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No need for guards when you can convince people to collaborate in their own internment.
It wasn’t a foul mood, it was the privilege that age had bought her, to dispense with the lie of politeness.
only people who think they have a future fear death.
that would be genocide. Killing a people, down to the very idea of them as a people.”
Even though it feels wrong to yell at any adult. Yet she has also spent the past year and a half learning that adults are people, and sometimes they are wrong, and sometimes somebody should yell at them.
“I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.”
There are stages to the process of being betrayed by your society. One is jolted from a place of complacency by the discovery of difference, by hypocrisy, by inexplicable or incongruous ill treatment. What follows is a time of confusion—unlearning what one thought to be the truth. Immersing oneself in the new truth. And then a decision must be made.
But for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress.