Professor Falken from the movie WarGames 1983


Children, come over here. I’m gonna tell you a bedtime story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Once upon a time… …there lived
a magnificent race of animals… …who dominated the world
through age after age. They ran and they swam
and they fought and they flew, until suddenly… …quite recently… …they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren’t even apes then. We were just these smart
little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when we go… …nature will start again… …with the bees probably. Nature knows when to give up. I’m not giving up. If Joshua tricks them into launching
an attack, it’ll be your fault. My fault? The whole point was
to practice nuclear war without destroying ourselves. To get the computers to learn
from mistakes we couldn’t make. Except that I never could get Joshua
to learn the most important lesson. What’s that? Futility. That there’s a time
when you should just give up. What kind of lesson is that? Did you ever play tic-tac-toe? Yeah. Of course. – But you don’t anymore.
– No. Why? Because it’s a boring game.
It’s always a tie. Exactly. There’s no way to win.
The game itself is pointless. But back at the war room, they believe
you can win a nuclear war… …that there can be
acceptable losses. So you gave up? Decided to play dead? For security reasons,
they graciously arranged my death. Did you know that no land animal with a body weight of
over 50 pounds survived that age? Extinction is part
of the natural order.

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