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And perhaps that's how the ideas of many science fiction writers have appeared over the years! The story as to how Baldies came into being is only hinted at, but masterfully so, describing an event called 'the Blowup' which was some sort of radioactive catastrophe.
Those who weren't killed in the disaster or changed into monsters, and those who lived in and around the area after it, eventually produced a mutated group of human beings with the abilities to read others' minds.
But "The Piper's Son" is less about the reason why the Baldies came into existence and more about how they cope in a society prone to distrust them. The world is a dangerous place for super-humans -- that much is made clear.
But, to the credit of the rest of humanity, it is also implied that the fear of Baldies is the cause of encounters with individuals who attempt to take their powers to an extreme, such as the domination of the 'normal' beings. Most of the story resides in his mind as he considers the life he has and his role as a freak. His own wisdom and frank speech is very interesting -- a different angle than the frequently used tragic monster story.
He knows his powers, and he knows how to use them properly in the context of an uneasy society. Ed describes it this way: "A man with abnormal muscle development wouldn't go around knocking people down.
Not unless he wanted to be mobbed. Baldies were always sneakingly conscious of a hidden peril, lynch law. And wise Baldies didn't even imply that they had an Hence the danger of attack, for if they didn't know when they were being spied on, then the Baldies would have the undeniable advantage.
The society itself is also very interesting -- an odd mix that is hard to place and makes me wonder about the events that led to its creation.
Throughout the story there are references to hidden fears and terrible events the 'dusting off' of whole cities. The setting is America, but when? They have impressive technology, and yet continue to carry daggers at their belts and issue challenges for duels. Throughout the story are references to something called a 'Green Man' which even now I'm not entirely sure what it is. There are hints, and this is where we come to the problem of the story.
And it is a most sinister one at that. Ed has a son, Al, who at the tender age of eight years old is struggling through a period where he will be determined as either a healthy Baldie, or a paranoidal one Baldies that don't wear wigs, invade minds without permission, and deep down believe in the superiority of their race.
The boy spends most of his time in the story living in a shared fantasy with the other Baldie children of the community, in which they follow the adventures of what is referred to as a 'Green Man. Despite the obvious fantasy feel to the dream, the 'bad guys' still wield death rays and other such objects that relate the times. But what does this fantasy tale really mean? When I first read the story, I didn't understand until the very end; but now that I know the story and characters, reading back I can see obviously what is being said: " And the hairy gnomes watched malignantly, jealously, from their crannies in the glass crags.
The Green Man is the representation of a Baldie, a hero, and his enemies the disgusting and contemptible gnomes are humanity as they lie weak in comparison. This is obviously not a normal, childish daydream. In fact, the adults are already suspicious and concerned, for their children show signs of a most alarming sort: not getting along with their peers in school, isolation, unfavorable thoughts of their own parents, taking off their wigs It turns out, eventually, that the Green Man story is a conditioning procedure, thrown out towards the vulnerable minds by one of the paranoidal, angry Baldies of the community.
And he is dealt with. Survival is important to all creatures, and it will push us to become things we do not recognize in ourselves. He has a job here and he does it well.
That's why we hired him. However, since he just wrote a book about being a pastor's kid, it probably is worth noting that he is the son of Pastor John Piper you may have heard of him and a little book called Desiring God. Some of the questions in the interview are related to his journey, since it certainly impacts the book, and some of it has also been in the news in years past. Feel free to jump in the comments and ask any questions you might have for Barnabas.
It started with a request from Table Talk magazine to write an article about the pressures of being a PK. As I wrote the article it took the lid off a whole well of experiences and feelings and realizations.
Then when I started hearing from PKs and pastors around the country in response to it I realized what I felt and wrote was not in isolation. Most PKs relate to it, and nobody had written or said anything to help them sort through the hard things.
The worst? The best thing about being a PK, as a kid, was being part of the church family.
As much frustration as it could, and did, cause, it was the center of my social life and where I made my closest friends. I enjoyed being part of youth group, the chances to go on missions trips, and in general the centrality of church community in my life.
The worst part was the pressure and the expectations. Behave perfectly.
Know your Bible. Have strong faith. Be in lock step with our parents. Be practically perfect in every way.
Your dad is John Piper, a pretty well-known pastor and author. I started to see that in junior high and high school. That was when he began to really gain fame nationally.
But even through those years my experience with his ministry was almost exclusively in our local church. The difficulties PKs face are pretty much universal whether they are in a church of or 10,, whether their parents are famous nationally or just in the church.
The national fame does add a level pressure and a layer of complexity. I am 31 years old with a family of my own, and I still get held to a standard when people meet me and expect me to be something reflective of my dad.
I still get responses to my writing wondering what my daddy would say if he read it. The other thing to remember is that many of the challenges PKs can face are internal—in relationship to God and the church.
That has nothing to do with the fame of our parents and everything to do with a genuine connection to Jesus or lack thereof. Help me in my unbelief. I got that tattoo shortly before my 30th birthday, so it was an adult decision to remind me of one of the most significant truths I have experienced. Faith is a constant tug-o-war between belief and unbelief, obedience and disobedience, following and quitting. I have been through some times of unbelief that ended up marking me and shaping me. They brought me really low and that was where I truly came to see Jesus in a genuine way and understand the profundity of His grace.
For me, being a PK did make belief harder. Being so familiar with all things biblical made it so hard to figure out what I knew versus what I believed.