(joint post again)
Derwent considers this, "Magic is all to often the easy way out, and hardly ever the best, but sometimes it is the only action available and used it is a powerful method of healing - like any healing or other tool, it can be indiscriminate depending on the user."
The Philosopher looks thoughtful for a long while, apparently weighing her words before speaking. "The danger from magic comes not so much from its use, its versatility or its power, but its swiftness and ease of use. Any tool can be used for great destructive force, but magic is so powerful and so swift in its use that a moment's lapse on the part of its wielder can cause tremendous damage before they have chance to realise their actions are unwise. And in the case of one such as the Haran... well, power will always change the way anyone thinks."
"I can agree on the dangers of too much power in one person, magic or otherwise. I have seen this both with the Haran, but also amongst those who oppose him at Pathway. However with the foundation of the council there, the power is shared and hopefully the potential for disaster is lessened."
"Simply nodding a head to other people does not spread the power. Does not reduce the risk of rash action by someone who believes they somehow have the right or wisdom to make rash decisions. And with the prevalence of magical healing and the like, lessons are too rarely learned until someone is beyond the reach of any healer."
"But the healer should not have the power to decide who lives and who dies. That is my main objection to the Haran's rule, that he decides weighty matters on a whim and has the ability to enforce his decision immediately. How does refusing to heal if the ability is there help the dying person in front of you, and what if you know nothing of their past decisions?"
Though she projects and intensity that tells of the importance the subject has to her, the Philosopher's words tone remains calm and her words measured. "The point is that if there is not an expectation of swift and unquestioning healing, if there is the expectation of consequences matching the actions, the actions will be slower in coming. If one knows that getting hit with an axe will at best leave you recovering for days if not months, one is much less likely to pick a fight with the person wielding it."
"You have given me much to think about Philosopher. I am tired from my journey and would like to retire early. I look forward to discussing this with you further."
Circusite, Ref(!?) and general lunatic.