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Old January 18th 02, 12:30   #12
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Re: Deconstruction of Falling Stars and the future of the human race (spoilers)

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>have come full circle and become immortal again. I wonder if we have left behind joy and love and companionship b/c we know they won't last.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Like all really good questions, this too is still open.

If you would ask a Shadow, it might tell you that everything lasts -- in eternal change. That only by running can you stay where you are, that only by searching can you maintain what you have.

Perhaps the original First Ones simply forgot how to dream -- and how to rediscover lost dreams. Perhaps they got fixed in their ways, preferred safety in isolation over companionship in uncertainty.

Perhaps Lorien was an old fool and Ivanova was right. How can you expect love to last forever if the parties involved cling to their past? It can not. It will fade. Only if both parties keep learning, only if they accept change and choose to face it together... only then can it last.

A spoiler about Galen, the Shadows and the third technomage book.

<table bgcolor=black><tr><td bgcolor=black><font size=1 color=white>Spoiler:</font></td></tr><tr><td><font size=2 color=black>Basing on the Shadow sentence Galen noticed on Z'ha'dum, we may suspect that at some point, the Shadows knew this. At some point they knew how to stay balanced in spite of living forever, how to stay fresh in spite of their age.

The sentence was something like this: "only in shadows, only between doubt and certainty can true understanding be found". They knew that they too should keep solving the puzzles presented by life.

But like everyone, they made mistakes. As they had no peers to point out these mistakes, the dropped deeper and deeper until they got lost. The same happended to most other First Ones.

Only if they would have kept exploring, actively traveled the galaxy, communicated with each other and lived an interesting life, only then could they have kept their dreams.</font></td></tr></table>

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[This message has been edited by Lennier (edited January 18, 2002).]
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