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Beyond War: Moral Questions About Spoons
A lot of us at the office questioned "The Incident". It seems fairly vulgar
compared to the rest of Beyond War. Then the real issue hit - is it moral
to kill a planet or destroy all life in a solar system. But to use a spoon
to do (or suggest) the same thing - is violence that is no more horrible
than other means of war.
There are - clarly - questions of sexual context about the spoon also.
But then the issue about pin point device and duplicate memory arises to
complicate the matter. The entire scope of injury suggests that some form
of memory or collission similar to quantum shielding was used, with much
more destructive and far reaching scope.
The spoon might not actually even be where it seems.
It could be a species-wide hysteria imparted by pin point technology weaponized
to alter the perception of an entire species.
That this seems less terrifying that placing a spoon in
billions of sentient life forms instantly with a single motion and a flick of
the wrist, is still less threatening than the alternative.
Perhaps, in hind sight, if a simple everyday utensil found on the table of every
sentient species can be turned into a weapon that destroys the most advanced
species in the Universe - or simply "inconveniences them beyond their ability
to remove it" - then the gist of the song seems evident.
Whatever the case, whatever that Kai'Gi did to offend this alien - they should
not do it again until they know how to stop the alien from reaching for a fork
or more uncomfortable utensil.
This - seems universally evident.