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On Unreliable Narrators

“A story should be written in the eyes of God.” That’s the narrator’s job: to tell the story in an unbiased, all-seeing point of view. But once a human starts narrating, many things are lost to opinion and bias — after all, they’re just human.

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What is an “ideal society”? In a world where crimes are punished through fitting “obligations” which must be followed, this is the question that everyone asks. If an obligation is broken, the criminal is sent to a concentration camp where they often die before even finishing their term. There is no capital punishment, only the Maximum Penalty, where the worst criminals are forced to live as if they have never even existed.

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