Shogeton wrote:Oh, I read that one, it's actually the thing that got my whole line of questions started. Since the narrator there doesn't SAY why he's doing this, whether it is out of something shameful, something terrifying or even something selfish. And well, from one question comes another, mostly because, as said, my first questions showed that I didn't understand the Liir enough to 'get' the right ones.
Though, if from that whole list of questions I threw, there's one that's most on my mind. For a Liir looking at a Liir, is being a Suul'ka an actual, objective, measurable trait, rather than a moral judgement?
I will simply place in red ink the words which have no meaning to a Liir.
"Looking at" is monkey-think. It is how you express your necessarily limited and superficial perception of other sentient beings. To you, your fellow beings are flat two-dimensional images. They show you a surface prepared for your perusal and you believe what you see. When you pay attention to something, you are "looking at" it. But from a Liir viewpoint, you perceive almost nothing of interest or pertinence.
A Liir's perception is very different than yours. To a Liir, the blood clot inching toward a choke point in your brain to cause you a fatal stroke at 55 is far more visible than the color of your eyes. To a Liir, your memory of your parents and the way they shaped your being is far easier to perceive and parse than any of the noises you make with your mouth when you tell someone your name, or try to explain who you are.
To a Liir, your sensitivity to other living things is every bit as actual, as measurable, and as objectively real as the length of your femur or the way your proteins are linked together. "Moral judgment" is a phrase that would be virtually impossible to translate into any terms they would understand. "Judgment" is a decision that one comes to after deliberation, an opinion one develops upon reflection, or an assertion of something believed. Once you have performed these acts, you share your view with others by "pronouncing".
None of these steps exist for a Liir, in matters of morality.