I sympathize with the character because when things change and don't really care until it's drastic. Example from book: "we were distracted back then." "we had no interest in the turning of the earth." The characters are slowely learning, and adapting to deal with the "slowing". Their seeing what it is doing to things around them, and to them, and adapting to how it affects their body. There are many issues in the world today that could connect to this book, like strong earthquakes, polar ice caps melting, and ect.