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Old 01-11-2008, 01:59 PM
Bengaley Bengaley is offline
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Default Greed, Graft, and Glory – A discussion on the fate of Solrain

According to the new in-game fiction, corporations are acting little like thugs these days. I’m surprised the STCC is still standing, to be quite honest – I would have thought infighting would tear it appart as one group tried to use the STCC to it’s advantage.

It’s the extent of this new culture’s impact upon the spacegoing members of Solrain that I’m wondering. How far does the rot, if you want to even call it that, go?

Generally, members of Solrain, Quantar, or Octavius become pilots because they are idealists. They can join a Navy without being Jump-capable pilots, but they’re limited to just the local system they were born in. Most Jump-capable pilots cannot return back to being planetbound – to re-enter a planets gravwell is death. So you need a good motivator, above and beyond just simple greed, to become a pilot.

Now, that’s not to say that the desire for PROFIT is bad, or can’t be a good motivator. The desire for profit isn’t necessarily greed. It can be and often is linked, but there doesn’t have to be. One could desire profit because that just shows how he’s winning in The Game (Which I just lost right now. Fudge.)

Basically, I’d like to get other Solrain views on this subject. Certainly, you can be mentally lazy like a lot of Octs and Quants are and with a wide brush, paint say that all Sollies are greedy capitalistic pigs, but they have to admit that some Sollies are greedier and piggier than others.

Basically, I’m just trying to see what SOLRAIN thinks it means to be ‘True Blue’.

Johnathan Blake III
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Old 05-11-2008, 01:09 AM
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I see a Solrain as being someone who lives for themselves, a true individual. Greed, at least in my mind, isn’t really a bad thing, and neither is ego. Like any responsibility, one must know how to use one’s tools, including one’s aggression and ambition. Ego and Greed are just names given to said tools. To me, a true individual is someone who has the ambition and drive to be what they want to be in life, instead of following the crowd, letting the world decide their fate.

Despite the negative and barbaric connotation given to the faction, it appears to me at least to being something resembling Rand’s philosophy, with perhaps a less than morally perfect execution.
"The only thing that can remove Humanity from this reality, is the shear will of God! And who could hold such power, why…. Him, and his children."
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:48 AM
WhiteInferno WhiteInferno is offline
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I see Solrain as someone who does a job for money, rather than loyalty to the faction or religious fanaticism. That does not mean that he will not stand up for the faction, nor help others for free.

It just means he’s more likely to set an asking price first.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:59 AM
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I do say as a Sol i never found it as greedy to accept any buisness transaction offered to me that was fair and equitable for the two parties to further their enterprises and covering any forseen cost to me the provider of a service. As for Graft, being it benifiecial to the Sol Nation and making it benifiecial to me also that is just the way business is ran in a nation of corps and companies and <clear throat> the black market type.
And as for Glory doesnt it go hand in hand with what we all strive for.
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Old Yesterday, 05:48 PM
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I do believe that Greed is just what detractors label it to defame Solrain as less than they are because of the differences between them. Being from a nation where the corporate spirit is the prevailing ethos it is perfectly natural for Solrains to be of the corporate spirit, some going so far as being greedy, but others merely being practical to their way of life.
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