Humans are Just Tools

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I have to say, I really do like this book so far - and I was genuinely surprised because I don't normally like science fiction.  That said, onto the quote:

"'It isn't the world at stake, Ender.  Just us.  Just humankind...  Human beings are free except when humanity needs them.  Maybe humanity needs you.  To do something.  I think humanity needs me -- to find out what you're good for.  We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.'

'Is that all?  Just tools?'

'Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive'" 
(Card, Ender's Game, pg 37).

To think that humans are just tools in the grand scheme of living and surviving is kind of weird for me to think about.  I don't know if I like the idea that really my only purpose could be to be a tool to help humanity as a whole survive -- but I guess as a woman, that's kind of automatically my purpose.  I have to make sure to pass on my genes and family history to the next generation.  I mean, of course I need some help to do that, but basically, the future of the human race lies on the shoulders of women and the fact that they we can conceive and we must have children to ensure the vitality of the human race.

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