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Dec 07, 2021 12:03 AM
an amentan lands in the bobbiverse
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“... how do you make sure that there’s a correct number of people in the world, with the correct set of traits?”

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"Oh. We have things to make children not happen, even in the time of year when children happen. You keep those until you have a permission, from the - the people who tell people what to do."

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Koyumena looks like she’s processing complex emotions! She fidgets around with a glittery seashell bracelet on her wrist.

 

”... we... set up incentives so that we overproduce... and then correct after the fact, to historical rates...? - it’s not universally popular, I quit creche work because of it, I understand the arguments in favor but there are ways we could avoid it and it’s so pointlessly awful -“

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Nuta stares at her.

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“It’s awful! We’re not - I don’t endorse my society, we suck, I don’t eat meat and I don’t like the extreme ends of pet eugenics and we need longer wait times for voluntary euthanasia -“

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"- I don't care if you eat meat! But children! On purpose! My country will kill a handful of babies every year to - to make it so parents won't break the rule - and not have them without permission - but babies with permission, never never never -"

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“- eating meat is actually a serious social problem, it’s really unethical! Some countries let people sell it and that’s even worse -“

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Nuta looks absolutely horrified.

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“- sorry, I’m - I’m so bad at trying to be friends with people, I’m sorry, do you need a hug or for me to leave or something else or - I’m sorry.”

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"I want your people to stop killing children!" she says shrilly. "By overproducing on purpose!"

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“I - it’s not fair to make me personally responsible for my whole society, I bet your world has terrible things that you don’t like! I’m sorry that everything is terrible should I just leave.”

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Nuta shakes her head and sits on the nearest soft surface and hugs her knees, starting to cry.

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Koyumena sits down on the other end of the soft surface and looks pervasively miserable.

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"Is everybody going to be that upset about Amentans eating meat?" Nuta asks, after a while.

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“People are mostly fine with it, I’m not - standard - there. Selling it is pretty controversial for everyone?”

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"Why selling it?"

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“If you can earn money by raising animals then people don’t treat them very well, if a household has a few cows and they have - names and birthday parties - even though they still eat them - then it’s easier to argue that it’s all net positive.”

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Nuta is thinking "is that the argument for the babies too" but she's not going to construct a sentence in another language about it. "Amentans mostly buy meat."

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Koyumena nods, slowly.

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"I don't know if I can eat no meat and be okay."

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“... if you mention that to the competent people they can probably figure something out.”

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"Okay. I don't think it will be bad for me fast."

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“That’s... good?”

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"Yeah. If they take a few days to figure it out I should be all right."

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She nods, slowly, again.

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