Moral Choice Time

by Mary Lou Dewar, David Dewar, Alan Dewar, Jeff Dewar and Bob Dewar

"This morning I intend to change the world." With these words, Ellamay Murphy got out of bed. She dressed quickly, ate a nourishing breakfast and rang for her chauffeur.
"Where to, ma'am?" he asked.
"Take me to...

the U.N. building," she instructed. She hadn't yet decided whether she planned to change things for the better, or sow chaos, but if moral choice systems in games had taught her anything, it was that there was no middle ground. For instance, Moral Choice Time: help the Secretary General overthrow that obstructive council, or throw the various countries represented here into anarchy by burning all the flags out front?

Ellamay opted for the latter and instructed her chauffeur to drive past the nearest 7-11 on the way to the U.N., so that she could pick up some matches. Unfortunately for her plan (but, as it turned out, fortunately for humanity), the local 7-11 had recently stopped selling smoking materials, and hence no longer carried matches. Ellamay was thus compelled to visit the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco, in the hope that they could assist in her incendiary initiative.

"Matches? What are you talking about? Now that lighters have been invented, matches are obsolete."
Ms. Murphy, having studied a number of books of trivia, knew better. "Actually, good sir, the lighter was invented before the matchstick." When the storekeeper didn't respond, even with a blank stare, she began to wonder what exactly was in that white stick he was smoking. This led to another Moral Choice Time: get the storekeeper to quit smoking his probably illegal substance, or join in?

So she opted to join in and had a joint with him. "This is sickening," she said after her third puff of whatever it was. It was indeed sickening, as she proceeded to vomit right there. "Well, maybe I'll press on to the U.N. now," she declared. At that point the U.N. security folks arrived and put her in leg irons.
"How cruel," shouted the onlookers. So the security group let her go and she gave up her evil plan -- and lived happily after -- or until she died of lung cancer.

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