Pleasant Pines Women's Rehabilitation Center
Sadie Williams has given up on humanity. She's unhappy about being forced to check into Pleasant Pines. It's there where she meets Dr. Madison, an intelligent and intense woman who begins to educate Sadie about who she really is, what she really wants, and what happens when she breaks the rules. More
Excerpt from Chapter 1:
“That would be nice, but there isn't really anything you can do for me. I gave up on humanity a long time ago. We're nothing but stupid apes, stranded on a planet that we're ruining. We have no future as a species. Hell we'll probably be nuked in the next 100 years or so.”
“So, you think your existence is pointless since humanity is doomed anyway.”
“Yeah, pretty much.” Sadie replied.
Dr. Madison leaned forward and locked her eyes on Sadie's. Sadie felt her heart rate climb, and an indescribable feeling that she couldn't understand. There was something about Dr. Madison's eyes, the seriousness, the intensity, that made what she said next really sink in:
“That's the mentality of someone right before they go and shoot up a school.”
“W-what?! I'm not going to go and shoot up a school!”
“I didn't say that you were. I said you have the mentality, not the intent.”
“What do you mean by that?”
Dr. Madison's gaze relaxed a bit.
“A lot of people have fallen into the same line of thinking as you, or have identified how one can get into that line of thinking. Famous examples such as Tolstoy and Nietzsche come to mind. If you're of a religious mindset, the story of Cain and Abel might also come to mind.”
“I only went to Church once, and I threw such a fit as to ensure that my parents never took me there again. Now if you're about to start preaching to me, you can just--”
Dr. Madison held up a hand to silence her. That motion, and her intense gaze made Sadie go quiet. It started to sink in that Dr. Madison was not Sadie's mother, and that she wasn't going to play the game that Sadie was used to playing.
“You exist today thanks to an improbably lucky unbroken chain of successful reproduction, over millions of years, in a world where many things were trying to kill your ancestors. At some point humans got smart enough to start passing on wisdom. The Bible is one hell of a history book if you know how to read it, and those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.”
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