} Like everything in existence, dear Supplicant, threats also come in
} a variety of qualities. Considering the fullness of a thread, we get
} a scale like this:
} empty full
} We can judge the emptiness of a threat by how much its promise can
} be fulfilled. Examples:
} 1. a rodent threatening to tear down your concrete
} garage: empty
} 2. a mining truck threatening death to you, while you're
} expertly tied in front of one of its tires: full
} 3. your clone threatening an abysmal reputation to you
} by intrigue and cunning ("she will never think of that, hee-hee!"):
} 50% full (50% empty, if you're an optimist)
} 4. a heavyweight boxer threatening unconsciousness to you:
} probably full, unless you're the next Thai kickboxing champion.
} Now these are rather simple examples. We must also consider that
} different individuals have different views of the world.
} One example: you laugh at the mouse threatening to tear down your
} sturdy house, thinking its threat is empty as can be. However, what
} you don't know is that right now it is gnawing through a cable of the
} circuit board that is controlling your basement nuclear reactor --
} a rather full threat.
} And yet we haven't even talked about threats that seem threatening,
} but in reality would be a boon to the threatened. Oh wow!
} So, there you have it, dear Supplicant! Even if there were only full
} threats objectively, nevertheless there were also threats that you
} would think empty but in fact are not.
} If your question has any basis in your personal reality, then I
} hope you'll have a good night's sleep tonight, without much tossing
} and turning.
} That notwithstanding, you owe the Oracle a couple of expensive
} diamonds. Why so much? Read again.