A Debate over Chess

Two guest lecturers from Benthic and Summerset were in Tyrant’s park yesterday picking over a game of chess and a decanter of wine. I paused to watch, and was privileged to overhear a rather remarkable ethical debate unfold…

CreazilRadioEBZ: The path of discovery and knowledge lies with #Benthic, friend. Summerset seems to use them as a means to an end. We’ve been holding quiet seminars for months already. Isn’t it time to teach openly without the Ministry’s censure?

awakeasaurusrex: Devils surround you, #Benthic gladly endorses the sale of souls, and yet you speak to *me* of “means to an end”? Pah!

CreazilRadioEBZ: The soul is only needed for appreciation of beauty, and it’s removal is often helpful to academic research.

awakeasaurusrex: Just because the full function of the soul hasn’t been discovered doesn’t mean it can be freely disposed of. I mean, we haven’t identified the function of most of the human brain. But you wouldn’t sell bits of your brain to Hell.

CreazilRadioEBZ: to quote an expert in matters of commerce: RT @Mr_Wines: @CreazilRadioEBZ Everything has a price. Most especially yourself.

awakeasaurusrex: My soul is unique, no other can substitute for it;thus,it is infinitely more valuable to me than it is to anyone else! It follows that nobody could possibly offer me a price for my soul equal to its unique value to me!

CreazilRadioEBZ: Consent and compensation are not staples of the spirifer’s trade. Why not collect some brass for it while you can? Just as Sorrow spiders don’t offer you an exchange value of silk for your eye. See opportunity for what it is.

awakeasaurusrex: Do you propose to sell an eye to a spider-council, pay tithes to robbers, send a tribute of limbs to Jack? The fact that one might be robbed tomorrow should not prevent one enjoying one’s property today.

CreazilRadioEBZ: If only they had the business sense, the profit that we could make. Most folk have two good eyes and a need for cash.

awakeasaurusrex: Your eagerness to diminish the perception of depth and muddy the clarity of sight is a microcosm of #Benthic itself.

CreazilRadioEBZ: We accede that your Sense of arbitrary moral superiority at having a soul is something we could never put a price on.

awakeasaurusrex: We concede that soullessness is practically a requirement of the radio host’s job these days.

CreazilRadioEBZ: And your ad hominum attacks are the pinnacle of the Summerset’s prowess in political debate.

awakeasaurusrex: Sometimes it must be said that the Emperor has no clothes, the Professor has no soul, and the Devil has taken both. Speaking of despoiled Emperors… *indicates chessboard* …checkmate, my friend.

CreazilRadioEBZ: That victory, at least, we’ll hand you fair and square.

Permission to publish was granted by both participants in the conversation.

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3 Comments

  1. August 10, 2010 at 6:33 am

    While I am afraid I cannot adopt my colleague’s sanguine attitude towards soullessness – it plays merry hob with one’s posture! – I must concur that one ought to be able to, should it be desired, sell one’s soul. Preventing it by governmental fiat, or seeking to persecute those who have made such a decision even further, is contemptible.

    What’s even more contemptible is the price the Brass Embassy offers for one’s soul. A mere pittance! Certainly they’ve asked me before, and twice I have thrown the devil out – through the second story window, in fact. They offer me a day’s wages for my souls. I never expected the denizens of Hell to be penny-pinchers, but there it is.

  2. NWeismuller said,

    August 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    As you well know, I am fundamentally opposed to the soul trade, not least because the devils rely upon fraud and theft as mainstays of it. Were they to offer anywhere near its true price, perhaps they would not need to rely on large-hatted robbers to acquire more.

    Simple thieves, the lot of them.

    • August 11, 2010 at 5:49 am

      I cannot disagree with you on the topic of fraud and theft, I confess.


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