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*whispers to blonde martial artist, a knight, a green-haired girl, a jungle child, a yeti, a maniac with a mask and chainsaw, a ninja, a blonde general woman, a doppleganger, a young girl with a large puffy hat, a bearded old man, a relic hunter and a white-haired guy, all collected in an airship, the whereabouts of Kefka*
*brings out the popcorn to watch*
Lord Snow wrote:
Fabius Maximus wrote:
Well... I always thought the Quran was pretty clear on how the government should work. YMMV.
First, I went with rarely used avatars for a while. Then I found this one, apparently a priestess of Mammon from some module or AP installment. It is an exquisite image, with the obscene head shell, the hanging pieces of fabric that look like someone's drapes had a bad day, and her disapproving expression is lovely, precisely on the verge of a caricature. It properly reflects how I feel here only rarely. :-)
Writer's block is a catch all term for a few very different situations. One is that you are a lazy bum, but if so, solve it. The others are more interesting. One is that you have focused too long on this, and you need something fresh. The answer here is to get new experiences some way. Try doing something you don't usually do. Try ballet, museums, concerts, sports events, movies, read a new kind of book, whatever gets you in a new mood. You may also need some rest from it, so take a day or two off. The last real cause is that you are doing something wrong. Your mind is telling you something already done doesn't work. Try retracing your steps, see if writing something differently helps. And, of course, it may be a signal that you don't want to do what you are doing. Honesty is a very good policy with writer's block.
Ireland in particular seems like an unfair comparison, considering their deeply divided political situation, armed resistance since several decades back, several large bombings, and so on. It was interesting to see Northern Ireland when I was there in 1992. The cities were much like cities elsewhere, but the inland and smaller towns showed the conflict clearly, with british soldiers on every main street in booths with automatic rifles, patrols in the countryside by heavily armed soldiers, and so on.
Heh. The barbarians had ample help from basically everyone else in keeping the Ages Dark. And of course, Rome was no longer the most important part of the empire anymore. I would say tearing down the power structures of the church would be a good idea to minimize the time needed for recovery.
And no, a Sustainable world is by no means a requirement for everything humanity does. Sustainability means stuff can be kept as they currently are indefinitely. Humanity is better at adapting than sustaining. I would say an Adaptable future is a better idea.
It is also a question of how the state has handled the principles of Rule of Law. In a state where people get locked up with no explanation why, where people are sent to other countries for torture, where the state tortures people openly, where everything of interest to the public is classified, where people are subjected to intrusive searches and radiation when traveling, and so on... why should the police act any better? The police force in every country is always an area that bears watching for misuse of power - but they aren't going to do a better job than those above them demand. This situation isn't going to change unless some very high-level orders and policies are publicly investigated, torn up, and restitutions are made.
Then don't kill them, obviously. If they are a real person that associates with a group, it's murder. It is when they see themselves as merely a part of a group that they become valid targets.
Really, I am not serious. The mere problems involved in finding out what they are thinking makes it obviously unworkable.
However: There are so many ways to lose your individuality today. Everyone and their grandma wants you to give up your individuality, replacing it with obedience toward whatever. The idea of the well-oiled society where each person is merely a cog turning smoothly along with everyone else is surprisingly popular despite decades of suffering as consequences of the attempts that were made toward this in various places. If not nations, religions or organizations, it's mobs, riots and the like.
NOBODY should use these techniques to reach their goals. Humanity DOES answer to it, but the consequences are always terrible. And a response to it could be to only value the lives of these people as much as they value their own individuality. Consider it a thought experiment.
Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
It isn't murder if the person killed is only part of a group and sees him/herself as such. We aren't murderers for clipping toenails.
Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
No. Not because they took stuff. Because they consider themselves to only be part of a group.