Sep 29, 2022 3:31 AM
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"Yes. Science and technology have progressed very quickly in the past sixty years." She quirks an eyebrow. "Which is, of course, not something anyone here is responsible for."

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"I did a good deal more popularizing than inventing, Veritas."

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Minerva smiles slightly behind her mask. She hasn't gotten very many people to copy her, yet, but she will.

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"Well, I hope they're on net more like this nifty translator than like the weather control device. Though I suppose weather control has its benign uses as long as nobody steals it."

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"That was what happened, yes."

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"The translator's very helpful, yes, I did a lot of traveling before I settled down and it's useful to get a start on the language."

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(Minerva has not designed a universal translator yet, but strongly suspects that if she did, it would only work on languages that she gave it dictionaries for. The Smith is bafflingly impressive, sometimes.)

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"It's really cool, yeah."

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"Happy to help if there's anything else you need," says the Smith.

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"Since you're not from around here," says Veritas, who has noticed that Kybele is slightly confused "- people try to take over the world a few times a year. Their plans usually aren't very sensible, but it's still our job to stop them before they get anyone killed."

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"Are they mostly doing it because they want to be fam- oh, that doesn't even work here, does it - do they have particularly interesting ideas for what to do with the world if they get it?"

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"Rarely."

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"...then why do they want to do it?"

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"The two leading nations in the world have weapons that can destroy human life on the planet -"

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Skeptical snort.

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"- and are pointing overwhelming numbers of them at each other and constantly building more. It is a crisis and something should be done but building more superweapons is not helping."

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"- ah. I guess that would be... the sort of thing."

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" - There are always things that can be done, if people will cooperate, to make the world a better place; if every country in the world spent half as much on armies, say, they would all be exactly as protected as they are and they could all tax their people less, and everyone would be better off. You can persuade people to cooperate, but that's hard, and you need to understand what they're thinking and show trust and help them understand where you're coming from, and so many supervillains think that they can just skip all the difficulties; if they can use force to make everyone do the right thing, they can just be in control, and can do whatever's best for everyone and then be free to do whatever they want."

"Sandor thinks that if he can take power, that will be it, and it will be over; if he can come up with one idea smart enough to beat everyone all at once, he can rule the world, and all the world's problems will be over. I think - people are more complicated than that; power is more dangerous than that, truth is harder to find than that - and he can't do it anyway; there's too many people out there who don't want to be ruled, too many people with their own skills and talents and problems too complicated for a single genius to understand. But he's going to try anyway, and so we try to stop him before too many people get hurt."

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This has kind of the sound of a long-rehearsed speech. She supposes she was kind of asking for it, as long as he has one handy in his pocket.

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