Following this series wasn’t that amazing, only when it ended I started to comprehend the world that was created in Shinsekai. It was a world with new moral rules and a society that resembled legal genocide.
The society of Shinsekai is created after events that happened many, many years before. Humans with telekinetic power started their up rise and wiped out a great amount of non telekinetic humans. As telekinetic power came as a blessing for many, it was a downfall for those who weren’t given this gift. Mass murder and war were a result of this conflict between species. Which of course ended positively for the ‘superhumans’.
This gift was a double sided blade, as it had its side effects on human nature. The mind began to wander and unconsciously set free telekinetic energy, making it a threat for society. On the other hand, there were the people that could use cantus against their own kind. Which posed an even bigger threat for society than the ones that leaked it unconsciously.
Humans were genetically modified to prevent that criminal acts could arise. Death feedback would be set in motion to prevent the human from using its cantus. They were punished before the evil act could be set to work.
The Death Feedback wasn’t the only way of making sure unlawfully acts would happen. When one became a threat, or when signs were present, they would be disposed off. The ones who were aware of this fact would flee and live away from civilization. Without any form of trial, humans would be disposed off. A terrible thought as nobody had the means to defend themselves. Even if it wasn’t intended.
Still this wasn’t the most horrible creation in the world of Shinsekai. The oppression of Querats showed the evil side of humans with cantus. As Querats were intelligent beings, they would be comparable to humans, only their appearance wasn’t a resemblance. Querats had no cantus and were destined to live under the rules of humans. When the humans were displeased, the Querats were also disposed off. Not one, but whole colonies had to suffer their wrath.
Amazingly enough, the humans would not acknowledge that Querats were intelligent. They would live as slaves under human dictatorship. Oppression is bound to go wrong, it is only a way to feed hatred. Hatred among those who are being looked down upon.
Shinsekai showed us the ugly side of human arrogance, as they wouldn’t admit that other organisms could have the same amount of intelligence as they have. Only because they weren’t blessed with telekinetic power.