February 1st, 2008


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Discussion (17)¬

  1. The lost baby wombat is so cute!

    Raised by moles… *rofl*

  2. Siege says:

    The innocent are some of the most dangerous, when their power awakens. Keep teaching, Digger.

  3. John the Wysard says:

    “Children are innocent, and love justice. Adults are guilty and infinitely prefer mercy.”

    -J.R.R. Tolkien, _On Fairy Tales_ (a 40 year old memory and perhaps a bit off)

  4. SeekingTruth says:


  5. Wildweathel says:

    Close, John. That quote is actually one of Tolkien’s associates, G. K. Chesterton in _The Coloured Lands_.

  6. Ysabet says:

    Y’know, I keep wondering if the white bird that Shadowchild ‘hatched’ out of might be a peacock… No reason, really; just saying, is all.

  7. Eagle0600 says:

    Quite possible.
    But would that make Digger a rat?

  8. Lemming says:

    An earth rat, to be precise.

  9. Rachel S. says:

    “For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. ” – G. K. Chesterton

  10. Mark Antony says:

    Baby wombat! Adorableness!

  11. jursamaj says:

    Children innocent? That’s a funny one!

  12. TekServer says:

    Of course children are innocent!

    The problem is that most people don’t realize that innocence, while it correlates well with “ignorance”, shares very few default traits in common with “good” (as typically defined).

    As for “loving justice”, well, I don’t know who this G. K. Chesterton is, but that’s just silly talk. Innocents don’t give a mole’s whisker for justice; they want whatever makes them happy and comfortable …


  13. Gen says:

    Right on, Tek!

  14. Tindi says:

    The discussion about children liking justice was because a lot of adults thought the bloody things happening to bad people should be taken out of children’s stories because they were disturbing. What was (and is still) true, though, was that children completely approve of “bad people” getting what was coming to them. People want the bad guys to get punished, and children don’t often see the shades of gray that make up real bad people, so their idea of punishment is often more simplistic than an adult’s would be.

  15. Trogdog says:

    “there is nothing so cruel or pure as a child.”
    can’t remember who the quote’s from.

  16. libbyblue says:

    Peter Pan, Trogdog.

  17. The Procrastinator says:

    One wonders. Obviously, Murai’s culture has its own version of our world’s Romulus and Remus, Mowgli, and probably numerous other examples I don’t know offhand. Given that their world also has highly-developed Hyenas, are there any examples of a Human child being raised by the Hyenas, or vice versa? (Or are both Humans and Hyenas smart enough to return any wandering infants to their appropriate species?)