What is the main theme in Messenger by Lois Lowry?

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Considering what happens to the people of Village because of their participation in Trade Mart and considering what happens to Forest, earth and Village because of what Kira, Seer and Matty ultimately do, it can be argued that the main theme is the idea that cooperation between people, based on their best qualities, their good and useful qualities, can heal the wounds of life and living, even though the wounds caused by people's dark qualities affect earth itself.

When Matty goes to Trade Mart, which Seer disapproves of, Matty is shocked and surprised to see how the people of Village who are there begin to show behaviors and mannerisms that he has never seen before and that are not good or beneficial or useful (except for satisfying greed and avarice). 

Some of those who had been among the most industrious, the kindest, ... [now] shouted their wish that the border be closed....

When the people of Village vote to close the border, and Seer asks Matty to go to bring his daughter Kira safely back to Village before the wall is erected, Matty finds that Forest has changed and is becoming ever more dangerous (Forest is symbolically like the people who barter at Trade Mart). In the end, Seer goes--even though he has no vision--to try to save Kira and Matty, who are being viciously attacked by Forest. Trapped and attacked himself, he tries to reach Kira telepathically through her own "seer" gift of future sight.

Because of Seer's contact, Kira encourages Matty to use the good gift he has,...

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