Tag Archives: unity

Yet Another Reason to be Optimistic for Peace in Pegasus: Not Much Religion

I’ve blogged before about the overall creativity and optimism of most Wraith fans.

Some pessimists, mostly bigots, brought up human experiences of wars and why peace in Pegasus would never be possible, citing the Punic Wars and conflict in the Middle East. Time to analyze these situations.

*Citing the Punic Wars actually outright favors the optimists: the wars are long over. As in BC era over. One does not hear of anyone bitter about the Punic Wars looking for vengeance from all those generations ago.

*Citing the Middle East conflict at first seems to favor the pessimists, but 1) it is an anomaly as most wars are like the Punic Wars, being long-gone and forgotten about as nations go about trading goods and forming and reforming new alliances and 2) it is unique because religion is the problem, of two groups claiming the same site for their invisible bearded boogeymen in the sky.

The Pegasus Galaxy doesn’t seem to have much religion which would prevent Wraith and humans from living in peace after the Wraith could find a better way to meet their energy needs and memories of wars fade with each passing human generation.

Some Wraith worshippers such as Neera spoke of a culling prophecy, but they are already on the side of the Wraith. The Brotherhood protecting the ZPM seemed almost religious, but their concern was only protecting the ZPM. Chaya Sar’s Athar persona was limited to one planet only and if the Wraith no longer had to cull she might not stick around if the Others allow her to go free. The Athosians had rituals and ceremonies, but seemed more spiritual than religious.

I can’t think of any religious beliefs in Pegasus which would brainwash humans into continuing war with the Wraith. Good for them. πŸ™‚

Advertisements

Non-Minority Solicitation About Minorities: Just No.

Publicly creating posts asking non-minorities if there exists discrimination against certain minorities is a useless endeavor: the majority does not experience that discrimination, so the majority will say no such discrimination exists and high-five one another, always outnumbering the minorities (if the minorities dare to even say something to the contrary and subject themselves to trolling by the majority).

Double this when said minorities are bullied off of the site, get tired of it and leave, and/or banned one-by-one, resulting in even lower representation.

Soliciting non-minority input about the experiences of minorities denies the experiences of demographic minorities and enforces that only the demographic majority matters.

Trying to pass off such a set of responses as truth is a statistical error and also an example of the Appeal to Popularity fallacy, in which the popularity of something is substituted for truth or morality about something. Just because something is oft-repeated and widespread doesn’t mean it is the truth or is ethical. If a slur is posted and a handful of people deny it exists, it still exists.

If one wants honest answers and cares about the experiences of minorities, look up or ask for private responses from minorities… and also ask how one can best be of support.

Recognition of Fictional Ship Sentience While Denying Fellow Animal Sentience

In certain science fiction transcript sites, one sees the spectacle of inorganic or semi-organic space ships being referred to with she/her pronouns while human hybrids, fellow animals, and bipedal machine-based races are objectified, even non-canonically and colonialistically, and misgendered with it/its.

Similarly, a summary for a scifi novel tells of an inorganic ship that is given the same exceptional treatment, even going as far as giving the ship memories of pain and trauma, both physical and emotional. Yet, the same author also objectifies sentient fellow animals who most certainly feel fear, pain, happiness, and joy, and who want very much to live freely and free from harm. Even more puzzling is when the author is a LGBTQ+ advocate, yet props up the prejudiced and outdated use of objectifying pronouns for living beings, rather than normalizing the singular they/their for gender neutrality. All oppressions are interrelated.

This phenomenon is seen in scifi franchises such as Stargate, Lexx, and Farscape.

Why so much sympathy for a ship which doesn’t even exist and no sympathy for real-life, flesh and blood beings with whom we share life? Probable answer: There is not an agribusiness breeding bio space ships for human exploitation to brainwash people into objectifying the bio space ships, nor billions of dollars for advertising and government lobbyists to do it. Sympathy and nonviolence are the natural state of most humans. Only a small percent of the population are psychopaths.

The natural spark of sympathy for bio ships is what is the best within us. Extending sympathy to all living beings is a matter of expanding our circles of compassion, thereby promoting justice for all and reclaiming who we truly are inside.

Could the Nox help the Wraith?

Along with thinking about how near-ascended Ancients could help Wraith with their healing powers and Goa’uld sarcophagi could be used to heal them from starvation, each rejuvenating and nourishing Wraith cells, could the Nox also help?

The Nox are capable of giving the Gift of Life, in their own way, with the Ritual of Life, healing and even reversing death. The Nox help all races, so they are not bigoted. They seem to be vegan*/non-speciesist, which makes sense if one is supposed to be not bigoted and non-violent. πŸ™‚

Because the Ritual of Life takes at least three, there would have to be enough Nox to be able to perform this ritual every 3-4 months, for each Wraith, the time it takes for each Wraith to run out of lifeforce energy, barring no injuries.

(*Stereotype caveat here: While the Nox are awesome, caution is needed that vegan characters are not portrayed as to promote myths of “purity” or ethereal qualities that make them seem like some kind of saints who don’t belong of this universe, who have magical wills, and/or who were born that way.Β This is an older trope, but exists elsewhere in Stargate, too, such as the food the people near ascension were eating in Stargate Atlantis “Epiphany” seemed vegan/plant-based. That makes nonviolence appear unattainable for mere mortals. Vegans are just ordinary people who don’t want to harm, or pay others to harm, fellow animals and our numbers are growing, so we were not all born that way. That’s it!)

Erasure of Conscientious Objectors in Entertainment

As a vegan viewer, the trope of seeing characters who don’t eat fellow animals being erased gets really old, really fast. Even shows aimed at children and teens are not exempt. The characters are usually given minor roles and usually vanish within an episode or two (Pria, Orville). Or, they were never really committed to begin with (Lisa, SGU), have bits of animal bodies snuck fed to them or they are forced to eat them (Rachel, Drew Carey; The Vegans; The Race) as jokes for speciesists in the audience, dress in false stereotypical clothing (The Vegans; The Race), and/or abandon their ethical commitments without preamble (Topanga, Boy Meets World).

But, watching Voltron Legendary Defender, and seeing so many of the Blade of Marmora being killed off made me realize progressives and conscientious objectors of all kinds are treated this way.

Stargate is no exception to this trope. Besides the Stargate Universe example above, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Origins have it worse:

*Todd’s crew in “Infection”

*Zaddik and Ellia

*Queen Egeria and the Tok’ra

*Niam and the other Asurans who want to ascend

*Queen Betty and her well cared-for worshippers

*Aset with her Harcesis child and kind ways of ruling

*Just about all the humans in Origins (who were diverse and tolerant of race, religion, and sexuality and truly exemplary and exceptional for that time period)

Stargate Infinity comes out relatively unscathed, as an exception, with a colony of Tlak’kahn conscientious objectors who peacefully share a planet with another race.

So, why does this keep happening in so many shows, even when humans stand to benefit?Β  Why are so many progressives and conscientious objectors erased or nearly erased to the point of being too small of minorities to tip a balance? These characters are true heroes!

Is it to enforce anthropocentric hierarchies that humans are separate, that peace can’t be had, that nothing can change for the good? What does that say about the state of humanity?

Why can’t humans, including writers of fictional characters, let nonviolent progressives and conscientious objectors live and show them the respect they deserve?

Maybe when human kind stops killing off other kinds, conscientious objectors will be allowed to exist more prominently in fiction.

Until then, I won’t let myself and my values be erased and I won’t let my favorite Wraith character of Todd’s crew be erased. I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. I’m putting up inclusive Wraith fanworks modeling nonviolence.

Enter: Human-Made, Cruelty-Free Silk

Bolt Threads has created a Microsilk fabric that is soft, yet durable. It is based on spider’s web silk properties and is made without exploiting/harming any fellow animals.

Wraith fans have their theories about the silky threads on larger spaceships. One is that it is a byproduct of the ships; another is that Wraith enzyme solidifies in contact with air and can be spun (talk about handmade clothing). All of which is cruelty-free. πŸ™‚

Along with growing leather out of mushrooms, pineapple, kombucha, and more, once again, vegans come through in making manufactured natural fabrics not just a scifi dream, but a reality. πŸ™‚ ❀

#proudwraithfan #proudvegan #ecofriendly #lifeoverdeath

UPDATE: Add to this another vegan innovation: silk made from oranges, by Orange Fiber. πŸ™‚

Stargate Infinity vs Stargate Atlantis DVD Commentaries

Along with many of the tie-in books, the SGA DVD commentaries need to be cleaned up, to be socially responsible and to keep up with other fandoms and Stargate Infinity. Yes, Stargate Infinity. The very Stargate Infinity that is supposed to be “just for kids,” but adults can’t seem to learn from.

Stargate Infinity taught against judging others by appearances in many episodes, especially “Phobia,” in which one team member shoots and almost kills someone. She has to stand trial for it and own up to her actions. By contrast, the Stargate Atlantis commentary on “First Contact” and “The Lost Tribe” has remarks about judging a character’s appearance. The commenters later laugh it up when said character, who is part of a peace-making mission, gets shot after a third party causes a disastrous misunderstanding. In Stargate Infinity, the spider-like being survives. In Stargate Atlantis, one can assume the human-hybrid Wraith survives because a different Wraith survived a similar wound in “Travellers” and/or that he was given the Gift of Life.

In real life, actions can’t be so easily undone. Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and the comments on camera feed of police interacting with unarmed citizens in increasingly-militarized places come to mind. The message needs to be a clear, consistent, and resounding one of not judging others by their appearances, which Stargate Infinity presents.

As with the books, I gave up on the commentaries. The only others I tried were for “Outsiders” and the comments focused on the Balarians with bad analogies and no accountability for how the Wraith were being genocided. My time is much better spent reading fanfics from people who want peace for everyone, of all races.

The lessons in Stargate Infinity are for everyone, of all ages, and it would do some adults a world of good to do a serious watch/rewatch and to align their actions with the knowledge they claim they already have.