Comic 178 - Talk to your red

Posted on 6th Aug 2017, 2:57 AM in Blood on Mars
Talk to your red

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Morgenstern 6th Aug 2017, 2:57 AM edit delete
"They're going to die.

You realize that, right?

It's what they do.

They measure their lives in a finite number of cycles around their sun and then they cease to exist.

They're going to die and you're going to die with them.

Like them.

Like Mom did.

You'll be lucky if you're not what causes them to die."


6th Aug 2017, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I'll die? It wouldn't be the first time.
Vahno 6th Aug 2017, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
Yeah. Like Mom. She... chose to do so. To be human. Dying is... well.

Michelle's a tube cop. Her existence is to go up against violent criminals. To fight... and probably die in the line of duty.

Fuse. He's from the lower levels. Who knows how it would've happened. Murder? OD? Who knows.

Dr. Finch. Now he... It's hard to tell. Maybe he'd be in an accident. Or sickness. Old age. Something else. His death would've likely been the least violent way to go.

But they'll all go. One day, they're just... gonna... stop... It's sad, but it's the truth. But whatever does finally bring their time to an end...

It. Won't. Be. You.

You choose not to.
PurpleKetchup 6th Aug 2017, 3:14 AM edit delete reply

Hug her. Everything's fine.
DrBilly 6th Aug 2017, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
Alright, let's negotiate with our living interplanetary will, and try to teach it respect for even the most fleeting of life as well as a reason to persist in the face of nihilistic adversity.

The tricky part, amidst a multitude of very tricky parts, is to pick a solid perspective that we don't lose sight of, that also manages to argue for the positives of humanity.

I guess our opening statement should be that, yeah, our friends will die. So will we. It's an immutable part of being this kind of organism. But our deaths aren't guaranteed, and in fact with the advantages we have, we can keep people alive for longer than we would be able to than if we had never bothered at all. And that's important; a life spent doing good has much more value than a life spent doing nothing and cowering at the inevitability of death.

I doubt this will immediately convince our Red of the value of the plight of humanity, since Reds seem kinda stubborn. But it'll progress things to a different point of our Red's argument, and then we can try to work that part out.

Or it'll have a temper tantrum and kick us out! I don't know the rules, I just feebly grasp at them in the dark.
DrBilly 6th Aug 2017, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
Also, I bet Grizwold totally knows about every bit of this. He's just that damn good, after all.
PurpleKetchup 6th Aug 2017, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
Probably witnessed your mom landing on Earth and followed her ever since.