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October 15, 2005

Two types of people in this world

I'd kind of lost faith with Iain Banks, and only drifted back into orbit after the Piers-like stream-of-consciousness of his book on whisky, 'Raw Spirit'. But we seem to have returned to common ground, and the quote that follows makes me feel that even more so.

"It's about, do you see someone having a really tough time of things and think, Tough shit, loser? Or do you see somebody having a really tough time and think, Hmm, too bad, or Oh, that's a shame, or, Oh, poor person, I wonder how I can help? That's the choice. Choices. Choice. It's all about how nasty or nice you are."
"Wow, you really must be nice," Craig said. "You missed out the one that's worse than, Tough shit, loser."
"I did? There is one?"
"Yes; it's, Hmmm, how can I exploit this already down-and-out and therefore usefully vulnerable person for my own ends?"

Posted by Tom Dolan at October 15, 2005 09:29 PM

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