The Sealand woman is an example of a New Person that the young people will join. On page 156, she states the big issue of the old people (us) and how the telepaths could conquer this problem. What...

The Sealand woman is an example of a New Person that the young people will join. On page 156, she states the big issue of the old people (us) and how the telepaths could conquer this problem. What is her position?

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Her position is more or less along the lines of Darwinian "survival of the fittest."  

"There have been lords of life before, you know. Did you ever hear of the great lizards? When the time came for them to be superseded they had to pass away."

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"And just as we have to keep ourselves alive in these ways, so, too, we have to preserve our species against other species that wish to destroy it — or else fail in our trust."

What the Sealand woman is positing is that the "thought shapers" are the next step in human evolution.  In fact, she is sort of suggesting that the telepaths are possibly a new species.

" . . . you are still half-thinking of them as the same kind as yourselves."

She says that species come to power and fall from power as new and more well adapted species come along.  The Sealand woman says that the old people did it to those before them, and it's only natural that they fight against being removed from their position of power.  That is why they sterilize, banish, or kill Deviants.  They do not want their genes to continue.  

"They are alert, corporately aware of danger to their species. They can see quite well that if it is to survive they have not only to preserve it from deterioration, but they must protect it from the even more serious threat of the superior variant."

The Sealand woman then goes on to explain why the telepaths are a superior variant.  It is because they can share one mind and more effectively work together as a team.  

"We are able to think-together and understand one an-other as they never could; we are beginning to understand how to assemble and apply the composite team-mind to a problem . . ."

Her position isn't stating that the telepaths "could" overcome the problem of the old people.  Her position is that the telepaths will.  It's inevitable, because it's how nature and genetics have worked, still work, and will continue to work. 

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In the struggle for survival, a new "variant" who wishes to dominate those in existence often emerges, the Sealand woman explains to the youths. But, she adds, rather than killing or ostracizing others who may come to threaten their lives, perhaps the young telepaths and her people can "team-think" new solutions to the age-old problem of preserving one's species.

After the Sealand woman rescues David, Rosalind, Michael, and Petra, with whom she is delighted, she explains that she cannot pick up Rachel because they would lose fuel on the return flight and crash into the sea and die. Further, she explains the age-old maxim of survival of the species: people have had to deny others things in order to survive themselves. "It is simply a part of the great revolving wheel of natural economy.... There have to be lords of life."

Further, the Sealand woman explains that there will come a day when people like her must give way to someone else. These creatures will realize that they must preserve themselves from being destroyed,

...but they must also protect it from the even more serious threat of the superior variant, and we are only just beginning.

Because she and others like her and David and his friends, especially Petra, have a superior gift, their ability to "team-think" may be just what they need to survive. With this deeper understanding, their kind would not have to be like the Old People and shut others away or kill and destroy. Instead, knowing that everyone does not have to fit a certain mold, they are empowered with their abilities to understand that

...the essential quality of living is change; change is evolution: and we are part of it. The static, the enemy of change, is the enemy of life, and therefore our implacable enemy.

David, Petra, and the others will join the Sealand people in effecting a better change.

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