From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) TBOTSS and colonialism Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 09:25:27 -0700 Hartshorn wrote... > The ghost-soul in the inhumi may attain to a sort of human > virtue. The flesh remains evil. Of course the question is > whether "evil" in this context means anything other than > "evil to humans". It does indeed ... recall Krait's comment that humans are the cattle of the inhumi (from memory, haven't read that passage in a while...) This also ties into my sermonette on souls and selves ... if the inhumi can't not drink blood because of their physical nature (though I suppose that an occasional, extraordinarily self-sacrificing, inhumX might choose to die rather than doing so), then whatever souls they may possess should not be judged by this ... the soul is responsbile for guiding the person's behavior toward morality, but is limited by the facticity of the person's physical circumstances, including the person's body. This is a complex moral issue made more complex by the introduction of a variety of non-humans, and Wolfe's deliberate and concerted attempts to have the inhumi push as many "THESE THINGS ARE SCARY/BAD!!!" buttons in his readers as possible. (Off the top of my head: they're reptilian; they're vampiric; they're infiltrating shapeshifters; they're capable of deep and malefic schemes; they have human intelligence without [or so we are at first led to believe] human emotion; they drink beef tea...) > And the whole point of the inhumi is to put these concepts to > the Question. To Excruciation Well, yes, but that's also the point of the alzabo, the aqastors, the chems... --Blattid --