>So. Do you want to learn gem magic at all or is it pointless? I can abandon the thought of magic and just focus on more practical things such as games, exercises, customs, and of course spiritual ways.
It really seems the best route for you, the best option isn't the sexiest.
>My last question, since we are going the no magic route. How exactly would you teach herself harmony? She of course would explain that unlike you guys who have this crazy magical aura, risuners have to rely on guns and foreigners to protect themselves as without them they used to be targets for slavers. My assumption would be something like understanding what must be done to survive and live in peace. As I said, you have your magical aura while risuners have their weapons and allies.
It actually is painful to see that you need to rely on foreigners to protect yourself, considering foreigners aren't acting in your own self-interest. But it is philosophical but also self-discovery. She can never be like a Sapling in that we can never be Risuners. Part of the problem for Risuners as a whole is the lack of patience, lack of forethought and lack of self-restraint.
Your people aren't dumb, they just have no discipline and I believe are encouraged to be like that, whether it be by themselves or outsiders. You want to prevent slavers from causing you issues? Start from within, the answer lies there. The answer is that in our eyes, Risuners are slaves to their impulses. You come across the ocean to visit us, hoping that we are your savior. Not one group that believes it acts in your own self-interest thought to question this, either because your people were too stubborn or that they personally got something out of it.
To stop being philosophical, the lesson is threefold:
>1. Your leaders, not outsiders need to be wise, forethinking and explore all options. They need to avoid the impulsiveness that commoners may have.
>2. Your people need to find the balance between the impulse and the caution. That is the harmony that Risuners will find.
>3. The true magic that you will find comes from these two things
Sherah must find her own path in this, but we will guide her and offer her advice. She needs time alone to think about it while living off the land with nothing given to her unless she herself needs it (like if she needs help with food desperately, we will give her it.) Time alone, to think and come to these conclusions. The other Risuners cannot help her, only she can.
Does this make sense. It's not the popular answer that everyone wants such as just giving free things to each other. But I thought of this in context to your stuff back home and our own nation.