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Recent PostsMorgan's All Purpose Argument Thread on 11/9/2017 2:06:41 PM
Your homophobia is entirely hateful and respectful. Nobody chooses to be homosexual, it's an innate attraction. You think if people could simply elect to stop being gay that they would have endured the centuries of abuse they've eaten at the end of religious and societal discrimination? The mere insinuation that your religion is anything but hateful and bigoted towards homosexuals is so surprising I wonder if you've actually read your religious text cover to cover.
If you're asserting that people choose to be homosexuals, then you are disrespecting and undermining the struggles of the LGBTQ community that have tried so hard to gain acceptance for simply being who they are. If you're asserting it's not a choice, then God created homosexuals. That implies that God is either malicious or incompetent. What loving God with his head on straight would create LGBTQ people if he hates the orientation?
I've heard it argued that it's not the people that are hated, it's the "act". Stephen Frye addressed this argument pretty beautifully. God creates people as they are, but then to a very select subset of people he says "Yeah I know I made you to love other men, but you're going to have to live your life doing something opposite. Where everyone else is allowed to find happiness in partnerships and love, you don't get to. You never get to have sex, get married, or do any of that. However, feel free to live in a society where everyone else around you gets to do that and throw it in your face." That's a rather monstrous and hateful edict.
It's nice to see that you're starting to embrace your homophoibia, but please don't pretend like your religion encourages you to see LGBTQ people as anything more than subhuman.
Morgan's All Purpose Argument Thread on 11/9/2017 1:56:06 PM
I'd also like to point out that if God is omnibenevolent, why would he create a mechanism for forgiveness that demanded human sacrifice? Why not just offer forgiveness and salvation to people without murdering and zombifying his son?
If God is omniscient, he already knows who will accept salvation from the moment they are created. This means he's intentionally creating people he knows without a doubt would be sent to Hell to be tortured and punished for all eternity. What kind of maniac brings someone into existence knowing that the vast majority of their existence will be spent in unimaginable and infinite torment?
Morgan's All Purpose Argument Thread on 11/7/2017 1:09:21 PM
It's never really dead, it's just waiting for the right moment to strike again.
Morgan's All Purpose Argument Thread on 11/6/2017 8:57:45 PM
Like the Energizer Bunny.
Is This a Good Intro? on 10/19/2017 5:48:51 PM
I like feel of the introduction, it enforces that the universe continues without people. I love this idea of humans being crushed by the weight of the universe in some sort of grand scale natural selection. You have a gift for creating imagery that is powerful and I was riveted by the story.
I don't know what the significance of the repetition is. Is the implication that humanity was given a second chance and evolved much in the same militant way they did the first time? Are the aliens going to be the "deities"? There are a lot of questions this intro raises that you can answer in the story. That's what a good introduction does. It makes the reader wonder what's going on in a good way.
I think a good place to go from here is what the humans are generally like now. It seems as if they were bombed back into an age before scientific development, in which case it would be fascinating to see which knowledge is preserved and which is lost over time.
In terms of mythology, I don't think it would be too complicated, provided that you don't introduce the mythology as a massive information dump. If you start revealing the mythology as it becomes relevant to the culture and tie it into what's going on, I think it'll enrich the experience. For example, your character might be observing a new fertility ritual that might serve as a segue into talking about the diety of fertility. Just make their introduction organic, and they'll be memorable.
Personally, I think the really big draw for me is not the destruction of mankind as we know it, not necessarily the aliens that did the devastation, but how humanity adapts and is reborn through that. Do they find themselves subjugated by the aliens, or are the aliens just watchful protectors experimenting at creating a utopia? You have all the makings of a very compelling narrative and anything you can do that will give us insight into the state of humanity both culturally and physically would be welcome.
IFComp on 10/19/2017 4:06:25 PM
Does that make CYS the last bastion of hope?
cys used to be so active, where did the time go? on 10/12/2017 4:43:41 PM
What the hell? I have zero salty noobs whining in my inbox and I've given some negative reviews. I feel cheated.
Murder becomes legal on 10/12/2017 4:32:57 PM
I mean that depends on what you use as a basis for morality. At is core, morality is subjective so terms like good or bad are irrelevant in that respect. When moral contracts are formed in society, if well-being is used as a general rule then you easily say that murder is bad. Killing someone in nearly all cases is directly detrimental to their well being. That being said, morality can't be proven since it is largely a social construct. Murder is bad because people generally agree that they wouldn't want to be recipients of murder and this classify it as bad. That would be like saying "Prove the number 4 is 4."
California makes murder a misdemeanor. on 10/12/2017 4:24:28 PM
Coming from someone who lives in California, I am also not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised.
ITT we are all liberals on 10/6/2017 7:13:47 PM
I'd like to add one to your list if I may:
6. If I don't accept you it's because you are a bigot and I do not associate with bigots.