Re: Talk of Bryan Singer's BSG project resurfaces
I don't think that man being "just another animal" is in any way mutually exclusive with the existence of greater responsibility. We're social creatures; one of our great strengths as a species is that we can work together for our mutual benefit and also employ a theory of mind, ie see other people as people. The NuBSG humans, though, seemed to have an element of the genetic throwback about them. They had managed to forget much about their own origins, seemed to want to expedite their own demise and were quite ready to treat their non-biological descendants as being mere objects while presumably knowing otherwise. It seems to be a case of BSG-era humans having failed conspicuously to live up to their natural potential rather than them having failed to transcend their nature.
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can." - Terry Pratchett.