HOW IMO MADE THE WORLD. IN THE TIME WHEN THINGS WERE OTHERWISE AND THE MOON WAS DIFFERENT
Imo set out one day to catch some fish, but there was no sea. There was nothing but Imo. So he spat in his hands and rubbed them together and made a ball of sea. After that he made some fish, but they were stupid and lazy. So he took the souls of some dolphins, who at least had learned to speak, and he mixed them with the clay and rubbed them in his hands and changed their shape and they became people. They were clever but they could not swim all day, so Imo dug some more clay and rubbed it in his hands and baked it in the fire of his fishing camp, and that was how land was made.
Soon the people filled all the lands and were hungry, so Imo took some of the night and rubbed it in his hands and made Locaha, the god of death.
Still Imo was not satisfied, and he said: I have been like a child playing in the sand. This is a flawed world. I had no plan. Things are wrong. I will rub it in my hands and make a better one.
But Locaha said: The mud is set. People will die.
Imo was angry and said: Who are you to question me?
And Locaha said: I am part of you, as are all things.
So I say to you, Give me the mortal world, and go and make your better one. I will rule here fairly. When a human dies, I will send them to be a dolphin until it is time for them to be born again. But when I find a creature who has striven, who has become more than the mud from which they were made, who has glorified this mean world by being a part of it, then I will open a door for them into your perfect world and they will no longer be creatures of time for they will wear stars.
Imo thought this was a good idea, because it was his own creation, and went off to make his new world in the sky. But before he did this, and so that Locaha would not have things all his own way, he breathed into his hands and made the other gods so that while the people should die, it would be in their right time.
And this is why we are born in water, and do not kill dolphins, and look towards the stars.
Terry Pratchett - “Nation”
She took a deep breath. ‘It’s all the people who never get to know what it is they can really be. It’s all the wasted chances.’
Trying to kick some bad art block with Tiffany Aching doodles.
Cheery is really so important though, because she literally grew up in a society where there was literally only one gender, and she knew that she was definitely not that gender, she was a woman, and in part because of her friendship with Angua, she asserted herself as a woman.
She threw out their single-gender system and asserted a gender that didn’t even exist in their culture, a gender which matched how she felt and who she was.
She literally said to all of Dwarfdom “no, I am not a man, I will not hide who I am, I am a woman. Not any woman, though, but a dwarf woman” and kicked that cissexist garbage to The King’s dump where it belonged. And even after pissing off almost all of Dwarfdom, she continued to kick it into shape with her spike-toed high-heeled boots and looked rocking while doing it.
Cheery is so, so, so important, and I thank Terry Pratchett every day for giving her to all of us.