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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.”

― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

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Discworld was always curious about the neverending novel but never had the chance to read it.

@freemo Pratchett was a grandmaster with words and concepts. I should reread this, it's the right season for it!

@trinsec @freemo Even the movie adaptation is pretty good if you can track down a copy.

@sergiopantalone

Indeed it is, though technically a miniseries. But yea wasnt a bad watch.

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@sgryphon

Its really some of the only good christmas stuff out there :)

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@freemo @General there are plenty of decent Christmas movies - Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are two that come to mind :-)

@sgryphon @freemo @General bad Santa. I laughed so hard watching that movie I had tears in my eyes 😅🎅🏻

@freemo @General Grind down someone's brain and show me one atom of happiness, of sadness, of intellect and of intuition. Yet it is still there.
@freemo I suspect that there is soon going to be an attack on things such as justice, mercy, and duty and Pratchett putting that in his book is just the first step.

@bypel Dont drag Pratchett into the shiftiness of humans :)

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