July 21st, 2012

Reading Desk

If only there were evil people

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
God Speed

limits to power

Inspired by another essay that jordan179 indexed -- this one.

In which he observes of Powerhouses -- really, really, really powerful superhumans, a la Superman

All this assumes that the Powerhouse is an ethical being. If he is ruthless and amoral, of course, he simply takes over. There is nothing that you can do to stop him, unless you have other Powerhouses or really good gadgeteers.

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