I've been working on this dialog for a day now. Almost the entire first half of the book is going to be memory recall or retelling of events by a reliable narrator, so this can be taken at face value. It's 10 Dec 2093. The two actors are part of a crew heading to Callisto. Their mission is to drop building supplies on the moon. They were told that the US and an ME nation have fired shots at each other, but war hasn't broken out yet. I'm trying to setup the story world and the current events for the main character to eventually take over (not the world, but the story and situation). This is all dialog, so there is character cues. ----------------------- SUAREZ: I read an article by a social psychologist before we left Earth. He proposed the human race is destined to kill itself and render the Earth lifeless because we're incapable of moderating our ourselves. SUAREZ: Ever see a rhino or a tiger? WILEY: Only pictures. SUAREZ: We killed them off. We’re consuming our world and leaving nothing. We don’t have anything to keep us in check. When we find an obstacle, we overcome it, but we don’t balance it with the reason it was an obstacle. The oxygen content is one percent less than one hundred years ago, the temperature is one and a half degrees hotter from pollution, deforestation and overpopulation. SUAREZ: We can't even regulate our population. All other critters on the planet have natural predators that keep them in check, keep everything balanced so no one of them can overwhelm the environment, but we have none. WILEY: We have each other. SUAREZ: That's the problem he cited. We use war to keep each other in check, but now our weapons do serious damage to the environment. The real threat is not killing each other with weapons, but destroying our living space. SUAREZ: we're supposed to use reason, intelligence and diplomacy, but we don't. We use threat, subversion and war. We're so accustomed to using violence, that we're sure to kill ourselves off to the last. SUAREZ: Look at what we’re doing here now. We’re going to drop building supplies on a moon so isolated, the logistics won’t support it. Why? WILEY: You and I both know why. It’s a show. SUAREZ: Exactly. It has no real value. We’re wasting resources for a show. SUAREZ: He describes the difference between leading and dominating and what we practice is domination. Subverting rising cultures to maintain a place on top, even though we call it leading. The situation back home is getting worst. Two nuclear nations are becoming more hostile and the world is polarizing. WILEY: Yeah? What else did he say? SUAREZ: The Earth has maybe ten years left. I’m beginning to believe him.