part of the reason I rebooted Bussard is that I'm just having so much fun with Fennel, and I want to use it more.
but part of it is that I was feeling increasingly uncomfortable with the message behind the story. it was a parable in the vein of The Lathe of Heaven, which is a meditation on the Taoist principle of 无为: the art of achieving ends without the use of means. in Taoism, the idea that you can comprehend the impact of your actions enough to act with benevolence is arrogant and foolish.
the original storyline ended with this quote from Dune:
I know the evil of my ancestors because I am those people. [...] I know that few of you who read my words have ever thought about your ancestors this way. It has not occurred to you that your ancestors were survivors and that the survival itself sometimes involved savage decisions, a kind of wanton brutality which [civilization] works very hard to suppress. What price will you pay for that suppression? Will you accept your own extinction?
I wrote up a longer doc about the story here: https://gitlab.com/technomancy/bussard/blob/master/spoilers/progression.md
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