Orson Scott Card

A Quote by Orson Scott Card on acting, desires, dreams, environment, god, good, honor, justice, order, punishment, society, and time

Even if there's no such thing as free will, we have to treat each other as if there were free will in order to live together in society. Because otherwise, every time somebody does something terrible, you can't punish him, because he can't help it, because his genes or his environment or God made him do it, and every time somebody does something good, you can't honour him because he was a puppet, too. If you think that everybody around you is a puppet why bother talking to them at all? Why even try to plan anything or create anything, since everything you plan or create or desire or dream of is just acting out the script your puppeteer built into you.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on choice, control, environment, god, justice, responsibility, soul, and stupidity

The priests say that God created our souls, and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer. If God created our will, then he's responsible for every choice we make. God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on good, humanity, needs, and survival

I'll put it bluntly. Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me - to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.

Orson Scott Card

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