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Old October 7 2012, 10:22 PM   #52
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Re: Did the Voyager crew make the wrong call in Memorial? "

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4. Keeping the memorial functioning is important to maintain the intent and benefit of #1.

5. Warning incoming travellers of what it does mitigates the possible damage done by #2.
Okay, how this for a solution? Repair the monument, but adjust it so that it's "mind rape" effect only works over a distance of a hundred metres. There is a clearly marked activation button, good for one play per push.

Place space buoys (buoies?) that describe the monument, it's location and how to activate it. Inform visitors what to expect in detail.

Both a warning and an invitation. Academic scholars and curious tourists alike will come and experience the monument, word will spread.

With consent, there is no rape.

Maybe they want the rape.

No one's looking after the memorial or even the planet, it's run down and abandoned.

Everyone has forgotten.

Or think they know better.

If not for the odd rape now and then this place would serve no purpose, and if it luckily rapes the right people, maybe they'll see how important it is and they'll fix up the memorial and maybe even staff it and start a package tour company?

Remember the Buffy where the Indian Ghost gave Xander VD (and smallpox)?
Spike: I just can't take all this mamby-pamby boo-hooing about the bloody Indians.
Willow: Uh, the preferred term is...
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That's what conquering nations do. It's what Caesar did, and he's not goin' around saying, "I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it." The history of the world is not people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story.
Apart from Christianity (If the Roman's had been nicer there wouldn't have been a Christianity as we understand it.), none of the billions of tons of monuments left behind by the Roman Empire say much else other than "Suck it! Suck it!" but the entire world gets behind their glory hogging still thousands of years after the fact.

I think it comes down to the big question if memorials/shared memories can prevent history from repeating itself. I do not doubt that such a memory makes individuals aware of such situations. They probably will be more aware and stand up against discrimination and crimes against a minority. On the other hand you have always people who do commit crimes because of their ideology - be it nationalism, religion whatever. But in the end those that shared the memory of a past crime are important to fight the new one. They are the only thing to make a difference.
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