(urth) Short Sun blog review

António Pedro Marques entonio at gmail.com
Wed Sep 22 10:27:14 PDT 2010

James Wynn wrote (22-09-2010 18:16):
>>> Dan'l-
>>> That's a very modernistic/democratic approach ... people in feudal
>>> societies don't wonder where their taxes are going, they are grateful
>>> they aren't higher.
>> Anotonio-
>> Don't know... taxes used to go to tangible things or waste. The Whorl
>> is not waste but isn't much tangible either. It's clearly something
>> that is visible - like, say, a cathedral - but unlike a cathedral, it
>> doesn't serve its purpose just by being there.
> As far as improving the life of any Urthling or colonist, it was surely
> a tremendous waste. As a monument it was merely tremendous, which is
> what one desires of a monument.

But a monument serves its purpose by being there. The Whorl wasn't meant to 
stay there.

> To repeat my analogy, the Pakistani and Iranian nuclear weapons programs
> will not improve the lives of any average citizen of those nations, nor
> have they so far. That is not why they are popular there (and they are).

And what popularity would they enjoy if they were sent to somewhere out of 

More information about the Urth mailing list