Quick Thoughts on the Battlestar Galactica Finale

Since the re-imagined series "Battlestar Galactica" was important enough to discuss at the United Nations,* I suppose its important enough to mention here. Avoiding the political discussion as much as possible, here is some of the good and the bad about the finale.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "noble savage" myth is alive and well. The three problems humans (and apparently cylons) have is technology, civilization, and religion. What is the final solution to ending the "all this has happened before, and all this will happen again" cycle?
    • Your child's robot piggie-bank is the glimpse of our coming demise. (But we already knew that from "Terminator.")
    • People need to spread out and live off the land. Social conventions like monogamous sexual intercourse is idealistic, and too many humans together is never a good thing (see next point).
    • Neither the polytheistic religion of the humans and the monotheistic religion of the cylons avail the protagonists much. It is only the existential "leap of faith," the trusting in something with little cognitive reasoning but supreme positive emotion and hope, is the key to a fruitful life. That is, stop all the wicked divisions over what you believe "god" said.
  • Humans are depraved. Given enough time and inventions, they will descend into debauchery and ultimate destruction.
  • That all humans on earth can have a single parent ancestry is plausible.
  • "God" still needs a physical revelation. Theories about God are meaningless unless someone comes down from "Heaven." The meaninglessness of trying to worship and honor a "god" that refuses to make any clear statements could be a possible conclusion for us to draw from the "Battlestar" series, despite the shades of Rousseau mentioned above. In the very least, "angels" or "demons" are needed to help mortals understand what it is in the whole, wide universe "god" wants.
  • Redemption is available for even the most vile among us. The impenitent, however, get their just reward.
  • You should never give a gun to a toaster.

*PS: We will not be discussing Whooppi Goldberg.

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