Oct 21, 2018 9:51 PM
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"They might get more takers if you offered different lengths of time. Can't do that by talking, but you could hold up different signs with different amounts on them on different occasions, and honor whatever was on them? And then the people you sent back could leave messages about it so everyone would know you were honest, and people would walk right up to you to be sent when they wanted to be on the day for that amount of time."

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"They don't believe you. People always run."

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"That's been your experience so far, but you do kind of do things that people would reasonably run from. Have you ever tried something like my idea before?"

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"What happened?"

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"And before that, what was going on?"

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"They know people want to live, so they looked for people who were dying or about to die, because they were cold or drowning or in danger, and sent them back in time to somewhere safer. But it didn't work, people still ran."

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"That was a really good try. I think it maybe didn't work because you didn't explain what you were doing first."

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"They don't really know how to explain things."

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"That's what I'm hoping to help with."

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"They say you're going to get into the time machine and run away, like everyone else."

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"I'd like to figure out a way to trust you so I don't have to do that. Being sent back in time won't hurt me by itself, and that's all you really want, but it's more complicated when I can't be sure if that's all you'll do."

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"They say they won't kill you."

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"I know they won't, because I can't die. I don't want them to kill anyone else either."

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"How are they supposed to stop people from attacking them then?"

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"If someone is attacking you, you can't really attack them back because you can't move while observed, right? So this isn't... even a good way of stopping people from attacking you? Whenever you'd need to fight in self-defense you basically can't."

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"Everyone has to blink."

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"Most people can wink or live in groups or both."

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"They can turn off the lights."

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"At any rate, I'm not going to help you carry on your conflict-based life cycle."

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"If you give them enough years to recover if they fail, they'll try it."

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"That's encouraging. I need a way to trust them on that."

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"They don't know how that works."

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"I need a reason to be confident, without having the ability to directly coerce them, that they'll do as they say they will. Since they have to have the years in hand before they can make a real try of it."

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