It had been the Golden Age. The story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. According to various accounts, was either a gift for his wife or a house for his son. While he is away, the world goes through the last stages of its existence. He had been deposited, not very gently, on the lawn, where it was hoped that a hyena would give him a rude awakening.
It was an end that no prophet had foreseen — an end that repudiated optimism and pessimism alike. It must have been a failure indeed, thought Stormgren, for its echoes to roll down all the ages, to haunt the childhood of every race of man. Narrator, 211 One of the remaining mysteries of the text is what Karellen's motivations really are. However, Utopia is also, frankly, boring. Those humans who come into contact with him wonder what his long game is. The planets you may one day possess. No hope, no life, just pain and fear No food, no love, no seed, childhood's end.
For the road to the stars was a road that forked in two directions, and neither led to a goal that took any account of human hopes or fears. I myself had a large circle of silent acquaintances. The fact that he uttered the appropriate sounds, and made the expected responses, really proved nothing at all. ~John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells Sweet childish days, that were as long As twenty days are now. It might be, too, that he was beginning to identify himself with the Overlords and thus to become detached from humanity.
It makes plain an important idea in Childhood's End: that the Overlords, while certainly speeding up the process, have not done anything that humanity would not have eventually done itself. Did you know that the average viewing time per person is now three hours a day? No hope, no life, just pain and fear No food, no love, just greed is here You see the full moon float You watch the red sun rise We take these things for granted But somewhere someone's dying Contaminated waters Pollution and decay Just waiting for disease to strike Oh will we learn someday? Then I was in my glory. This vexes mankind in that they lose a sense of adventure and possibility, and are veritable prisoners on their own planet. One was Norma Dodsworth, the poet, who had not unpleasantly drunk but had been sensible enough to pass out before any violent action proved necessary. ~Author Unknown Childhood is a promise that is never kept.
Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. There was nothing left of Earth. Yet it was fitting: it had the sublime inevitability of a great work of art. Achieving it is considerably less important. They are not totally heroic but are more passive; their actions include trying to see past a vision screen and stowing away on a supply ship.
This is a great and tragic irony, especially in light of the ways the Overlords have been viewed throughout their time in power. I never remember giving a party at which the guests could boast of possessing all their legs and arms. I'd sail across the ocean I'd walk a hundred miles If I could make it to the end Oh just to see a smile You see it in their faces The sadness in their tears The desperation and the anger Madness and the fear No hope, no life, just pain and fear No food, no love, just greed is here Starvation and the hunger The suffering and the pain The agonies of all-out war When will it come again?. Jan had glimpsed the universe in all its immensity, and knew now that it was no place for man. They actually envy human beings and exist in a tragic state of their own, as their job is to prepare the human race for evolution and not to evolve themselves. ~John Steinbeck, East of Eden, 1952 I, on the contrary, took it all in good part, and showed no signs of feeling even at the fatal moment when my foot snapped in two; and Rose, with a face of utter dismay, held up my own toes before my eyes.
Only George has serious family connections, but even he has a more isolated interior life. The rosy skies of our barefoot days Lie hidden from view by a misty haze. Afterwards, the couple marries and moves to an experimental commune. Everybody on this island has one ambition, which may be summed up very simply. When will it ever end? Here, his Overlords resemble nothing more than the devils out of illuminated manuscripts and Dante's Inferno. ~Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory Thanks, Harold When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood. ~Bill Bryson He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held to his middle-aged breast.
The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past. Jan was certain, now, that Karellen was involved in some vast and complicated plot. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail -all were there. Achieving it is considerably less important. Yet it was fitting: it had the sublime inevitability of a great work of art. While most humans are happy about the peaceful state of the world, some are discontented about having their personal liberties stripped from them. At the end Karellen watches the end of the Earth and the human race, sending yet another race of the evolved to the Overmind, but he seems to indicate that he and the other Overlords are not quite as complaisant and compliant as they seem.
This quote is said by Stormgren, in Chapter 3. Did you know that the average viewing time per person is now three hours a day? Karellen, also known as the Supervisor of the Overlords, is very secretive about his appearance, and will at first only speak to Rikki Stormgren, Secretary General of the United Nations. We have had our failures. This section contains 435 words approx. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. But the stars are not for man. The existence of sovereign states, Stormgren knows, are the main source of conflict in the world.