Elliot D Nielsen
User Friendly in Childhood’s End
In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End, people or beings use each other for
selfish reasons. Sometimes it is subtle, even subconscious; other times it is a blatant
usage. Three obvious examples occur and kind of chase each other around in a triangular
fashion. 1) The Overlords use humans/humanity. 2) The Overmind uses humans. 3)
The Overmind uses the Overlords. Humans also attempt
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implementation of their harvesting process.
In a similar way the Overmind uses the human race. In its higher power of
existence, it preys off of colonies of beings. The Overmind continues to search for more
overall power, maybe? Whatever its reasons are, with regard to human morals, the
Overmind uses humanity’s last offspring to further the development of its being.
Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood’s End. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953.