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Making a Difference: Passively or Aggressively?

Throughout the Maddaddam trilogy, we see characters who act either passively to fulfill their objectives, or act in more direct and aggressive manners. For this article, I’m going to mention two we see a lot of in Maddaddam, Jeb and Adam. Both Jeb and Adam are actively trying to pursue a similar goal, yet are very different when it comes to their strategy. This begs the question of which is the more effective method.

In looking at an example that’s both applicable to the real world, and the Maddaddam world, one of the best is the example of protests. Protests, for any reason and by any group, tend to either be passive/calm, while others take what can be described as a more aggressive course of action, consisting of marches, strikes, and boycotts, with riots being a part of the far extreme of acts of protests.


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Both passive acts and aggressive acts can fail or succeed, with the latter tending to be much more controversial, as we can consider Zeb’s acts to be more controversial than the methods of the quiet Adam. Zeb believes in taking direct action, often resorting to violence and getting involved in the underworld that is the deep Pleeblands. Adam is much quicker to wait and think, preferring to lightly influence and wait for the change to come.

I believe it entirely depends on the context of the situation. For example, in today’s society, the more aggressive methods tend to receive the most attention, and in a world where the most attention gathering stories make traction, your goals will typically require attention to survive. And in the world of Maddaddam, it seems that passive movements are no longer a viable option. Protests of Happicuppa ended with gunshots and deaths, and even having dissent ends with death as seen by the fate of Crake’s father. However, it’s still important to give praise to Adam and his Gardeners, who ended up making a large impact with mainly passive efforts.

Nevertheless. the world has been significantly changed by both passive methods and aggressive methods, for better or worse. Which is better, to reach into the world and change it, or to gently encourage it into a better direction?

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A new evolution of farming is on the way. Recently this news was everywhere around the social media to show is benefice. The urban agriculture of Square Roots, the farm compound in New York. They wish to expand this new idea of farming start with 10 containers place in Brooklyn, New York. This compound of 320-square-foot can generate multiple of nutrition. Therefore, the way of reutilization of container is a benefice in these Square Roots industry. T6.jpghis intelligent way of producing vegetables requires less space and 80% water than outdoor farm. The nutriment is all organic and each container can produce around 50,000 mini-heads of lettuce per years.8.jpg

Before Square Roots, Wall Disney World already shows to the world his own inside farm at Epcot. Inside the Land Pavilion, they show the visitor where all the food of Wall Disney World is produced. In the campus, you can find an inside greenhouse whom they grow all the vegetables using the similar technique as the farm container. The greenhouse measure 2.5 million square feet. The production is using less water than exterior farms and expose the futurist model of communal living. The living with the land project shows the food shortage and environmental problem by improving agriculture with the new technology. Inside the Land Pavilion attraction, you can see gigantic tomato trees, exotic fruit who grow as they remove the constraints of gravity.


Even if Wall Disney World start to innovate the idea of a futuristic agriculture, the population start to see is benefice and expand this idea. The innovation of growing agriculture using less water and lands to produce the same amount of food is now on his way to be more than 10 shipping containers at New Work or an attraction park.





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Prepping For the End

With current international events and affairs, people are finding many reasons to fear the future. As a result, these people have begun to resort to prepping for the apocalypse. While some prepare as standalone doomsday preppers, others come together to form what are known as survivalism groups. These people live their lives by a code, much like a religion that guides their decisions and actions. Their daily lives become consumed with learning self-sufficiency and self-defense techniques, stockpiling supplies and searching for locations to ride out the disaster. Know anybody who fits similar criteria in The Year of the Flood?




You guessed it, the God’s Gardeners and their beliefs follow the code of a doomsday prepper to the letter aside from the self-defense (Although a lot of the Gardeners can handle themselves… look at Toby with her gun!). Throughout the entire book, we see how the Gardeners are trained to farm, gather and fortify in preparation for the “waterless flood.” Compared to the doomsday preppers of today, the two groups share a lot of similarities. Firstly, both groups focus on the cooperation between each of its members. In order to maximise efficiency and unity through difficult times, people must complete their tasks to not drag everyone else down. Second, they both gather large amounts of supplies and organise multiple backup stockpiles. And lastly, they share a similar dedication to the teaching and learning of techniques for survival and self-preservation. Through this, we can see a very clear resemblance between the doomsday preppers of today to the God’s Gardeners.

As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into ensuring your survival. A lot of information can be found online on how to get started should you choose to do so. There is even whole television series that follows preppers in their daily lives.

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This goes to show that many people actually do consider completely changing their lives in order to ensure their survival for a disaster that ‘might’ happen.

What do you guys think about prepping for the apocalypse? Do you think it will even happen? Or do you think that all these people are just wasting their time and money? Let me know down in the comments! I look forward to hearing what you guys think!


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Nature: A Satisfying Source of Support?

In Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, it is very clear that the Gardeners have a close relationship with nature.  I found it very easy to understand their strong desire to preserve the environment and that in order to do so they don’t eat meat and they don’t throw anything away. However, I realized that this was only the surface of their closeness. If they want to follow all the rules established in the group, the Gardeners actually have to rely on nature to fulfill some of their emotional needs.

When trying to deal with Lucerne’s whining, Toby states that “[t]he Gardeners [are] expected to avoid any broadcasting of their personal problems: foisting your mental junk on others was frowned upon” (113). I can’t help but wonder, if they can’t share their challenges with other human beings, then who can they share them with? Well, it seems as though bees are good listeners!


The first thing Pilar teaches Toby about bees is that “[you] can always tell the bees your troubles” (99). This shows that although they can’t respond with words to show their support, these small creatures are actually there to listen to what the Gardeners feel the need to share. The bees adopt a role that the Gardeners are expected to avoid, which gives them a certain importance in regards to the individuals’ well-being. They allow them to open up and share their most deep and personal thoughts, which is something that is significantly positive. The bees do not have the capacity to judge or to criticize, so in the end talking to them might be a better deal than talking to other Gardeners, who can easily convey their own opinions on matters.

I soon started to wonder, if they truly respect the rule of not sharing their issues with others, then how can the Gardeners develop relationships amongst themselves that are closer than the ones they have with nature? That must be a difficult thing to accomplish since most relationships between humans entail having them open up to each other. In order to address the matter, I thought I would take a closer look at what is, in my opinion, one of the strongest relationships between two Gardeners; that of Ren and Amanda. I quickly realized that although they succeed in developing a significant bond, it seems as though they don’t follow the expectation mentioned earlier. As a matter of fact, the two girls often open up about the struggles they are facing.  For instance, they are seen discussing Amanda’s break up with Jimmy as well as some emotions it brings up (314), which is something I consider to be quite personal. So in reality, an important factor contributing to the closeness between Ren and Amanda consists of disrespecting one of the Gardeners’ rules.

Consequently, would it be appropriate to say that in order to be an obedient and responsible Gardner, one has to seek support and consolation from the elements in nature rather than from other human beings? If so, how satisfying can the environment truly be when it comes the fulfillment of emotional needs?

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The Future of Living

What does the future hold for us?

After coming across the Gods Gardner’s way of living and their eco-friendly cult, it made me wonder if we should learn a thing or two from the gardeners. Seeing as how they use the Earth’s resources for the better of the planet and not for the worse, it brought about unanswered questions as to if our ways of living are sufficient. So how should we as humans change our methods in order to ensure the survival of our species, and to well adapt ourselves to the future?

Let’s analyze the gardeners now… They base themselves off of cooperation, and their ways of living are centred around teamwork, learning each other’s skills, offering support, and understand the meaning of life and how the earth works in our favor and how we shouldn’t fight against it and instead acknowledge and worship it. Perhaps their ways can actually help us.

The video that I stumbled upon spoke about the many ways we must plan for the future and work towards “working together to better our lives” but also about empathy and what it means to be empathetic and better understand people and their feelings. Just like Albert Einstein said “ Empathy is patiently and sincerely seeing the world through the other person eyes. It is not learned in school; it is cultivated over a lifetime”.


Something else that I wondered about was how we will live in terms of our living habits in relation to the so called homes of the future. A collaboration with scientists and HSB in (Gothenburg, Sweden) decided to come up with a living lab, the only one of its kind made up of 29 apartments where people would live permanently . This home of the future in a third generation living lab would provide scientists research and information as to how to live a sustainable life “reducing resource use through behavior and lifestyle choices’’ where a total of 2000 sensors and 15 000 meters of cable will be put in to help “develop knowledge about technology that could one day conserve resources “ .

So what do you think about the future of living? Is it something you would have thought of? What do you think the future of living will consist of?