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EBBIRNOTH: You know what guard duty is good for?
REVEREND THEO: Being bored enough to start planning pranks that involve kiloton yields?
EBBIRNOTH: I... Um...
EBBIRNOTH: You know what else guard duty is good for?
REVEREND THEO: Reflection on the nature of sapience, and the ubiquity of violence among sophonts?
EBBIRNOTH: I was going to say "pondering the imponderables."
REVEREND THEO: The ubiquity of violence is one of those things.
EBBIRNOTH: Yeah? Well so is the design of this place. Imponderable. Nonsensical.
The more I look at it the more convinced I am that Credomar was not built to be anybody's home.
EBBIRNOTH: If we teraport all the people and all their stuff, the entire interior ecosystem, do you know what percentage of Credomar's mass will be left behind?
REVEREND THEO: A lot?
EBBIRNOTH: Ninety-nine percent!
EBBIRNOTH: I've been trying to think of a habitat design that is less efficient than Credomar, and I can't.
REVEREND THEO: Besides planets, you mean?
REVEREND THEO: Now you've got another imponderable to keep you company on your next shift.
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