Lauren's father is a Baptist minister, and he has a deep commitment to God as understood in the Bible. Lauren's understanding of God is different: God is change, and though God shapes the universe, the universe also shapes God. This difference in understanding leads to tension between Lauren and her father, but it also provides the spark for a new religion. Compassion is a difficult trait to have in Lauren's world, where a moment's hesitation can get someone killed by gang members or the desperate poor. Lauren has a great deal of compassion because of her hyperempathy: she can literally feel the pain of others, and because she knows how bad it can be, she will do anything to help people. Lauren's compassion, coupled with her intelligence and planning, proves to be a boon.
The Meaning of the Parable of the Sower - Busy Blessed Women
Parable of the Sower is a science fiction novel by American writer Octavia E. Butler , the first in a two-book series. Set in the s, when society has largely collapsed due to climate change, growing wealth inequality, and corporate greed, Parable of the Sower takes the form of a journal kept by teenage Lauren Oya Olamina.