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I had zombie dreams last night. I think it was becasue I ate a sandwich and a bunch of Quaker oat squares right before I went to bed.

"I am not a happy man, Ender. Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it."

Rackham is telling ender that although he was manipulated and taken advantage of, it was what needed to be done. Rackham's philosophy focuses on the bigger picture. he is telling ender that he is just a small part of a whole, and sometimes, the whole must be put before individuality and personal preference. this means that sometimes, in order to live a better life, happiness must be sacrificed.


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Good point Michael.

It seems that you read beyond your years and come up with some good ideas. I agree with the "happiness must be sacrificed" part, in order to benefit others. But when does that get to be too much? When does it past the point of interfering with your life? People have to be happy in order to live.

Should we give it up in order to please others?

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