Jan. 18th, 2007

called_lioness: (moments of prayer)
-What's the worst thing someone could do?
Harm another for the sake of harming.

-What's the worst thing someone could do to you?
Lie. For no reason.

-What's the worst thing that could happen to you?
I'm not answering this.

-What's the worst thing someone could say about a person?
It depends on the people involved.

-What's the best thing someone could say about a person?
It depends on the people involved, again. What's a blessing for me may not be for all; what I'd take offense at others might not.

-Are men and women basically different?
In many ways, yes. In many ways, no. It very much depends

I keep saying this, but it keeps being true, too.

-Which is better, to be a woman or to be a man?
Neither. But I like being a woman.

I do think it's sometimes easier top be a man.

-What can men do that women can't do?
I think men and women, for the most part, can do the same things. Men are permitted to do far more; women are still capable of it.

That said, anything related to biology, of course.

And they can move far more easily through society.

-What can women do that men can't do?
Again, things related to biology.

-Is it possible to change genders?
I...suppose with magic it is.

-How old is old enough to have sex?
(Please note, any question related to this topic is only given after a long pause where she considers it.)
I...would be more worried about maturity than age. But I don't think--under sixteen seems very, very young to me no matter what. I think younger than that is far too young.

-Is it wrong to have sex if you're unmarried?
I...should say yes, I'm sure. I know why people say yes. But--no.

No. I can't say it's wrong. Not always. Not if you love the person truly and they truly love you.

It might not be proper.

But I don't think it's wrong.

-Is it wrong to have sex with someone other than your spouse if you're married?
(This one receives no pause.) Yes. Of course.

-Is it wrong to have sex with a person of the same gender?
Oh. I--don't know. I still don't entirely understand that. But I--don't think so. Not if there's love. I don't think I get to decide what sort of love is all right or not. I'm truly not sure, though.

(Note: Lucy would not understand polyamorous relationships. She is too set in the idea of one-to-one. She would not like it, either, and that she would actually find wrong. But she'd never say it.)

-Is it wrong to have sex with a person of a different race (or a different intelligent non-human species)?
Not that I see. Dryads and men married often.

-Is it wrong to have more than one sexual partner at the same time?
Yes, but--why would you want to, anyway? Why not throw yourself into the one with all you are?

-Is it wrong to have sex with someone you don't love?
Yes.

Even if you're married to them, if you don't love them--yes.

But sometimes, I think, it's also understandable. Not right--but understandable.

-What are the responsibilities of a mother toward a child?
To love and raise from child to adult best she can.

-What are the responsibilities of a father toward a child?
To love and raise from child to adult best he can.

-What are the responsibilities of a child toward a parent?
To listen and obey and be cared for, and when they're older, care best they can in return.

-Which should be more important to you, your parent or your child?
The same, but--well, look at child or spouse for an answer to this, too.

-Which should be more important to you, your parent or your spouse?
I think...neither's more important, but at some point you have to focus your life on where you're going more than where you came from.

-Which should be more important to you, your child or your spouse?
Neither would be more important.

But I would take care of my child before my spouse. I trust him enough to take care of himself. And if I had to choose one or another to rescue from a burning building, oh, always my child.

If he didn't do the same, I don't think I'd want him for father for my child.

-Is it wrong to have a child if you're unmarried?
It's not proper. And I don't think it's wise. Certainly not easy.

But if you're sleeping with someone before wedding--it's possible. And if I don't think the one's always wrong, I--don't know that I can think this is either, really.

I think love matters most. I think always and ever that.

I think it's wrong to marry someone you don't love just because you're having a child together, though. I know that. Proper--but I don't think it's right.

-Is abortion wrong?
Yes.

There are no exceptions.

(Also note: if she'd been raised in a different time and place, Lucy would understand, a bit better, the concept of ending a pregnancy to save the mother's life if neither would live otherwise. She does not understand, really, the concept of safe abortions; for her, the concept of abortion is one where you are ending the pregnancy simply not to have a child. She can't think of it any other way.)

-Is contraception wrong?
I...don't know. I'm not sure. I think it's harder for me to understand it being used in marriage than outside it.

(Long pause)

I don't like it. That's all I know.

-Is there one true religion?
There's one true God. I'm not sure which religion is entirely right. I mean--I mean, there's the Lion and the Man both, and they're the same and not, and it's all so fractured--and I think the vicar I knew would say there could never be the Lion but there is--I don't know.

One true God I love best. I'll say that. There are others, but--

It's arrogant, mayhap, but I'd say they're not the true one. No. Some are kind anyway, but--not true. And some are simply evil.

-Does a deity or deities exist?
Surely.

-How important is it to believe in a deity or deities?
I don't understand how anyone can do otherwise, honestly. I'm not sure if that makes me able to answer the question.

-How important is it to actively practice your religion?
I...don't know, exactly. I'm not a very good Anglican, but I'm not--

It's complicated.

I think it's important to know what you believe and actively believe it.

-Does magic exist?
Yes.

-Is practicing magic wrong?
It depends on the sort of magic.

-Is killing always wrong?
Killing for revenge's sake, yes. Or selfish reasons.

Otherwise, no. Not necessarily.

Sometimes it's necessity and the best choice.

-Is war always wrong?
No.

But it's always awful.

-How old is old enough to fight in a war?
It depends on what's needed and how badly. You have to set the rule as you go.

-Is rape always wrong?
Yes.

-Is torture always wrong?
Yes.

It has its uses. But it's always wrong.

Being useful doesn't mean you should do it.

Sometimes, though, I'm not sure it might not be the only option.

I don't think I ever could.

I think it would still be wrong.

-Is theft always wrong?
No. Stealing for the sake of stealing is wrong; for survival's sake, no.

-Is slavery wrong?
Oh, yes.

-Is lying wrong?
Often, yes.

Sometimes necessary, depending on the situation.

-Is swearing wrong?
I don't really think so. It's not always appropriate, though.

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