Once Upon A Wolvog

Stories from the front lines


The Risks of Storytelling

Throughout the whole trilogy of Maddaddam storytelling has come up in each book and it is the main way we as a reader get our information about each character. Here are a few examples of storytelling: In the first book, Oryx and Crake, we see Jimmy use storytelling with the Crakers to explain to them how the world works and in the third installment of the trilogy we pretty much see storytelling happening the whole time with Zeb explaining his life to Toby and Toby telling stories to the crakers.


Now I personally believe that there are some risks that come with Storytelling.

One risk that comes with storytelling is the fact that the storyteller can literally say whatever he wants and it’s up to the listener to decide to believe him or not. In Jimmy and toby’s situation, they could have totally told the crackers a complete lie and said that aliens arrived at earth and kidnapped most people then killed the rest with a disease.

In all honesty, I probably would have done some lying to the Crakers if I were in jimmy’s shoes in Oryx and Crake. If everyone in the world is dead and there is no one to tell you that what you are saying is wrong You better bet I am going to have a little bit of fun with that!

What about you? If you were the last person left in the world and you had a room full of 30 dumb people who believed everything that you said, would you lie to them or try and tell the truth?



How will the Apocalypse happen?


At one point in our lifetime, we all see some type of crazy homeless man waving a sign around that says the end is near! Now of course if you knew any better you would just simply ignore that crazy homeless guy and get on with the rest of your day, but I’m not like most people. When I see someone wave a sign around telling me the end is here and I am going to die very soon, I get nervous and I overthink the situation and begin to believe that this crazy old man is right and I may die a horrific death. So, another thought that comes to mind when I’m in that situation is how is the apocalypse going to happen? I don’t know about you, but when I think about apocalypse the first thing that comes to mind is Zombies! Of course, there are many other ways the apocalypse may happen.


In the MaddAddam trilogy, it happens with a virus created by Crake that wipes out what seems to be the entire the planet. Now, something like this can very well happen today but it is much more likely for it to happen at the hands of an evil person or corporation. The optimistic part of me says that this would never happen in today’s world we just aren’t that cruel, but there is a tiny voice inside of my head that is telling me that there is still a possibility that the government is indeed creating diseases for profit.


The most concerning way the world can end for me would have to be the man-made apocalypse. With the new president of the united states saying how much he loves nuclear weapons and with the budget changes made to the U.S. Military, the odds of nuclear war have risen quite a bit. Albert Einstein once said that if world war 3 happens, world war 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.


There is also the possibility of a meteor hitting earth and completely wiping out all of life on earth. This event is completely out of our control and if it does happen there is absolutely nothing that we can do to stop it from happening. It would only take a meteor 6 miles wide to do the job! Now that being said, the earth gets hit by meteors all the time and we are still here! But the universe is a pretty big place filled with billions of meteors that can end our planet at any moment.


So what do you think? do you think there is a chance of the apocalypse happening in our lifetime? If so, how do you think it is going to happen?