[LMB] The Worlds of Lois
azurite at rogers.com
Sun Dec 16 04:27:39 GMT 2012
Francis Turner wrote:
> My problem with Beta is that they seem to be
> insufferably SMUG and convinced that they are the best society
> in the Nexus
I'm happy to agree with this! There's a discrepancy between how good the Betans think they are and what I see. This... is mildly irritating. Disconcerting, sometimes. It is probably (as much as anything) the reason I don't much like the scenes in the books which are set on Beta Colony, with the exception of Cordelia's escape and the events leading up to it.
> By their values, they are the best.
Exactly, and aren't they aware of it!
> Being the best implies being an outlier.
[snipping the assessment by Francis, with which I mostly agree, and getting back to Damien]
> That's more your projection than actual textev.
It's a valid interpretation of what we read. It's in the text; whether it's what we infer depends on what we make of the text.
> There isn't actually any textev suggesting people commonly
> get committed for their own good like that.
There is some, though. Certain characters in the story seem to believe it happens.
> They get committed for being a threat.
They don't get committed. They get therapy.
> Arde was a major threat.
> Cordelia, let us not forget, had thrown a
> medal at the President's head and kicked him in the
I'd have no problem if she were arrested and tried, or arrested, tried and jailed for kicking the President. (Actually, I think that scene is hilarious.)
> And even there, co-operating with Mehta and being medically cleared
> was a condition for keeping her job and command.
Yup. I'd've been outa there soooo fast!
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