Ersatz Intellectual Opium

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thirsty-hoe:

water-veiled:

spicyshimmy:

cool idea: clean this planet up and get awesome so we’re not all totally embarrassed when the vulcans arrive

this is vitally important because the federation only makes first contact when a planet’s dominant species develops warp capability, and it makes a massive difference whether the species is ‘civilized’ enough to not be destroying itself and its home world.

according to star trek canon, one of humanity’s darkest points is about 10 years from now, when poverty is so heavily criminalized that about half of the population is segratated off into ‘sanctuary districts’ which are impossible to live in and impossible to escape. the disparity of wealth and freedom is so massive that the marginalized population reaches a boiling point and revolts, and the entire human species ends up getting its shit together enough to create a sustainable socialist world in which scientific advancement occurs at a faster rate because all of the humans are given equal opportunities for food and education.

it is only then that zephram cochrane develops the first warp capable engine and the vulcans reveal themselves to the citizens of earth whom they’d been observing distantly for a while, making sure that they were ready for introduction to the rest of the galaxy, and potentially admission into the united federation of planets.  

in this model, if we came close to achieving warp capability in the social and environmental state we’re in now, the vulcans would probably decide that the logical thing to do would be to sabotage our scientific advancement until we were worthy of engaging with the rest of the alpha quadrant. 

we sure as hell aren’t right now. 

You’re correct that the Vulcans have observed us for some time, but when Zephram Cochrane does his first test, the fact that the Vulcans detected it was completely by mistake.

But the Federation wouldn’t even exist without Earth so there would be nothing for us to gain admission to until we join the interstellar community.

Yes, as thirsty-hoe said, you’re obviously ignoring one of the main stories of redemption in the Star Trek universe, which is replete with stories of redemption. Humans are a charter species of the Federation. Indeed, we surpass Vulcans as the most peaceful and tolerant species and become leaders ourselves in the galaxy.

Which is, I hate to admit, the most expansive example of ethnocentrism I have ever witnessed. I’m looking at you, Gene Roddenberry, you progressive, pro-gay, indirect social rights activist visionary. There are more species of aliens than humans alive today, many of which have cultures predating life on Earth, but humans are the best. Really? Thankfully, the writers have hung a lantern on this point multiple times with phrases like, “despite humanity’s youth” and “even though still a young species.”

But still. Damn. At least Mass Effect, for all its faults, took into account the fact that no comprehensible species could evolve and be that willing to let a junior take over command. How would the species survive if every young whipper-snapper to rear its head was granted laurels and power before gaining experience?

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npr:

The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off the millennia of breeding for perfection.
The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn’t Always So Rosy
Courtesy of Jose Chaparro/University of Florida

Once again, the Chinese do something right.I miss the days when they used to do that.

npr:

The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off the millennia of breeding for perfection.

The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn’t Always So Rosy

Courtesy of Jose Chaparro/University of Florida

Once again, the Chinese do something right.

I miss the days when they used to do that.

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"You are him, she is her, and she will come to you"

"What if she goes for Mike instead?"

"She won’t. Go home, Axl. And when she turns up, because she will turn up, and I want you to be all like ‘what took you so long bitch?’ because that is what Odin would do"

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