Acts of Contrition: Prologue

by Domenika Marzione

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexander Summers" <ASUMMERS01@...>
To: "Piotr Rasputin" <PNR78@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 15 October, 2002 2:20 PM
Subject: better than ipecac

It should be the aspiration - indeed, the obligation - of the mutant to discover how his or her gift may best benefit society as whole. Reciprocally, it should also be the obligation of society to create such opportunities for its post-human members.

A telekinetic may find satisfaction in being a trash collector, utilizing his power to effectively clean the streets, but would he not be better served as an emergency rescuer, lifting to safety fallen skiers who cannot be reached by helicopter or raising children who have fallen down mineshafts, or as a chemist or biologist in a laboratory splitting atoms and furthering the sciences, or as a surgeon performing delicate tasks for which we do not yet possess the instruments? Would not society be better served by such synchronization of ability and need?

The education of the post-human child must be geared toward recognizing this dual obligation to both self and society, dealing sensitively with both the child's interests and abilities as well with his or her limitations, combining both into a program that optimizes the child's talents. It should be the imperative of post-human education to cultivate excellence not only on the social level, but also the individual - not just the best telekinetic surgeon, but also the best telekinetic.

Piotr -

Funny how he's talking about surgeons and nuclear physicists when the only telekinetic he knows is the one he's got working as a soldier in his little private army. Don't tell me that the optimal social and personal function for all of you guys is 'paramilitary soldier.' Ah, well. Hypocrisy starts at home and all that jazz.

The rest of the article (yeah, I really did read the whole thing - even if it took me a few tries to get as far as what I quoted because I was laughing too hard) was Xavier advocating the education of mutants in publicly-funded (of course) academies - the state should pay for it because they had a vested interest in the results. I think he wants to recreate the setup they have here: the elite (post-human - does he not realize how *insulting* that sounds?) are in one system and the lumpen proletariat (human) in another and never the twain shall meet. Or maybe he wants to undo _Brown vs. Board of Education_ and call it separate but equal. I'll see if I can't find an online version of the article or else I'll just photocopy the one I have and give it to you when you guys cross the pond in a few months. Or does he make you read all his stuff before it goes out?

In other matters... Dude. Getting boxed 7-2 by Colorado's one thing, but back-to-back 5-1 hammerings by the *Atlanta Thrashers*? You need a new hockey team. Remind me to take you to one of the games over here; almost as much fun as a soccer match, but with less beer.


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