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This is a quote from the Serenity recap at Television Without Pity. It's a great recap in general, but this side-trip made me think.


It's talking about the Alliance trying to change human nature with the Pax, causing most people to die and the others to go barbarically mad, and about the Operative asking Mal "Do you know what your sin is?" and Mal saying "I'm a fan of all seven."

"Without pride and the choices it presents, there can be no faith: no assertion that one's relationship with God, against all reason, is imperative and real. Without envy, there is no hope, no comparison, no competition, no dissatisfaction, no reason to try, to succeed. Without gluttony, in a world where greed is eliminated, there is no way to choose charity. Without lust, we all die, and without acknowledgement of lust's universality, there is no fortitude. Without anger, without the holy anger of the proletariat, of the people against the unlawful, there can be no justice. Without greed or sloth, there is no moderation, no temperance or prudence -- we are unable to look at ourselves critically and see long-term v. short-term effects. We stop growing them when the state mandates these lacks, takes away these choices: we all go to sleep. And we don't wake up. And Oceania keeps fighting, and the signal is silenced."

In other words (I think) if the rulers take away our choice of whether to sin or not, they take away our choice of whether to act morally, too, and that takes away our humanity.

(Also, I need some decent Firefly/ Serenity icons, especially a Can't Stop The Signal one. Anyone know where I can get any?)

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caitirin
Mar. 1st, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm in a few communities that have linked some nice sets of icons

ff_icons
firefly_graphix
and I THINK there were some icons here serenitysummer
anonymous_greg
Mar. 1st, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
I knew you would come to the rescue! :-D
caitirin
Mar. 1st, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I do try.

After all...

You can't stop the signal!
pickwick
Mar. 1st, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha :D

(I'm now stuck on the communities looking at the shinies - thank you!)
caitirin
Mar. 1st, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
(much welcome!)
anonymous_greg
Mar. 1st, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
~giggling~

(your delivery is so good!)
caitirin
Mar. 1st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I try :)
anonymous_greg
Mar. 1st, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
One of the things I like about the fact that so many of my LJ friends are firefly/Serenity fans is that periodically someone will post a wonderful quote from the series/movie.
xgirl76
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
I liked that bit a lot, too :)
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