From what we’ve seen so far, the characters in Midnight Robber do not follow any specific religion. They instead look to Granny Nanny, pretty much the Internet system that gains access into people’s minds and thoughts through nanomites that are injected into people after birth. Nanny, for short, is an all-knowing entity that watches over and listens to the people and people, from birth, have no control of what she sees/hears. Robinson purposely made Nanny as a parallel to God to show how people worship technology, rather than treating it as a something simply necessary to drive society forward.
For example, Maka and Antonio talk about some songs Nanny came up with on her (it’s?) own. They’re simple songs that they can understand; one of the men even compares these songs to the proverbs Nanny used to read to them (Hopkinson, 52). Nanny is creating her own hymns for her people to sing along. I used to attend private Catholic school as a child and we were always told how singing to God would make him and our relationship with him stronger. I think Hopkinson was drawing on this idea to make the audience see how placing such high esteem on technology can be destructive. By equating Nanny’s songs to proverbs and hymns, these hymns lose their significance and power. Nanny’s songs will remind the people of her and, unwittingly, the people place Nanny’s judgement over an religious figure’s.
Another instance that stood out to me was when people swear to Nanny (64 and 70). Antonio says “Nanny have mercy” (70) reminds me of the saying “God have mercy”. This just emphasizes the point that Hopkinson is making; people worship technology over actual religions. I also learned in school that we were supposed to always put God’s importance over ourselves. The importance of technology, in the book and in our daily lives, has somewhat been placed before ourselves and above our religion. I can’t count how many people I’ve seen playing on their phones in church (me being one of them). When walking down a hallway, most people will play with their phones just to keep themselves occupied and away from being alone with their thoughts. I think technology is important to society; it’s what allows us to prosper, rather than just survive. Even the invention of fire or the wheel is considered advancing technology. But with the rapid increase in technological advancements today, like with the Internet and cell phones, people put these objects above themselves and their spirituality.