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113 pages, Kindle Edition
First published February 5, 2021
No one's got any proof that these... these new things, these statues that began springing up, ever did anything except remind the conquered peoples that they had indeed been conquered, just as had been happening throughout history
They are not from here, in any sense, any, that a human mind would understand as 'here.' Nowhere is 'here' for Them. Or everywhere is here.
This idea Eva had, that They were gods or something, I can't get behind that, but I can't shake it either. They had the trappings of gods, maybe They had fooled other worlds. But no hint of real divinity, except for power.
Appeasement, of course -- the policy with which I've lived most of my short and academically-focused life -- never worked... The truth was it never did, but that didn't stop places from trying it.
The enemy is not each other and the enemy is not love. It's not wanting to be loved, either.... That's the ally. The only one we've got. It will not help us win the day. Nothing will. But it will fight at our side. It will not save us. It will only save our humanity.