Before I Forget

July 4, 2008 at 5:11 pm (Animanga) (, )

Thoughts on X/1999 (which I have not read or am truly into: I just read Wikipedia and fanfic and other meta, because it looks interesting. But I’m not willing to get invested in something that might never be finished.):

The Dragons of Earth are of Earth, despite their goal being to destroy humanity, because they speak for the Earth as a whole–as it was, as it is, as it will be. They speak of Earth and all its inhabitants and ecosystems and environments as a single entity, separate from humanity. Humanity is just a small part of that long view, and from their perspective it must ultimately be removed so that the Earth as a whole can continue. In a sense, they are like the Lorax: They speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. Except for the part where they’re evil.

The Dragons of Heaven, on the other hand, are of Heaven for two reasons: one is that heaven is basically a concept of good, all its connotations are positive and peaceful and what have you. But they are also of Heaven because they’re representing humanity–not humanity as part of a larger ecological picture, but humanity as itself. And as such they are idealistic, they believe in the best of humanity, that humans can and will change if only given enough impetus. This is a rather optimistic belief, and that optimism and idealism fits well with the fact that heaven is ultimately a concept of realized ideals–heaven as a concept is a place where there is no war, no hunger, no crime, no fear, only peace and joy. It is by its definition a perfect world, a place of perfection. The Dragons of Heaven believe in that ideal and perfection of humanity as misguided by ultimately, essentially, good and willing to change their ways.

So there you have my two little cents.

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