Thursday, July 12, 2007


The Day's Progress

Decent day today, and I got where I needed to get. Finally got all the pieces in place for the final act, and tomorrow I'll start knocking them over.

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In today's sample, Syuxtun, the Athabascan Muslim from Khalifa, gives the young drug smuggler Cai a little pep talk before going into battle.
“Don’t be afraid, brother,” Syuxtun said, soothingly. "As the prophet says, ‘Short is the enjoyment of this world; the Hereafter is the best for those who do right.’”

Cai looked at him, his confusion evident even through the tinted face plate. “I have no idea what you just said.”

“It means,” Syuxtun explained, “that life is fleeting, and to do your duty is to do right. God’s call to self-sacrifice is never unjust. And what do you gain from fleeing death, after all? ‘Wherever ye are, Death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high!’ If you fear death you will not escape death by being afraid. Instead, face it boldly when duty calls.”

“Oh, thank you, great sage,” Cai said sarcastically, sounding near the point of breaking, “I feel much better about everything now.”

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