Powerful question about an equally powerful tale.
These are the best of times because of astounding opportunities to learn, to grow and to connect through the internet.
They are the worst of times because of rampant corruption and greed in the corporate-government hegemony. America has become the new Evil Empire, attacking one nation after another without provocation. They started this empire building adventure on the heels of 9/11 which they had planned and implemented and then blamed on others in order to take advantage of the False Flag operation. One of the Rockefellers even hinted at this event (October, 2000) which would give us Iraq and Afghanistan. Government officials aided in the cover-up: Giuliani destroying crime scene evidence more than 400 days before the official investigation began; NIST scientists committed scientific fraud trying to convince the world that solid steel can ever offer zero resistance in a perfectly free-fall collapsing building; and the top military officers responsible for the massive security failures on 9/11 were all given promotions instead of courts martial (rewarding incompetence).
Vaccines contain poisons -- mercury (thimerosal), formaldehyde (embalming fluid), MSG, aluminum and other dangerous substances -- while autism and other neurological disorders continue to skyrocket.
Scientists are protesting the Global Warming scare and the treatment they receive from the Corporate Party media over their apparent breaking with "consensus," as if science is ever done by popularity.
And the freedoms Americans once took for granted are a thing of the past. Now freedom of speech has been curtailed. You can be arrested for asking a public official a question they don't like (one chilling video on YouTube shows a student asking John Kerry something he didn't like).
The ending of the book is equally powerful. It shows what can happen when a human being loses his self-concern and offers his life for a friend. That's True Love.
And perhaps because of the insanity of our current age, we are being forced to rediscover this kind of True Love -- agape -- pure altruism -- the perfect example of heroism.