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The morality of Thanos
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:07:19 PM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2018, 09:13:23 PM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.

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There’s a deep moral there. I’m just not sure what it is.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2018, 09:27:28 PM »
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2018, 01:30:26 AM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.

Thanos
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There’s a deep moral there. I’m just not sure what it is.
That one can obsess?
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2018, 11:39:00 AM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.

Thanos
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There’s a deep moral there. I’m just not sure what it is.
As with todays real life modern villains, I just assumed that Thanos was another person convinced of his own solution to perceived problems, but that he is just ultimately wrong and fucks up the universe for no good objective reason despite his intentions.
So the impetus for the heroes is not only because what the villain is doing is wrong, but that it wont even achieve its stated goal.

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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2018, 12:12:36 PM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 01:11:09 PM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.

No.  Thanks clearly does not understand exponential growth.  Therefore he did not think nearly big enough.

Couple that if you halve the population of a particular species, and thier food supply, and thier habatat, he -at the same time he did nothing to destructively dominant species - committed genocidenon the most vulnrable.  Thanos is an idiot.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 02:39:22 PM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.

So, you repeat once every 40 or 50 years.

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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 03:40:40 PM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.

So, you repeat once every 40 or 50 years.

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Are you actually arguing for this? There were many more sentient species other than "Human" destroyed by T. In fact Humans were a very small portion of those killed.

Thanos became all powerful and chose to destroy. He could have created more planets, more life, more food, more space.  I'm pretty sure he spared all of his own minions and himself to live in this new "paradise".

In the original story he did it to impress a girl.  >:D
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2018, 03:43:03 PM »
Just to add one more thing to the aims of villains: I've never understood why anyone would want to rule the whole bloody world. Really? Really? You want to try and manage all the planet's problems and squabbles? You want to try and run the Middle East?!?!?  Good luck with that, mate. I can't see the perks as being worth all the trouble, time, and effort.
They often think they can fix it.
It  makes for compelling villains imo. Very few want to destroy the world for no reason.
Thanos was thinking big.

No.  Thanks clearly does not understand exponential growth.  Therefore he did not think nearly big enough.

Couple that if you halve the population of a particular species, and thier food supply, and thier habatat, he -at the same time he did nothing to destructively dominant species - committed genocidenon the most vulnrable.  Thanos is an idiot.
You missed the post directly above your that I posted an hour earlier.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2018, 07:11:57 PM »
No, I saw it.  I just hate that Thanos doesn't have an inkling about probability, ecology, resource management, biology, etc.  Yet he felt OK with making that decision.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2018, 07:47:08 PM »
No, I saw it.  I just hate that Thanos doesn't have an inkling about probability, ecology, resource management, biology, etc.  Yet he felt OK with making that decision.
He's not exactly a secret Green.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2018, 11:13:04 PM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.

So, you repeat once every 40 or 50 years.

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I haven't watched it again, but I have a strong impression that Thanos intimated that he would teach life to live within its means, one way or another.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2018, 05:37:47 AM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.

So, you repeat once every 40 or 50 years.

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I haven't watched it again, but I have a strong impression that Thanos intimated that he would teach life to live within its means, one way or another.
Yeah, that would happen.
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Re: The morality of Thanos
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2018, 06:18:28 AM »
And it's not a fix, it just pushes the tip-over point back a few decades at best.

So, you repeat once every 40 or 50 years.

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I haven't watched it again, but I have a strong impression that Thanos intimated that he would teach life to live within its means, one way or another.
Yeah, that would happen.

Life in general mostly does this already through predation, parasites, disease, injury, and so on. Intelligent life OTOH can step outside these natural selection pressures and overrun the planetary resources in a manner analagous to a disease or parasite overruning its host. If Thanos set up a kill condition for intelligent life that dusted half the population of a planet whenever that population exceeded [criteria] I'm pretty that new selection pressure would be quite effective.
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