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Old July 17 2013, 06:09 PM   #16
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Re: Avatar and the Prime Directive

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The thing about Avatar was, the primary purpose behind extracting the natural resource (the floating rock) was to take it to Earth as a new power supply. Yes the company doing the extraction was going to get rich in the process, but the people of Earth would also benefit. Earth was "dying," a new source of power was desperately needed.

I don't recall anyone actually saying 'Earth' in the introduction to Avatar. They probably did but I don't remember it.

I always thought the movie failed because large groups of intelligent humans just don't behave like that when money is the prime motivator.
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Old July 18 2013, 06:22 PM   #17
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I always thought the movie failed because large groups of intelligent humans just don't behave like that when money is the prime motivator.
Money might not have been the primary motivator for everyone there (just a part of their reasoning). The end of the movie's voice over did say that the human's were being sent back to their "dying planet."

Most of the troops, engineers and laborers would have family, homes and friends back home, the floating rock would secure their love ones well being and life styles.

There could also be the adventure aspect of traveling to a distant alien planet.

(or I misunderstood what you meant by "like that")

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Old July 18 2013, 06:34 PM   #18
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I don't believe they would stand aside and watch what amounts to genocide. For idealism perhaps but they didn't write it that way. They wrote it like War of the Worlds only with humans as the baddies. That just doesn't seem likely to me. We've sucked our planet dry so let's go kill off another species and take all their resources.
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Old July 18 2013, 09:45 PM   #19
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We've sucked our planet dry so let's go kill off another species and take all their resources.
Sounds about right to me. Like it or not, that's probably what would happen.
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