By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz novel

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      With this novel, Dean Koontz has shown himself to be a definitely humanist author. This feature could be sensed in some of his earlier works such as Hideaway (1992) or Winter Moon (1994) although it wasn’t so clear like in the present book. By the Light of the Moon begins in an exciting way: a mysterious and strange doctor breaks into several rooms of a motel located in one the bedroom communities of Arizona.

      He gags the occupants and injects them with a weird substance that, according to him, is the work of his life. Then, the doctor flees after warning his victims about some bloodthirsty murderers whose mission

      seems to be to execute all carriers of the substance.

      From that moment, Dylan O’Conner and Jillian Jackson, together with Dylan’s autistic brother, take a frantic flight. The constant fear that the first effects of the injection appear don’t make this flight easier.

      This road-movie-like plot allows the author to explore a host of themes such as fate, responsibility, meaning of life, faith and the role that technology plays in human nature amongst others. In fact, the way Dean Koontz explains these topics gives us the key to consider him to be a humanist.

      Koontz conceives human being as an entity created in the image and likeness of God.

      • When He made us, He inserted in our souls certain potentialities.

        Certain seeds of values such as kindness, love, courage to do the right thing, solidarity, and so on. In most of individuals these seeds sprout in a proper way but in some people the seeds rot away.

        Besides creating man, God also created the world, giving us thus a wonderful place where we can “be fruitful and multiply”. Therefore, human being has the responsibility to protect this gift.

        We all must fight against everyday evilness (the evilness perpetrated by those individuals in whose soul the seeds of God have rot away) to prevent the world from losing its

        purity, its divinity. And if this were not reason enough, when human being accepts this responsibility, he finds his purpose for existence, a guidance that comforts him in times of adversity.

        And the fact is that, for human being, living on purpose is as important as feeding. This is human nature and, by definition, it can’t be changed.

        It doesn’t matter if we clone people, modify genetically fruits and vegetables or build nanomachines that can alter our brains. Yesterday, today and forever, technology simply will facilitate the expression of our nature.

        Therefore, technological progress shouldn’t be feared. The real threat lies in the character of some people that use technology to express deviant values.

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