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Lt. Danger
Dec 22, 2006

jolly good chaps we sure showed the hun



I don't think "nihilism" is an accurate read of Kreia's philosophy. her whole deal is that she has this fully fleshed-out ideology and ethical system and she's mad as heck no one else thinks her ideas are good. she yells at people because none of them (apart from Revan and maybe the Exile) live up to her standards, up to and including the Force itself. that's kinda the opposite of nihilism

obvious comparison point is Nietzsche, who himself wrote a lot about the imminent crisis of nihilism and its dangers. the same concepts recur: the "will to power", the aristocratic Uebermensch, more loosely the idea of an oppressive cosmos. I don't think Kreia would have any problem with people helping each other out so long as it's Very Cool and Intelligent radical philosopher-warriors actively Choosing to Cooperate in the face of the yawning void, rather than an unknowing network of herd-based guilt/shame social obligations for stupid idiots

libertarianism is also not a great fit though that's more because contemporary libertarianism is more concerned with property rights - propertarianism, if you will

ultimately trying to place Kreia somewhere on the binary of "the author's mouthpiece who is correct and we must agree with" or "the villain whose every word is wrong" is the wrong way to go about it. every character is the author's mouthpiece, the game as a whole is the author's mouthpiece - the conflicts and events of the game are the interplay of the different ideas of the author. it's us as readers that must decide, individually, what it means

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Lt. Danger
Dec 22, 2006

jolly good chaps we sure showed the hun



also I wouldn't characterise KOTOR2 writing as mystery boxes. the game's very up-front about what it means. what did Revan do after KOTOR1? Canderous/T3 tell you, they went off to fight the True Sith. who are the True Sith? Kreia tells you, they're an evil empire of Siths who've been loving around with the Republic the last few decades

there's no actual questions here. nothing like "who is Snoke?"

Lt. Danger
Dec 22, 2006

jolly good chaps we sure showed the hun



Kreia doesn't want to kill everyone, she uses the threat of Malachor as a means to force the issue between herself and the Exile: finish your training, prove my ideas correct, or you and millions will die. Plan B is that the trauma of the echo will force others to make the same choice the Exile did, proving Kreia correct in a different way

genocides (and smaller killings) occur because people think certain ideas are worth crossing the prohibition on murder - that meaning is more important than people's lives. it's not nihilism, it's just a specific lack of belief in universal human rights

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