How many things in our lives seem so very important — but when examined have no real basis, no meaningful foundation beyond the fact that someone decided it should be important? How many things are we perpetuating in our societies just because they’ve always been done?
Andreas Eschbach investigates these concepts in The Carpet Makers, an inventive science fiction novel that, on the surface, is an interesting story about a planet where men and their families make beautiful, intricate carpets for the Emperor, an Emperor who turns out to not be what is expected. The consequences are shocking to a system that knows nothing else and has no other economic system.
The deeper meaning that I saw reading this book was the realization that so many things in our world could be (and maybe should be!) questioned, even challenged. It’s a great read, very well written and thought provoking.