"The Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke A world with less creativity

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The novel The Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke, introduces a world in the future with inevitable interaction between the outer space creatures, Overlords, and the human beings. With the help and the guidance of the Overlords, human civilization accelerates into a golden age, experiencing the greatest achievements in many areas such like economics, technology, medicine, and science. However, Overlords had also led humans into a world with less creativity because of less competition and self-interest and the lack of pain in their lives.

From the first time when the Overlords reveal themselves to the Earth, their flying spaceship has symbolized their possession of powerful knowledge and technology over human beings. People enjoy better and more efficient lives with the help of Overlords' technology; living standards are greatly improved and people actually experience the greatest period in the human history. The introduction of robotics is an example of how people incorporate Overlords' advanced technology into their daily lives.

People no longer need to manipulate any business work because "production had become largely automatic; the robot factories poured forth consumer goods in such unending streams that all the ordinary necessities of life were virtually free"(64). Overlords lead people into a more perfect world with no more hunger and poverty because the wealth is evenly distributed among people everywhere with free consumer products produced by robotics.

Even though the living style is more efficient and convenient now, people become less creative. In the past, when the producers from various company firms still supply the consumer goods to people, business people always seek better way to attract consumers to buy their products to make profit. One way is to make the product more attractive and efficient than the product of another competitor in the market, and it takes...