“Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl…”
Imagine a world without children – anywhere. That’s the premise of children of men. I read the book some time ago in anticipation of the coming movie and found it rather boring. As a result I didn’t see the movie figuring it would be as boring as the book. There’s a reflective post on it at Wonders For Oyarsa. Apparently the book wasn’t totally left behind in making the movie as he describes the movie as
frustrating (and horribly violent).
I immediately painted a different picture though when I
read plodded through the book. The plot is simple. Sometime around today every man [every woman in the movie] in the world for some inexplicable reason goes sterile. As a result not a single baby is being birthed anywhere. In a world where the youngest people alive are in their early twenties the world is dominated by fear, hopelessness and violence.
In reality the book and probably the movie paints a picture of abortion’s ultimate goal: a world without children. Life is important and vital. If we discount it to an issue of mere convenience we have indeed missed the mark. In a world without children – hopelessness breeds more and more violence and death. It is the spark of life which creates hope in each successive generation.