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Old 09-14-2016, 05:27 PM
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Ohmigod the Trimps. They've got me too! And I have to say I think they ARE worse than the cookies. There are just so many little ways it can draw you back in when you are honestly trying to go do your work, or switch over the laundry, or get to the bathroom in time . . .

But, wait! only 37 seconds until I can buy this aggerdagger upgrade and then I'll be able to - well, just thirty seconds more and then I can get buy my Trimps a Super-agger-dagger before I go so they don't all die while I'm . . . DARN! this is taking way too long, I've got to build a house and put more Trimps on mining detail . . . and it looks like the loggers need help too but . . .

These idle games remind me of a quote from C.S. Lewis, in "The Screwtape Letters." He's teaching his young apprentice how to slowly draw a human "patient" off his course and down to Hell. This is how he knows when it's working:
_____________________________________________________________________ will find that anything or nothing is sufficient to attract his wandering attention. You no longer need a good book, which he really likes, to keep him from his prayers or his work or his sleep; a column of advertisements in yesterday's paper will do. You can make him waste his time not only in conversation he enjoys with people whom he likes, but also in conversations with those he cares nothing about, on subjects that bore him. You can make him do nothing at all for long periods. You can keep him up late at night, not roistering, but staring at a dead fire in a cold room. All the healthy and outgoing activities which we want him to avoid can be inhibited and nothing given in return, so that at last he may say...'I now see that I spent most my life doing in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Yep, Wormwood's got me all right . . .

Last edited by TruCelt; 09-14-2016 at 05:28 PM.