Dude in Distress Strip 80

6th Aug 2018, 7:01 AM in First Date
Dude in Distress Strip 80
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EssayBee 6th Aug 2018, 7:01 AM
Here's strip 80 of Dude in Distress, and it seems the conversation may be circling back to Femme's demons.


Black Rose 6th Aug 2018, 7:22 AM
Sounds like that there was a tragedy in FF's life???
...(RockB) 6th Aug 2018, 9:59 PM
Clark seems to disagree with her explanation/reasoning... I find it healthy.
EssayBee 7th Aug 2018, 9:28 AM
Not sure if he disagrees or just doesn't totally get the distinction. We'll be hearing more about Femme's past that shaped her thinking, but I think it's safe to assume her time as High Battle Princess is a big part of it.
...(RockB) 8th Aug 2018, 1:08 AM
Yeah, another thought I had while reading this page was 'a quite reliable way of getting someone to abhor war would be to expose him/her to the reality of it - and getting him/her out if it before said reality breaks him/her.' It probably wouldn't work with everybody, some people may not have the empathy needed for this but I think/hope that the vast majority of humans have it.

(Have to hurry already, so, short (about the distinction) - you know the story about the sea stars on the beach and the little girl? If not, I'll tell it tomorrow.)
O8h7w 8th Aug 2018, 12:53 PM
I haven't heard it, please tell!

I like to think that Clark understands the distinction as well as agrees, that his disagreeing face is all about "Then why did you ever command to kill?". It is easy to think that a strong enough force should be able to subdue their enemies without killing if their commander asks for it.
...(RockB) 9th Aug 2018, 5:27 PM
Whenever I read an SF story, stories that contain this are my favorite. But it depends on the "technological distance" between the combatants. If this distance is rather small, fights become bloody on both sides. Poul Anderson wrote some stories where e.g. some technological advanced humans got stranded on a much less advanced civilization, but without access to their technology they had to fight merely with their hands and their only (very small) advantage was their knowledge. I won't say that I hated it but me feelings about the stories I read were very near to that.
...(RockB) 9th Aug 2018, 5:11 PM
The story goes about as follows (I don't remember the exact wording, please bear with me):

A man goes to a beach and notices thousands of starfish on the sand, slowly dying. The man realizes that he can't do anything to save them all and becomes very sad. Then he notices a little girl who is picking up starfish one by one and throws them back into the sea. Still sad, the man tells the girl that there are so many on the beach that saving a few is quite pointless and won't make a difference.

The girl picks up another starfish, looks at it, throws it into the water and says "It makes a difference for this one."

Also, "sea star" -> "starfish", I was in a hurry and being German got the better of me: The German word for starfish is "Seestern", literally translated: "seastar" - sorry if that caused some confusion.
EssayBee 9th Aug 2018, 8:48 PM
That story's a perfect analogy.
O8h7w 10th Aug 2018, 10:50 AM
Vielen dank!

No confusion here, as in my native tongue Swedish they are called "sjöstjärna" which is an exact match with the German word - I almost didn't notice!
...(RockB) 17th Aug 2018, 9:53 PM
*high 5* to another European - (sorry EssayBee, that's about the amount of racism I allow myself to have :D)

Thinking about it, 8 days later... Unfortunately, "see stern" might nearly be a valid expression of totally misleading sense in English - American's, don't come to Germany, our language is confusing XD
O8h7w 20th Aug 2018, 7:27 AM
*high 5 returned*