SANDOKHAN by RENÉ FRIEDRICH (A Novel)
SAMPLE CHAPTER QUOTE
29. The case of the missing train "I almost dare not to ask, Sandokhan," I began the next day, "but your talk of character-changing additives has got me thinking."
"Let me put it that way," he replied, "you can be anything good you would like to be. Anything. Pick and choose. I anticipated your question. Here is a list of basic virtues, to get you started." It was a very long list, maybe 200 words. I cite a few at random, not in the order of the list he gave me: Faith, hope, love, gentleness, patience, kindness, joy, creativity, peace, courage, wisdom, courtesy, benevolence, respect, empathy, honesty, confidence, loyalty, humor, mercy, beauty, curiosity, excellence, friendliness, generosity, helpfulness, modesty, perseverance, tolerance, gratitude. "But choose carefully. Because once you have acquired certain virtues, you will not be able to go back."
"That is the nature of virtues. They form very strong inner beliefs. You cannot act against them."
"Oh, I know some people, who preach virtues all day, and then act just the opposite, no problem."
"That's because their virtues are not biologically modified. Our biotech-enhanced virtues are pure as pure can be. Bullet-proof. Literally." I gulped. Now I understood. Once you swallowed the I'll-be-good-pill, his anyway, no way back. Good, good. Or was it? "It's absurd!" I protested. "For centuries, -nah!- millennia, or longer, people had to go through lengthy efforts to be a good person, live in isolation, endure test after test, humiliation after humiliation, and now you say, just swallow a pill -"
"Or drink special water."
"Or drink special water, and -bang- good person, the best!"
"No bang, but yes to the rest!"
"Why, if it were this easy, everyone would do it!"
"Pretty everyone in the know did." #Faith #hope #love #gentleness #patience #kindness #joy #creativity #peace #courage #wisdom #courtesy #benevolence #respect #empathy #honesty #confidence #loyalty #humor #mercy #beauty #curiosity #excellence #friendliness #generosity #helpfulness #modesty #perseverance #tolerance #gratitude