the Population Question—which she co-authored with her husband.
It is widely recognized as the founding document of the Swedish welfare state her son publicly condemned Alva her for his upbringing , and of course, the assassination of prime minister Olaf Palmer Swedish version of the JFK assassination To re-engage them into society, to assimilate them the children are placed in a private boarding school run by a man named Biehl.
There, the secret experiment is unleashed upon them. Space is where you are at any one time, strictly regulated by the school and violated by our borderliners as part of their own counter-experiment. Time is either linear or circular and by assigning linear time to every activity in the school, and circular time to the space students are in at any time, the mind has no time to speculate, to wonder, to innovate anything. Life becomes a monotonous, droll existence seemingly one of complete determinism.
In reality, we know this is circular thinking. The solution to the experiment, to these three children, is to take the experiment one step further. It is widely acknowledged that Borderliners is part autobiographical. The narrator in the book, in fact, is adopted by a family named Hoeg. On the one hand we have long, convoluted dissertations on the notions of time and space, interspersed with philosophical Kantian musings, followed by fledgling plot elements that are constantly broken by the stream of consciousness style.
You may be interested in both notions, or only one, but in my opinion Hoeg fails in writing one cohesive novel as a result. I am giving this book 3 stars, for those reasons.
Kazigul August often must be force-fed his daily medication. We are all Little Gods: I was not so fascinated by time, which changed during the course of this book and thus I can say this book changed me and my outlook on life. And themes of evolution and survival of the fittest come borderilners the book again and again. That the world is made up of disconnected consciousnesses, each isolated within the illusion created by its own senses, floating in a featureless vacuum.
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