Thursday, January 14, 2010

Avatar: Biology still isn't magic

I wrote a comment to the Spearhead post on the movie, Avatar:
While Avatar is leftist propaganda for all the reasons described in this post, its worse than that. There is no way the Navi could have naturally evolved on Pandora and not be in the worst kind of poverty that we have ever seen. Their lives would be nasty, brutish, and short. Imagine the real life of a cave man or observe the poorest places in the world to get an idea of what their lives would be really like.
At one point the main character says that humans have nothing to offer the Navi. That's right because the Navi are luddites who would rather remain completely ignorant of everything around them pretending its one step above pure magic. The Navi have no interest in not just technology, but knowledge and civilization. Of course, given how primitive the Navi are, all the humans on Pandora would have to do is wait until a famine or a plague and then they would have things the Navi want.
Or imagine if something worse happens like an asteroid falling on Pandora taking out enough of Ewa to shut it down. Then what will the Navi do? It's not like they could fix anything because they treat it as one step above magic. The Navi are completely dependent on Ewa for everything. This will get them sooner or later. One disaster is all it will take.
We hear this all the time that the poorest people in the world (or the Navi) are better off because they live a "simpler life" and "closer to nature". It's all bunk whether its in a technologically advanced movie or not. Really, Avatar is slap in the face of anyone who has ever worked to make their lives and the lives of other people better.
I was thinking about this, and Avatar hits on something that I have said before.  Biology is not magic.  The Navi treat their ability to link to animals and trees on Pandora as being "connected" to Ewa.  Such a thing would be all but impossible evolve naturally which means someone designed it.  The Navi are afraid of understanding how anything on Pandora actually works.  In other words they think biology is magic.  In reality Ewa is probably just a computer system for regulating Pandora.  It's a BioGeoComputer, a computer that spans a planet (or a moon in this case) using biotech, but it's a computer none the less.

Treating biology as magic is fundamentally female supremacist.  To believe that idea is to believe that women and women alone have some sort of mystical power of life (because women give birth to babies).  Thus the person that believes biology is magic believes that women are fertility goddesses.  Biology can be observed, experimented on, and replicated like everything else in the universe.  There is nothing special about biology.  When you understand how biology works, you understand that women aren't doing anything special in creating life.  It may not be obvious, but knowing such things helps to depedestalize women.

Going back to the movie Avatar, the Navi fundamentally have female ideals because they don't want knowledge.  Feminists and other female supremacists don't want men to have knowledge for similar reasons.  Whether its game or just being able to compare notes on how women are acting, knowledge is power.  This is the reality that stands in stark contrast to all of the ideas that the Avatar movie promotes.

1 comments:

theblanque said...

Going back to the movie Avatar, the Navi fundamentally have female ideals because they don't want knowledge. Feminists and other female supremacists don't want men to have knowledge for similar reasons. Whether its game or just being able to compare notes on how women are acting, knowledge is power. This is the reality that stands in stark contrast to all of the ideas that the Avatar movie promotes.

Given the extent to which women now dominate the University (at least in the States), it does explain a lot.

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