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Today's "Writer's Block" entry, on the LJ front page:

Rescue mission

If someone intentionally set fire to your home and you had ten minutes to get out, would you try to save the arsonist or your belongings?


Am I missing something in this question? If someone intentionally burned my house down, would I spend the precious seconds I had left to me saving all my material possessions that I had worked a lifetime for, or would I rescue the guy who set fire to the place? What the fuck kind of question is that? Who on earth would save the arsonist? HE'S THE ONE WHO SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE! I don't even understand what the question is attempting to illuminate. If someone stabbed you and stole all your money, and then gave himself a paper cut while taking all the money out of your wallet, would you go to the hospital or try to find a Band-Aid for the mugger?

I don't understand you sometimes, LiveJournal.

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vito_excalibur
Jun. 18th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Maybe it's for people whose material possessions aren't all that great?

That was one of my favorite bits in Expecting Someone Taller, where the immortal character points out that in mythical times when people renounced all earthly wealth for True Love, earthly wealth just wasn't all that. Maybe you'd be renouncing a slightly less motheaten cloak than your neighbor. These days you'd be renouncing amazing, amazing shit!
ludickid
Jun. 18th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Of course, being the pre-hygienic ere, True Love probably wasn't all that, either.
mckennl
Jun. 18th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh come on, True Love is the Gourmet Cupcake of emotions and has ever been thus. The B.O. stank of one's beloved just after intimacy is sweet perfume to anyone in True Love's thrall.
cleotyne
Jun. 18th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
Wouldn't the arsonist be watching the fire from a safe distance? That's why the question makes no sense to me.
ludickid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I know! WHY IS HE IN THE HOUSE
eyelid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
maybe he wanted to burn? In which case, who am I to get in the way of his dream.
perich
Jun. 18th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
This question was written by an intern in a Russian hacker commune, don't forget. For all they know, "arsonist" means "pets endangered by arson."
ludickid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Lousy commies.
eyelid
Jun. 18th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
I might spend a few precious moments kicking the arsonist. Does that count?
ludickid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
See, if I saved all my belongings, I would have guns to shoot the arsonist with as he came running out the door in flames.
eyelid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know, if he's already on fire, it might be more poetic to just let him burn.
schtune
Jun. 18th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hmm, maybe if the arsonist was really nice looking. And I lived among nothing but rooms of damning evidence, should a representative of the law ever see it. And I were fully and heavily insured.
ludickid
Jun. 18th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I think YOU should be writing these questions.
bassman42
Jun. 18th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
That was a really stupid question. Anyone that altruistic is not human and therefore should be excluded from answering. LJ fails again!
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