"It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so." ~Charles de Lint
Saturday, April 27, 2013
X is for Xenocide
There aren't a lot of words that start with X that I think I'd enjoy talking about. So I picked one that I thought would at least be interesting, and since it does play a part in The Magic Wakes, it is appropriate for my topic.
Xenocide is genocide directed at an alien species.
Did that clear things up? Well, just in case...
Genocide--the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
Neither is an attractive word, even though I think it rolls off the tongue nicely. When I was younger I thought only a great hatred could bring about something so ugly. Although this may be the most logical reason for xenocide/genocide, it's not the only reason. Fear, misunderstanding, ignorance. All could lead to the annihilation of a group of people.
The Dragumon have wiped out entire planets simply because they could. It wasn't a personal hatred or disagreement, just a general loathing for the sanctity of life other than their own. Sendek, however, is personal. Maybe that's why they take their time. Play their games. And that's where they messed up.
Talia has time to come to terms with the fact she would need to destroy an entire sentient race. Although not comfortable with the choice, she does it and has to live with the consequences. It will haunt her for the rest of her life.
If it came down to kill or be killed, how would you justify it? How would you live with the guilt?
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Killing in self-defence is one thing, but genocide and xenocide are often entirely unnecessary. It's a hard thing to get my head around.ReplyDelete
It sure is. And what if you do it but don't know you're doing it (thinking Ender here)? How do you live with that?Delete
Darn. I was going to bring up ENDER... Guilt is also a big part of his story. Especially the last chapter or so. I think the shame really added a lot to his character.Delete
Xenocide is a new word for me. Genocide I know about and both are just wrong.ReplyDelete
I agree completely, and yet they both bear lots of consideration. Is there ever a time that it's necessary for your own survival? How long to you look at other options and try negotiations?Delete
I'm talking strictly Xenocide by the way. I can't think of a single reason for genocide.
Xenocide will play a part in my third book but not revealing how...ReplyDelete
:D Ooo, a teaser! Thanks Alex! ;)Delete
I don't know. In answer to your questions, I just don't know.ReplyDelete
It would depend on the situation but if someone was trying to kill me I'd hope I wouldn't hesitate to kill them first although I also hope I'd try to wound them first so they couldn't kill me!ReplyDelete
I'm totally with mshatch on this one! Both forms are unnecessary simply because killing in itself is wrong.ReplyDelete