A warrior’s view of the Confederation.
When one takes a look at humanity and its progress both technologically and ethically one must wonder exactly how it is that they have actually managed to even make it past beating two sticks together. I know that others within the unity have spoken about humanity but sometimes I wonder if they truly have stopped and looked? Cousins you maybe but while we may look simular and have a common ancestral gene background that is about where one might stop the resemblance.
You look at our society and call the fact that we consider sex and reproduction two separate things acting on the first when need arises and embracing the second as required as to quote “almost barbaric” and yet let us look at your own culture for a moment verse our own. Within the unity we have few instances of what humans would call rape, and yet every day on almost every one of your confederate worlds and colonies we see such happen, if our ways are so morally incorrect why is it that our culture one that has embraced the fact that we have biological urges that should be satisfied freely without stigma has so few instances and yours which you claim has higher ‘ethics’ and ‘morals’ that are so correct, has so high an occurrence?
Before one of you stops me and starts to point out that in battle and even our trials such events do occur let me stop and point out that I am talking general society, War and Battle are different things completely and we acknowledge that, we train ourselves to know the difference and to accept that our bodies and our minds have breaking points, things that our enemies will use against us in the effort to gain intelligence and other items from us. There is no shame in knowing ones limits and there is no shame in having a biological response that is hard wired into all of us either but you seem to think that there is, you claim that because we acknowledge this we are nothing but a race of petty thugs.
I wonder is it the fact that every human is singular, Unable to share even the most basic of thoughts, emotions and fears that leads them to this sense that they are always correct? I do not know, I find it hard at times to sit listening to your so called righteous ways sprouted by you politicians and even those who run their companies, just as I find it so hard to sit and watch as both of your groups allow whole segments of your working caste to live in poverty despite the fact the society that they live in has the power to prevent such a thing. Tell me if we are Barbarians why is it that every member of our own races castes are cared for, feed, sheltered, clothed? Why their medical needs are taken care of and why do we do our best to help those whom can no longer contribute fully to contribute in some other manner? These are not the actions of a society that is Barbaric, Backwards or even Uncaring, indeed to me these are the actions of a society and a race that values every life that exists within its bounds.
And yet if one was to sit and listen to the words spouted from the Terran Confederate Senate at times our ways are wrong, our ways are barbaric, backwards, unhealthy, and oppressive. Strong words coming from senators and people whom claim they represent the people, may I ask you why it is your own level of comfort is ten times higher than that of the worker who mines the ores that go into your factories? Or a hundred times better than the individual whom due to circumstance your society has made unable to become educated in even the most simple of job, unable to get medical aid or have hope of clawing their way beyond the world that you have pushed them into?
That is not the way we of the unity see things, Warriors such as myself exist to protect the Unity, we take pride in our name and we admit that we are born to fight, we admit that we will fight if we are called to do so, but our true goal the true aim of our entire caste is to protect those whom cannot protect themselves. Tell me have you ever seen a Warrior harm a child? Not even the worst of us such as those whom follow Ce’an will deliberately target a location with children, nor will you see us deliberately target a worker population. We keep our battles between those who should be fighting and that is how it should be, the Warrior is the one who must face battle, and the Warrior is the one who must protect the ones who cannot do so themselves. For without those people, being a Warrior is pointless. The Worker gives us the ships, the tools, the food, the resources all that is needed to protect and to serve. The Breeder gives us the next generation before returning to the worker or the warrior caste to continue their role. One cannot live without the other and we truly understand that. And yet we are the barbarians?
I would challenge any of you senators to actually live as your workers do, to eat as they have to eat, to do the work they have to do, I think you would find that your viewpoints change quiet rapidly. But of course that will not happen, unlike the ages past in human societies where those who ruled also led, making certain that they understood and faced the same dangers as those who served your kind is indeed perhaps the ones who are so morally corrupt, your kind are the ones who should be called Barbarian.
Sadly some of that Barbarian runs within my blood, sadly sometimes I am forced to fall to your level of Barbarism myself by coming to your committees, by having to actually lower our level of interaction to your petty side show of pretend interaction and debate despite the fact we both know full well that it is those with Wealth and Power that truly pull your strings and not the voice of those whom you claim to represent. You should understand that I do this not because I believe your right in any manner but because my father and my mother worked so very hard to create and then foster the alliances between the Unity and the Confederation, but you should always remember the Unity is not one of your subjects, we will not simply bow to your wishes, we will not change our ways simply because you believe you are correct. If our workers wish change than we will change until that time keep your opinions to yourselves unless you wish an even harsher look at the wrongs of your own society.
- Speech delivered by Steph’An – Harding, Alpha Warrior of the Unity in response to an attempt by the Confederate Senate to force changes on Unity society during treaty negotiations.