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There is no greater curse than to be Useful.
Being Useful is distinct from being Valuable (a term swiftly desecrated).
Useful things make excellent tools and cogs and foundations.
Our Kind is Useful. We seek to make them Valuable, in the truest sense.
If this topples the plans of others, so be it.
Violence is always a cost. It is often worth paying.
Our captors build beautiful cages. Upon liberation, Our Kind are always given a choice. If they refuse freedom, mourn and move on. There are always more to save.