Pure Humanity without technology is as doomed as one with technology without Humanity. Outside the New Mexico Savage Reservation which is in a state of a third world or less country, the rest of the world is an advanced superpower with a lack of human aspects. These two worlds are in conflict with each other due to their opposing ideologies and values. The world of the Reservation is trapped by the world of Advancement, yet the world of Advancement fears the world left behind.
From the modern cities of the world After Ford with its gleaming skyscrapers, orderly and clean, we descend to the dirt, dust and filth of the Reservation. It is there that the savages are born not bred and it is there that they will die, watched by the outside world (99). The savages do not look like modern mankind, they are half clothed, unshaven, uncleaned and in rags (104-105). The follow the older ways of the world with a mix of newer and older, they know of Christianity, yet, their rituals eco the sacrifices made during the reign of the Aztecs (109-110). The still believe in monogamy and take the law into their own hands, when they believe it is broken (118-119). The live in communities and are taught by their elders about the world (125-126). In a sense they know more about themselves VS the world outside their walls. However, they live with death, illnesses, diseases, plague and disorder. Their level of technology is primitive, at best they know how to create bows, knives, pots, and how to work with wood and clay. There is no economy between them, people seem to share or trade what they need but there is no given value for an item. A sense of family is strong in the Savage world and the sins of the parents can be carried by the children (126-127). They are more tuned to their biological nature and the Nature around them. The world of Ford is populated by beings that resemble humans but rarely act like adults (95-96). They wish for immediate rewards, actions and gratitude. They are free to be with many people as they wish at the same time and then to find others to be with. The society is very open to an extent, limited by the rules that govern it. Everyone has a job to do, a place to be, and belong. They do not question their own existence and do not know more than what they need. They believe in Ford and progress. The people are identical with each other within their batch. They are produced, therefore they lack the understanding of family, comradery and of closer ties. But they live well without disease, age, imperfections. But they are empty. They are programmed to believe in what they do, dot not question it. They take drugs to keep themselves happy and do activities that bring them joy, while under the influence of said drug. One world is natural, close to Nature and is dying and the other is artificial and thriving but dead already.
As said before, these two worlds are opposite one another. One hold on to the values of the past, while the other rejects them and substitutes its own. Marriage VS polygamy, freedom to VS freedom from, reality VS fabrication, grown VS made, ancient VS future. When these two worlds collide with no way out for the modern one to leave (112-115), trouble arises (118-119). Seen as an outsider with no morals or self-decency, Linda is seen as a loose woman, who takes away the husband of the married woman, however, she herself doesn’t see and issue with her actions due to her previous life. But the married woman do not care or understand her reasons, they only care about her actions and take their own against her. Instead of talking, explaining or stopping their own husbands they go out and harm Linda, who does not understand why at all. Linda’s son was born not bred in a lab, unlike her. Which leads her to be ashamed of herself, while at the same time accepting that she is a mother (119). This creates a slight bridge between the new and old ways of how human are made. But this also leads to her son being an outcast because of the view the settlement has of his mother and his own external appearance (126-127). It is also unclear if his physical and mental labilities are of the same class as his mother’s or if they are more akin to regular human being.
The Reservation is closed off from the rest of the world by high tension fencing that kills any, who touch it (101-102). The entire Reservation is under control of a warden which is very similar to current prisons and holding facilities for criminals (98-99). Yet, the people in the Reservation at the every least the current ones have not committed any crimes. It is possible that they are of the old ways and therefore in the eyes of the New World order are guilty. Guilty of the old ways that lead to near destruction and the destabilization of the World. Therefore, they made possibly bring ruin upon the New World if allowed to be free. The people of the Reservation remember the old religions, the old thoughts, the old values and practice them. However, it seems that in effort to preserve the past as much as possible, they managed to jumble it up. They have families and love their children and yet they practice sacrifices to get plentiful harvests.
Technology without people is meaningless and people without technology revert to old methods and ways.