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From: Jim Jordan <jbjordan@gnt.net>
Subject: RE: (whorl) Revealed at Last! What (Would Have) Killed the
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 13:00:21 

At 11:17 PM 1/18/00 -0500, you wrote:
>The threat contained in the secret that Horn uses to control the inhumi
>(Krait's secret) has to be something that they believe is possible to carry
>out. If the threat Horn is holding over them is, "I will tell people that
>they can defeat you by following the Golden Rule," I think they would have
>have laughed in his face. The inhumi know human nature much too well to
>believe that, even with the survival of humanity at stake, all people, or
>even most of them will be able to do unto others only what they would have
>the others do unto them. While it seems possible to me that if all the
>people on Blue started to love one another then the inhumi would love them
>as well and no longer want to prey on them, I don't think that the
>precondition is possible. And, more importantly for my argument, I don't
>believe that the inhumi would believe it was possible, either.
>I think that if we have enough information to know what the secret is
>already (and we may not) then it has to be something a good deal more
>specific than obeying the Golden Rule, although I don't think it's
>something entirely different. I think this quote is the key:
>>p 350: "If only we protected one another, they would all be idiots or
>>worse. As
>>it is, they always get enough to keep them going."
>I think the secret is that ALL human beings must be protected from the bite
>of the inhumi. No one on Blue wants the inhumi to feed on themselves or
>their loved ones and they will usually go to great lengths to prevent it.
>But, even though most of them probably don't want the inhumi to feed on any
>human being, they won't risk themselves or even make much of an effort to
>protect anyone else. But, if everyone knew that if the inhumi were
>prevented from getting any human blood at all, they would become
>unintelligent and (more importantly) unable to pose as human, then they
>might be motivated to actually act on this knowledge.
>I have to wonder how possible this complete protection would be, however.
>It doesn't seem entirely plausible to me, which makes me expect that there
>will turn out to be more than this to Krait's secret.
>William Ansley

	It seems to me that your proposal has the same problem as the "golden
rule" notion that I've been forced to reject. Everybody has to do it. It's
just a kind of negative side of the golden rule. Yet what Horn-dude
(whoever he is) threatens seems to be something more immediate. Also, both
the golden rule proposal and your proposal mean that as soon as one person
falls out of the system, he can be used by the inhumi again, and the
"defeat" is undone. 
	I think that both the "golden rule" and the "universal protection" ideas
are present and important in the book, but the "secret" would seem to be
something that can be implemented without such univeral cooperation.


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