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Hope and positive values in science fiction, then vs now

2022.01.22 17:30 DarthMeow504 Hope and positive values in science fiction, then vs now

In a discussion on the Orville subreddit, the following exchange took place which I think is worth reposting here:
OneTwoWee000 · 22 hr. ago · edited 21 hr. ago
Well said! I agree with everything you wrote.

Star Trek has, from the very beginning, been about optimism. It presents the best versions of ourselves as a species, on that has overcome our issues - racism, sexism, disease, poverty, and class are all things of the past - and learned to work together and seek diplomatic, fair, and reasonable solutions to any problems that may arise.
This is key!
To me, it is what differentiates Trek from other sci fi legends like Star Wars and Battlefield Galactica. I love those too, but in Trek Humanity has evolved past so much.
I recently have been rewatching Deep Space Nine which aired when I was in elementary school. Watching it as an adult I am struck by the richness in the characters in earlier Trek series as well as the respect these crews have for other sentient beings. The emphasis on coexisting, respecting and embracing our differences in culture/heritage, and the focus on understanding the worlds/life forms around them. There is still conflict in this future but the federation characters do not seek to harm/crush others or dominate.
I do feel like The Orville is much more of a spiritual successor to Trek then the modern series. After Star Trek Enterprise the entire franchise took a turn I don’t really enjoy. There seem to be a lot of writers who aren’t familiar with the Trek series or even writing science fiction. There were a lot of articles touting “firsts” but there have always been diverse crews and plenty of amazing female characters in Star Trek.
DarthMeow504 · just now
Battlefield Galactica
The reboot yes, gritty grimdark 9/11 allegory in space with Jack Bauer's 24 as the model for the so-called ethics of the series.
The original was different. Yes, it started with a tragedy and a near-genocide of the existing civilization, but the survivors never gave up their values or surrendered to despair. They had a goal, to find the lost 13th colony where they could live in peace and start again. They weren't even certain it was real, Adama had faith but also had doubts, and many of the others didn't believe it was anything but a myth, but they all agreed that something to move forwards towards was exactly what they needed. They understood that without some hope to cling to and a unifying mission to bind them together they'd collapse from within and destroy themselves with or without Cylon help. And even the most cynical among them felt that even if they didn't find anything out there, at least they would be away from the Cylon threat and could build something from scratch if they had to.
So if you think about it, the message was that even in the darkest times and most desperate of situations, hope can light your way and keep you going if you keep that flame alive in your heart.
There were of course hardcore hawks and idealistic doves among them, and you could argue that they didn't have the capability to wipe out the Cylons and that's why it wasn't their objective, but on the other hand they for the most part didn't really want to unless they had to. They'd prefer to just re-establish their civilization far away beyond the reach of the enemy and be left alone. This is most apparent in the episode where there was a proposed peace conference on that resort planet, which despite some protest they did attend in good faith.
It didn't work out because the Cylons had no intention of honoring any peace and in fact had set a trap, but the primary reason for resistance to the idea among the humans wasn't the rejection of peace but instead distrust of the Cylons. Some would have preferred to press a war of annihilation if it was possible, but cooler and wiser heads prevailed and advised that revenge, even if successful, wouldn't gain them anything but instead only bring more death and destruction when they'd seen more than enough of that already.
Of course that distrust proved to be justified, but the dissenters like Apollo and Starbuck who were the audience viewpoint characters didn't object to the idea of peace, they just didn't believe the Cylons wanted peace. In fact the words "it's too good to be true" were spoken more than once, indicating clearly that even these frontline soldiers who fought the Cylons as their primary duty would not merely accept but in fact welcome a peaceful resolution.
The enemy was the aggressor bent on genocide, which was the primary attribute which marked them as evil, whereas the humans who were coded as heroic were defenders who would fight to save the lives under their protection but had no real desire to destroy an enemy that wasn't posing a direct threat. Any offensive strategy was taken out of necessity for the goal of depriving the enemy of destructive capability, with the understanding that their foes wouldn't stop attacking until and unless they were forced to stop.
My point is that the original BSG hailed from a better era when we expected our protagonists to be actually heroic with the moral and ethical standards to earn the title. A time where you might hear the line "that would make us no better than them" as a reason not to cross an ethical line, because it was important to be good people even if that meant taking risks or facing a more difficult struggle. Because those values they held meant something, they were worth the effort of living by and worth the sacrifice of dying for if necessary. Those values defined who they were, and they wouldn't sell them out at any price.
Ultimately, they were unwilling to become villains in order to achieve their goals because that would only mean that villainy won no matter which side dominated the other. Nowadays, far too often the protagonists are villains in the first place or descend into villainy quickly and the conflict becomes a muddled mire of dark vs dark with no light to be found. Those who find this "realistic" reveal their own cynicism and / or lack of redeeming qualities and it's a depressing trend indeed for those of us who would still like to hold hope that humanity can be better than what we far too often are.
I'm thankful there are still stories like The Orville carrying that torch, may it never be extinguished.
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2022.01.22 17:30 Phrikshin [WTS] BNIB 19x stripped slide (NC)

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Have (new) parts available for a complete slide (+$150) if needed. Can post time stamped pics of those for buyer if they opt to go complete.
Buyer covers G+S, I cover Priority shipping.
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2022.01.22 17:30 Xelieu Do you deal with your SO professionally when it comes to availing whatever service they have? Or do you sail carefully as to not hurt your SO through criticism?

I'm not in relationship but idk where else to ask, happened before and now wondering what was supposed to be the right move for future reference.

Availing service as in, paying for them for what they do. When criticism happens, SO might be hurt, if you didn't criticize it may be below your standards.
It feels like someone loses here with either decision if the standards isn't met, or is the real answer here is just being matured enough(which is the problem before) to be able to accept criticism/not meeting your standards? But I feel like if standards isn't met, you could've just paid someone else to meet it, which will maybe affect SO too?
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2022.01.22 17:30 Mushroom-dude Any advice for using trans tape with sensitive skin?

Posting here because I think it’s used by trans fems as well.
I’m a trans guy and I would like to bind with trans tape but every time I have in the past I’ve had lots of itching and irritation because the skin on my chest is really sensitive. I’m wondering if anyone has any advice because I can barely keep it on for a few hours sometimes
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2022.01.22 17:30 ncl96 16/UK looking for Turkish, German, Romanian Penpals

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2022.01.22 17:29 KoboldCobalt I asked my mom to guess every MLB team by their logo. These were her responses

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The Atlanta Axemen
The Baltimore Orioles
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The Chicago Sox
The Chicago Cubs
The Cincinnati Zombie Baseballs
The Cleveland Gods
The Colorado Catscratch ?????
The Detroit Tigers
The Houston Astros
The Kansas City Royals
The Los Angeles A-Rings
The Los Angeles Dodgers
The Miami Swordfish
The Milwaukee Blue Gloves
The Minnesota Bridgebuilders
The New York Yankees
The New York Mets
The Oakland Green A's
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2022.01.22 17:29 Archangel-17 Suggestion: Nation vs Nation battle-mode

And for the love of insert deity here, please add menu ship selection screen r1/rt - l1/lt nation switch.
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2022.01.22 17:29 Mutated_seabass What are some motivations for quitting weed?

For me, after prolonged years of usage it is exasperating my anxiety and depression problems.
Motivation is very low too. I just don’t feel like the best version of myself…
Why are you guys quitting?
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2022.01.22 17:29 Alarmed-Shine273 How do you get it??? It says “Available in campaign” but I have literally 100% completely the game. Even on legendary Multiple times, I want this stance so bad ):

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2022.01.22 17:29 Consistent_Touch_266 Nothing really interesting here for a month and then today we see a rash of OPs telling us not to sell until it hits 3…..or 6. I love to see price anchoring. It’s confirmation bias like that lets me know we are getting closer.

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2022.01.22 17:29 atypicaltype I want to use this game as a VR flight simulator. Will it do the job?

I played a decent amount of star wars squadrons and absolutely loved it. I loved the controls of the ships, and it actually felt like managing every single aspect of it (engine, weapons, shield, power, etc.)
However that game is purely combat focused, and I'm looking for a chill flight simulator experience, potentially to be played with a throttle and stick. Something to be spending time with just roaming around, enjoying good spaceship travel.
Does this game have any decent spaceship controls? Or does it feel like moving the analog stick around and that's pretty much it? Hope my question is clear enough.
Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
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2022.01.22 17:29 SquidwardDancing [USA-MD] [H] Gaming PC w/ i5-4690K & GTX 970 [W] Local Cash / PayPal

Greetings friends. I'm selling a budget gaming PC build that belonged to a friend for a few years, and now me for a year or so. I just re-seated and repasted the CPU as well as re-seated the RAM. I also did some light dusting to clean it up a bit.
Tested out Valorant, Valheim, etc. and they all run as expected. I also ran some stress tests including Heaven and Cinebench with no issues. This is a solid build that can run most 1080p games at Medium to High graphics, maybe better for lighter loads. 16GB of RAM is a good perk. Storage is also a plus with this one, with 2.5 TB total to work with, including a 500GB SSD. It is also WiFi capable with a USB antenna that I can't find specs on sadly.
Apologies for the cable management... wasn't my build lol.
Here's everything you need. I am not looking to part out.
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CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1866 CL10 Memory
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage 2 Western Digital WD Green 2 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Power Supply Corsair CXM 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Case Cooler Master Silencio 652S ATX Mid Tower Case
TOTAL: $600 Local
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2022.01.22 17:29 davidbcooper Have no fears, we’ve got stories for years. [OC]

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2022.01.22 17:29 Please_send_help2772 What if the magic breaking was a test for Abuela?

Ok, so that might be obvious- but still. Imma talk about it anyway.
I think the magic sensed Abuela becoming too attached to perfection and the sense of being special, so it needed to have Mirabel’s gift not work in some ultimate scheme to test Abuela- if she didn’t still love Mirabel after her gift didn’t work, the magic would break. Almost like a sign. I think if Abuela had loved Mirabel just as much after her gift didn’t work, the magic never would’ve broken and Casita wouldn’t have crumbled.
So, Mirabel just might be used as an experiment to prove something to Abuela.
Again, that might be obvious, but that just clicked. So yeah! Hope you enjoyed.
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2022.01.22 17:29 idontrespectyou345 How many generations of stars has there been?

Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old and expected to go on for another 5. So the lifespan of a star is about 9-10 billion years. The universe being only about 14.5bn, that means sol was formed at about the 10bn mark... Are we really only on the second generation of stars? Is one round of stars/novae really enough for all the heavy elements we see? Or was there a type of star that forms and goes nova in like 1bn years?
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