Canticle For Leibowitz: Walter MillerWalter Miller, in the novel A Canticle For Leibowitz, mocks the way weare as humans, particularly in those ways that lead to regressive thinking. Thenovel pokes fun at the attention to impractical details, such as to the spentcopying the Leibowitz blueprints. Miller also mocks humans by describing theinordinate amount of attention and energy given to a spiritual being such asLeibowitz, as today’s society worships God. Finally, the most absurd way Millermocks today’s society occurs when he describes how they do not give somethingvery important the considered attention that it deserves. These are threeexamples how Walter Miller mocks and shows today’s society their faults.Miller mocks the way we are as humans when Francis gives too muchattention to impractical details to the Leibowitz blueprints.
Brother Francisspends many years copying the blueprints of the circuit design. Francis copiesthe design so carefully he mistakenly believes the color of the paper isimportant to the design of the circuit. Francis is set on mindlessly copyingthe blueprint he does not realize what the circuit design is for, and what isdoes.
Brother Francis thinks regressively. The monks copy out the blueprints,and then do nothing with them. As a society we do the same thing today. Inschool students copy notes off the blackboard blindly, they do not know whatthey are copying. Therefore, they do not understand the content.Not only does Miller also poke fun at impractical details, Miller alsopokes fun at the way today’s society revolves is the importance of a spiritualbeing such as Leibowitz. Today’s society is strongly set on the existence ofGod.
Today’s society is mocked due to the importance of a spiritual being,like Leibowitz. The monks do not really know who Leibowitz is. All of theinformation about Leibowitz are only rumors. No concrete evidence surfaced toprove that Leibowitz exists.
It is the same in today’s society with the beliefof God. No proof that God physically exists is evident today. Most peoplestill believe in God spiritually on the other hand.
In comparison to the book’ssociety, Leibowitz is their God. When Brother Francis accidently stumbles uponpossible genuine evidence of the existence of Leibowitz, they ignore it. TheMonks concentrate on the most illogical things. The only thing that theybelieve is important is a mysterious pilgrim spotted in the desert. The Monksbelieve that the pilgrim is Leibowitz himself.
The Monks are looking pastconcrete evidence wondering if it is Leibowitz who is seen desert. It seemsthat the monks do not concentrate on what is really important. They concentrateon the most absurd things.
If we discover a fallout shelter in the desert thathoused Jesus, we would not brush it off like the monks did. We would protect,and display it in a museum for years to come. The monks did not protect thesedocuments when they sent Brother Francis to New Rome with sacred documents. TheMonks, and sadly, Brother Francis has to suffer to this misfortune.
Finally Miller mocks the monks regressive way of thinking when they sendBrother Francis to New Rome with the Leibowitz designs. The monks did not thinkahead in sending Francis to New Rome without protection. The fact that theyfailed to provide protection for Brother Francis is absurd. Francis istransporting the most important documents ever found half way across the countryall by himself without protection.
Many dangers are apparent on the way to NewRome, including robbers, and the monks failed to think ahead to see this.Today’s society is the same. Our society sometimes rushes to judgments when weget excited. We fail to look ahead at the consequences.
A good example is thedeterioration of the ozone layer from pollution. During economic highsfactories were pumping pollution into the air at an enormous rate. No onerealized the damage it was doing to the ozone. Today’s society is left to fixthe problem that we were not responsible for. The factories only thought ofmoney and failed to think ahead of what the pollution would do to the air.Reading the book, A Canticle For Leibowitz, it is apparent that today’ssociety is an image of the monks society. We copy things out mindlessly withoutthinking, an example is homework, and we do not really know what we are reallydoing.
The monks also copy mindlessly when Francis copies the blueprints.Today’s society is also dependant on a spiritual being that could or could notexist. The monks gave too much attention to canonizing Leibowitz. We fail tolook past these things, like the Monks, and wonder if they really exist. Wealso realize our society thinks too regressively and do not think ahead when wemake a decision. Instead we let the spur of the moment determine our decisionsin most cases.
The monks also did this when the failed to offer adequateprotection for Brother Francis. English