My sister actually sent me this book. I am halfway through the novel at this point and I am finding it an intriguing and often insightful mix of theology, philosophy and what my English professor might call “magical realism”. Young (who co-wrote the book with two friends) references films like Star Wars and The Matrix, artists like Bruce Cockburn and lists a variety of influences, or what he calls “creative stimulation”, in the Acknowledgments. Among them; “Gibran, the Inklings … and Soren Kierkegaard”.
Here is one of the quotes from Chapter 8 (“Breakfast of Champions”):
“Once you have a hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command , or a system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it. You rarely see or experience relationship apart from power …. the value of the individual is constantly weighted against the survival of the system , whether political, economic social or religious – any system actually. First one person, then a few, and finally even many are easily sacrificed for the good of the system. In one form or another this lies behind every struggle for power, every prejudice, every war and every abuse of relationship.”