Friday, October 06, 2006

Sweet, Sweet Battlestar Galactica

The best stories, particularly ones told on far distant planets, are topical. And thought-provoking.

It's always beneficial to do thought exercises, to practice one's empathy. Imagine yourself in someone else's shoes. What would you do?

Of course, Cylons aren't humans. But collaborators are.

If America were invaded by a foreign force and occupied, what would we do? Wouldn't we throw our lot in with the White Supremacists, the militants with guns and bombs and the will to use them ruthlessly? At least keep quiet about their identities, maybe toss a little aid their way once in a while? And then deal with them when the foreign occupier is repelled.

Why is it so hard to understand asymmetrical warfare? I suggest it isn't, it's just the asymmetry has favored the U.S. so long, we've forgotten what it means to be truly oppressed and fighting for our lives, the way we want to live them.

Or do we really think the humans must be made to realize the Cylons just want to "free" them? If the Cylons want to lead, particularly to a new spiritual awakening, they need to lead by example, not collective punishment and oppressive terror, not by force.

I'm Julie O., and I approve this message.

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