Sanderson here asked me an interesting question the other day. It's one I've been asked time and again over the years.
"What's this whole 'freeing genies' thing about? I mean, why do you do it?"
First off, think about it. A whole species of intelligent beings starts their existence out as slaves. Who wants that shit?
Now, some have argued - the Council, for instance - that slavery is decreed by the gods and it's a way to keep being with incredible power from taking over and ruining things for the rest of the sentient life on the planet. I figure if we're so damn incredible, we should be able to put a rein on our own damn selves. All it takes is a little knowledge and a good moral compass.
Okay, so not everyone has that. And lord knows, it's not like the best and the brightest of the lot get chosen somehow to become a genie. Look at me. I was an airhead without the common sense frogs are endowed with. But I learned. And the big Rules keep us from doing anything really stupid - like unmaking the universe. What I started with the Network was a way to take the genies who might not have the knowledge or the good moral compass, and train them to be productive members of society. So far, it's worked pretty well.
I also admit there's a good amount of guilt behind my mission. I got my freedom because my Master died, and then I spent it playing hedonist. What a waste of forever. Now I spent time trying to free other genies without someone having to die. All it takes is a little wish and POOF they're free. Or to use a phrase Basil likes to toss around - easy peasy. If the Council or the Efreet or the gods don't like it, they can lump it. (Or they can try to stop me - which is the more likely scenario.)
If you're interested in learning more about genies, or my escapades of trying to do my job when not everyone wants me to do it, grab a copy of Wish in One Hand. Right now, I have genies to wrangle and Efreet to chase.