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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-02-03 18:40
Subject: the_child speaks
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"There's only three things I want in life. One for me, two for the world. For people not to die. Every day people die. Peace means everything, like poor people and no hurting and stuff like that. And for everybody to care for each other.

For me, I want to fly."
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User: saoba
Date: 2007-02-04 02:46 (UTC)
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She's got my vote.
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2007-02-04 03:02 (UTC)
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Flight lessons?
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User: mizkit
Date: 2007-02-04 10:08 (UTC)
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That kid has *totally* got her priorities straight.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-02-04 11:45 (UTC)
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Can't agree.

"People not to die" just doesn't work. Unfashionable though this view might be, but people SHOULD die. We aren't fit for immortality, and we couldn't possibly cope with the population growth if we still kept producing new people but didn't lose any old ones. So to speak.

On the other hand, if she means "we shouldn't spend so much time and effort on trying to cure old rich people while ignoring young poor people" then I'm all in favour. If malaria were endemic in Europe or America, you can bet it would have been tackled a lot more thoroughly than taking the "oh, just spray insecticide to keep the mosquitoes away" approach. And even HIV has become far less high-profile now it's seen as a disease of poor, numerous black people who somehow don't matter.

Sorry, but I've visited Africa a few times, and it's a hobby horse of mine.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-02-04 15:19 (UTC)
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Honestly, I think she means the latter. She's 9, she hasn't thought through the practical implications of immortality.

As for me, I lived in Africa for a number of years when I waa a kid. Why do you think I'm such a raging leftist? I think it's very difficult to see the world with even a glimmer of understanding, then come home and be anything but a humanist. There is no humanism on the right any more.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2007-02-05 13:23 (UTC)
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For me, I want to fly.

Though I don't recommend you give her access (considering you already limit her television exposure), you should know that on Second Life everyone can fly.

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