From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) TBOTSS and colonialism Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 20:37:45 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Adam Stephanides" > > From: "Adam Stephanides" > >> > >> And depicting the relations between groups in terms of > >> "evolutionary rivalry and conflict" to the death is also dangerous, given > >> this century's history. > > > A good writer writes about reality, not avoiding what is "dangerous". > > To be sure. I don't regard that view of relations between groups to be > "reality," though. It is not the character of Reality to be other than Dangerous. Rather, the Real presents us with a series of Tests, each more unbearable than the one before. Wolfe is writing about one of these Tests. Like all real tests, it is a moral one. It is the question of how you behave when you have the ability - thrust upon you by the horribly cruel machinery of Evolution - to create a living soul within the body of a bloodsucking, predatory, reptile: to create a thing that then screams and weeps sincere psychic tears as it **continues** to prey on and kill human beings. It is not a test with an easy answer. It seems to me that you are hopelessly thrall to the comfortable Star Trek view of the universe, and the Other within it. hartshorn --