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9-24-2010 @ 11:36PM
Well sure we can have a conversation about this. It's difficult in that I have no idea if you'll see this reply, so maybe this isn't the place. However two people don't have to agree to discuss something, in fact conversations are generally more interesting when there are opposing views on the subject.For the record though I'm not a Moral Relativist, I have opinions, but that doesn't make them truth. I think killing innocent people is wrong as well. I'm just not going to internalize my feelings on the matter and hold a fantasy creature to the same standard I would a human. Species has everything to do with it because like I said, morality isn't actually universal, and condemning a race by standards they can't meet isn't exactly fair. I understand that this is bordering on hyperbole but I just don't see how else to put it.If you had a child, let's say they are five years old, do they really know right from wrong? Would most kindergartners understand that killing something is morally wrong? Maybe, but it's not the same kind of knowing or understanding that an adult has.Moving on, I think my original point could be clarified by comparison.The Kaldori and their lust for Magic led to the Sundering. All of those events led to countless deaths, innocent deaths as well. From their perspective, and the perspective of their apologists, they weren't doing anything morally wrong, just reckless. The outcome however was bloody horrible. Wrong thing (tampering with magic), right reason (power and knowledge).I just don't see the same kind of reviled hatred for the Night Elves that is often directed at Orcs. And that's what I don't understand.
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