“The iGod” is a collection a prose fictional work. It contains a total of elven short stories which comprise a vociferous and persuasive exposition, climax and a resolution. The settings are well-formed. They give the when and where about of the story in black and white. The characters are super fantastic. They are well entrenched to the point that they appear one of us in our respective neighborhoods. They do give a good impression of somebody we know, if not ourselves. The words and expressions used in the story are well-thought-out. They are very well-coined codes carrying over the intended message of the author to the decoders.
Some of the stories in this book are a bit unique. First, the book involves machines as human beings. The first short story, for instance, is about a man living hand-in-glove with machines. It talks about what the future holds for humanity going forward. In this short story, you have human-like machines living with a man in harmony and one accord. Nevertheless, you also feel the fear of man as he keeps losing his freedom due to the fast-growing technology on the face of the earth.
That is a distinctive flavor, at least, for me. I have never encountered a short story of that nature before. And all the other short stories are packed with the tragedy of the day trying to prove as if a man is the worst evil ever. They all show the atrocity of man as a recurring truth of the day. These stories reflect several life situations that the author has observed from around the world, with a focus on Ethiopia. Love and abhorrence, life and death, and freedom and precincts are among the various collective subject matters that are unfolded and echoed in the book.
The author has such wisdom in playing with words. As said above he has coined them very well. They mean what they are intended to say. They don’t only tell us the story but they also show us the crux of the matter. They have the power to fully engage the readers and hit the bottom deep in their hearts.
There were times when I was taken up by the truth and the emotion in the stories and ended up in tears. All eleven stories are concise and brief. They can all be taken at one go in a sitting. They are short shots of the reality in our contemporary world.
The title of the book is another point that took my attention. I have never thought about the internet god until I read the first short story. This story talks a little about our contemporary world where man and machine are dwelling together. Though I didn’t get into why the author picked that topic, I strongly feel his fear of the pending future in depth.
The book exhibits these feature covertly from the perspective of the human mind which inhales and analyzes information and exhales and examines revelation. According to the author, information can be done by machines with better precision.
Nevertheless, he intensely emphasizes the fact that it is only humans who can do with revelation. Information needs memory, revelation works without it. Information makes us intellectual, and revelation makes us intelligent, which we are already.
In other words, the time has come for us to run through with our mind irrespective of memory than sticking to the mind that counts on memory. In this short story, the author tells us about the future as it is not.
The future is now. It is already but not yet. It is all here but not even there. It seems a paradox but it is a reality. Let’s live this moment and stay still. Then, only we will realize that we are the life, nothing else.
If we keep struggling with past recollections and future imaginations, we can’t live now. Now is our time. We are the life that there is. Hence, let us live. Life is us, and we are everlasting. Life, according to the author, does not die. It only lives. Likewise, death can’t live but always dies.
Life, in short, has nothing to do with memory and/or information. It is not limited to a given time and a specific place. It is I in ALL and vice versa. Think about it. What is me without you and what is you without me? We are self-inclusive, willy-nilly.
All said life is all about revelation, the facts, and the figures that come from within. Let’s leave the information world to machines and get back to ours, the infinite vast. The author thinks that if we are in this endless infinite, we haven’t come, we will not go, but we are in the heart of it. After all, as human beings where else could we be? This body on us is like a boundary that contains and limits us in this world. Once, we are out of it, we shall realize that it is us, none else.
That is my impression from his first short story entitled “The iGod”. All other stories reflect the realities of this physical world. Though, true to life, they are painful, disastrous, and heartbreaking. Of course, that is the nature of this world. It is physical and therefore it depends on memory be it of the past or the future.
Memory is the birthplace of our disquiet and fear. Memory, first, pains. Then, it aches. And finally, it affects. What else could we expect from memory? It is all excruciating and throbbing. Nearly all of the short stories in the book echo this fact in one or another way.
The author demonstrates to us both sides of the world; either we keep walking with our memory and continue to agonize or get rid of it or rest shall be assured. Both horses are here at our reach. It is up to us to pick one and ride through the rest of our life.
Be that as it may, in this world of man and machines, if we stick to memory machines will excel us and might even end up becoming our enemies. We might need to consider our footsteps and get back to revelation and the time is now.
In short, inner engendering is the theme of this book. According to the author it can reinforces us all and bring us to be a better humankind. They are fictional, it intensely advises us to come back to sense and return to the glorious humankind by focusing on what comes from within than paying attention to the outside world.
The things that we see, hear, touch, smell, or taste, can’t become any better. They are already bitter and even more poisonous. The book underscores the fact that all that we need live inside ourselves, nowhere else.
Therefore, the author encourages his readers to dig deep down into the so-called self-ego than mining into others. According to him, the egg that breaks from within makes it to life, but otherwise, it always carries out death.
I don’t want to take you any further into this amazing book. Instead, I encourage you to read and re-read it until you get the gist. It is a well-written book that is very different in its message, philosophy, and philosophy.
I’m convinced that it is time for the modern man to wake up and turn around to his intelligence and make it together here in the world as humanity before it is too late to handle those machines that aggressively invade us all over. I’m sure, the book would help us see the invisible, the digital above and beyond the physical. It is an eye-opener and enlightening book, as far as I’m concerned.