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On the destruction of hope

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Kaeli: You're only trying to pervert my hopes.

Iz'rael: No. Fate will take care of that. We are all always proceeding from one forfeiture to the next.

Kaeli: Why should I listen to you?

Iz'rael: When I was young, I had the elder gods to initiate me. They helped me disengage from my illusions. Without them I would never endure the centuries. By imposing their bitterness, they prepared me for my own.

Kaeli: Great. Wisdom as a bitter pill.

Iz'rael: We gods were exceedingly ambitious and ready to conquer. But only failure awaited us....


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There is mortal terror in the hearts of humankind. This terror speaks in dulcet tones of the possibility of the failure of Gods, but while the Gods feed on bitterness, a kind of positive pessimism, the mortals feed on hope, culminating in the abyss, a constant negotiation and renegotiation, death and resurrection, au de la, a never-going-anywhere-but-always-moving.

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Thanks for the comment, Niven!I wonder about the unconscious intentions I may be holding when I write dialogue, particularly for Kaeli, the most naive of the gods. Yet this naivete may be the key to her being the most "human" of the lot, that her naivete allows her to hope. She is not encrusted with years of bitterness. On the other hand, Iz'rael's pessimistic wisdom is less his own, than the general prevailing ideology of the gods that's set as a foil to the optimism of Kaeli. That means I didn't personalize the pessimism. Got a way to go.

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