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.

I still feel this is a powerful and appropriate philosophy for interacting with other humans around you, but it's woefully inadequate for dealing with existential threats like runaway capitalism.

in 2018 that seems like an ill-considered message to be sending, and I need to take it in the direction of optimistic resistance; more solarpunk with a little meatpunk influence for good measure:


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?

(the plot culminated in the player character choosing their own destruction by refusing to follow orders to assault a peaceful target)

and while I love the tension that question evokes, I'll have to save it for another time.

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