2009年01月18日

God never keeps silence by Hiroshi Yamamoto / 神々は沈黙せず 著者 山本弘

   "Does God exist ? "
If so, why is the world filled with disasters, terrible diseases and a lot of unhappiness ?
God has mighty power, doesn't he ?
Then why doesn't God try to save the world ?
Why has God been harassing people mercilessly for such a long time and why will continue it in the future ?
Doesn't God have a warm and gentle mind ?
No!
Gods is never good.
Gods never knows human minds.
Gods never saves the world.

"God never keeps silence"
This is a book published in 2003.
The author is Hiroshi Yamamoto.
He is also famous as the chairman of The Society of TO, the purpose of which is to study crazy and maniac books, comics, goods and movies etc, including paranormal events.

The story is as follows:
Yuka Waku, the heroine of this story, lost her parents in an unreasonable disaster when she was a child. Because of this event, she couldn't believe in God. She worked for a magazine production compnay after graduating from a university. Two years later she left the company and became a freelance writer. She spied on a religious UFO cult to gather materials for her articles. One day she experienced a kind of paranormal event in which many lightening bolts were falling down from the sky. After this, she began to have an interest in other paranormal events and wonder if God actually does exist somewhere.
On the other hand, her elder brother, Ryousuke became an AI researcher and made a very popular simulation game of evolution using a method of genetic algorithms. He couldn't believe God as well. One day he saw a UFO and began to gather any information of paranormal events of the world that he could and tried to explain them theoretically as a scientist. He came up with the hypothesis that our universe was a simulation game of evolution played by someone with a high level of intelligence who was called God. According to Ryosuke's hypothesis, God seemed to expose us to a lot of paranormal events in order to show us his own existence.
If God has a real existence, why is the world filled with disasters, terrible diseases and a lot of unhappiness ? Why doesn't God save the world ? Is God good or not ? Yuka and Ryousuke had not been able to find an answer yet.
In 2012, suddenly God began to reveal his true character. The world fell into a mess. Paranormal events increased day by day. Scientists proved that the universe was only in a simulation system. They said there was nothing outside the solar system. Ryosuke proceeded to upgrade AI and finally found the answer to why God didn't save the world. Then at the same time he went missing. The answer was really simple. It has already been written in the Old Testament.

   The idea that God is a game player and simulates the world is not a fresh and original one. However, the explanation that God's simulations are expanding on a global scale is very interesting. This book deals with a massive amount of information about religion, evolution, AI, virtual reality and actual supernatural events such as UFOs, fafrotskies (fall from the skies), ESP and ghosts. And the collapsing political situation of Japanese government and the world economic crisis described in this novel are so similar to the condition of recent actual world.
Hiroshi Yamamoto combines fiction and non-fiction and succeeds to give this near-future novel in the 2010's a real taste. When reading the book, you get the feeling that it is the real world.

   What would you think about God after finishing this book ?
Will you still believe in God ?
On the last page, Yuka said, “I believe that humans can walk the path of righteousness without God.”
This is a happy ending.
                               (text by pastel blue)



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