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Old 04-19-2012, 05:25 AM
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After hundreds of years of trying to find a way to remove the Taint, the AS finally gave up on it. Sort of like how serious scientists in our world have given up on making a perpetuum mobile: they know that the laws of nature do not allow that.
The AS may very well have been reasoning that since the DO is comparable to the Creator, he too could write laws of nature, and the Taint might be an example of that.
Rand, of course, had a bit more of an incentive to find a cure.

Some AS thought of the risk of gentling the DR. That's one of the reasons why Moiraine and Siuan were trying to find him; to prevent that from happening.
Others may have reasoned that the Pattern wouldn't let that happen, so they need not worry about the possibility.

You are right in thinking that they are selfish and stupid.
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