The Truth Will Set You Free

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Gordon tapped his data-pad at random with his fingers causing tiny fireworks to light up at his touch. He was bored. History was boring.

“Gordie? Can you share with the class your thoughts on the Avaritia legislation?”

In a bored tone, Gordon recited, “The landmark Avaritia legislation made greed at the expense of others a punishable offense in the United States. It was protested against widely but after the first round of sterilizations, the people began to support it. After that many ills of society, like homelessness and abject poverty, disappeared. A new era dawned. Interest in space travel was renewed, leading to the six Lunar colonies, the Asimov stations, and the Mars Projects.”

“Does everyone think that the legislation was a good thing?”

He became fierce. “No! The desire to better ourselves at any cost, the competitive part of us, the fire inside our species was lost. We traded our long term survivability for temporary safety and technical advancements.”

“Your answers have been recorded.”

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  1. Avatar Emilou

    I love the last line. :D

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    and you will be called down to the office next period to discuss your treasonous words and if they exemplify selfishness to the extreme of greed at the expense of others.. we have a no tolerance of strong emotional outbursts.

  3. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    The last line was epic. He will be punished. Such a brilliant story!

  4. Avatar Catherine

    I really really enjoy this. The last line was good but I especially like his outburst at the end!

  5. Avatar Marli

    Very well written. Carbon Trading won’t be a topic for discussion in your classroom!

  6. Avatar DoItForScience

    Die in a fire, Gordon Gecko.

    Naw, just kidding. But seriously, is that why you chose the name?

  7. Avatar DoItForScience

    Also, I think this ignores altruism as a motivating force.

  8. Avatar Robert Quick

    Thank you everyone for your comments, I am pleased that you liked it.
    @ Elsha and PJ- Exactly! Although, it is likely that he be punished or altered for his selfish thoughts, he could just as easily be promoted- that’s leadership material there.

    @ Doitforscience- Actually I chose Gordon because it feels very science-fiction-y. Probably books I’ve read or names I’ve seen.

    I don’t think I ignored altruism, I just don’t think it exists on a level playing field with greed.