The God Talk: Butler’s Earthseed Tenet

All that you touch
You Change.

All that you Change
Changes you.

The only lasting truth
Is Change.

God
Is Change.

This Earthseed tenet from Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower remains relevant and rings true today. I interpreted this tenet as follows:

If and because we change everything that we touch and are ourselves changed, I believe we must touch with intent. We must touch gently, with the hopes of doing good, and enacting change that is positive. We must make sure our hands are clean, and we must appreciate the change. This tenet requires the reader to be diligent, and thoughtful and to move through everyday life with a certain level of consciousness.

We are only left with the impact of our actions. We don’t all see the “touch,” but we do see the change that results from that. The only thing that will ever remain true and indisputable is that the impact of our actions will be what is visible–those impacts will continue to change and evolve as the people who are responsible for their catalyst do.

If God is change, he is then the only lasting truth. He is what’s left when everything else has come and gone. But what about change that is bad? Does this cancel out because bad is only relative and what I consider bad, someone else considers good? Or does the opportunity for God to be “bad” give him or her human qualities that we often times don’t have access to or see in traditional proselytizing religions? If God is change and we are change, does this give us the opportunity to be God?

I ask these questions because I truly do not have the answers. What does Butler want us to take away from this tenet and particularly the idea that God is change? If we are our own Gods, does this allow and lead to chaos and dysfunction?

Let me know what you think.

 

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3 thoughts on “The God Talk: Butler’s Earthseed Tenet

  1. I think you lose some strong questions. In my opinion change is truly relative to people who are being affected by the change. When God is giving these changes he is showing the part of him that we need as humans because him being all powerful he is able to do what is needed to attract people to his power. Also when humans change something are we truly the ones changing it or is it us believing when God is making that change.

  2. I always read it more as if change was the one thing that was unchangeable, that it ruled our lives, that it determined our fates, and in that way it was God. It was neither a good nor bad God, a kind nor cruel God, but simply omnipresent and inevitable.

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