my social studies teacher once told us “human beings are the most selfish of all. even when someone dies, you shed tears only because they are no more around to provide you with whatever they had been for so long”
and it has been 3 years since she said this and this is still what i think about at night
Your social studies teacher sounds like an insensitive, bitter sociopath who couldn’t grasp the complexity of love or friendship and was quite possibly a sort of shadow-lizard wearing a human skin.
So I know there’s a lot of mid/early-20th century alternate history settings wherein something goes wrong, but I gotta wonder if there’s a version where things actually turn out better?
Like Berlin falls to the allies and instead of the east and west turning on each-other they’re all “yknow, I don’t care if you’re a bunch of capitalists/communists, we fought together and now we’re bros”, and then instead of the Cold War they collaborate on an international space program or something. Or maybe it never even reaches that point, like German high command successfully assassinates Hitler/ the Emperor of Japan gets fed up with the militarists before Hiroshima and Nagasaki get bombed/ Allied colonial and military presence leaves Asia and the Pacific to run things their own way/ scientists working on the atom bomb just go “screw it” for whatever reason, and the setting that ensues is based on that instead of a more bleak alternative.
Maybe cuz the idea of “look at this terrible shit that could’ve happened” hits harder, iunno
When you catch your sister wearing your clothes:
I decided to play some Red Orchestra 2 and Call of Duty 2 again for the first time in ages, and I’m just now realizing how annoying and shrill all the German soldiers tend to sound in all those games.