A joke is not funny to someone who takes it seriously. Just as someone who treats the Imperium with serious analysis misses the satire of its story.
Any subtlety on the part of GW went and died about a decade ago. Everything barring the new Regimental Standard is presented in a completely serious manner.
You dont seem to know the definiton of race. Race: "Each of the major divisions of human kind, each having distinct physical characteristics." Humans cant be racist against animals. It just doenst work that way lol. Hating other SPECIES is not racist, it is xenophobic. Dude you gotta know definitions
So you're using a dictionary definition from 20th Century Earth, where there's just one sentient species, to justify your own lack of understanding? Ever heard the term "the human race"? It's a phrase that's used even today.
38,000 years from now, humanity will be a mostly homogeneous species where those "racial" characteristics will be indistinct. Physical characteristics will derive from environmental characteristics of planetary origin.
As for "gotta know your definitions"? While you're looking up the modern definition of "racism", look up the definition of xenophobia as well. Bet it says nothing about alien species. In fact, its current use pertains to national origin.
The Orks are a race, the Eldar are a race, the Tau are a race, humanity is a race - regardless if they are brown humans or yellow humans or pink humans.
Please stop moving the goalposts. The terms are appropriate for our use, and not at all relevant to the then-archaic context in which you intend to employ them.
There is no reason why a member of one species should care about the life of another species. Human rights and equality ultimately only apply to humans, and not animals or other sapient species. Ultimately all aliens are realistically, an existential threat, because of the single empirical truth of humanoid life. Quoting Atomic Rockets website-
- THEIR SURVIVAL WILL BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR SURVIVAL.
If an alien species has to choose between them and us, they won't choose us. It is difficult to imagine a contrary case; species don't survive by being self-sacrificing.
- WIMPS DON'T BECOME TOP DOGS.
No species makes it to the top by being passive. The species in charge of any given planet will be highly intelligent, alert, aggressive, and ruthless when necessary.
- THEY WILL ASSUME THAT THE FIRST TWO LAWS APPLY TO US.
Ultimately the logical action to take with aliens is to kill them so they don't kill you, and you can use those precious resources they were using before you came along. Also need I point out that Xenos stabbed humanity in the back and led to the death of trillions of humans and mass enslavement. You know what the galaxy was like before the Age of Strife? Relatively wonderful. There was a federation of human states in the Dark Age of Technology, and they allied with Xenos. You know what happened when Old Night hits and human civilization collapses? Most of those Xenos civilizations stabbed humanity in the back and killed huge swathes of them. That's why the Emperor when on his extermination crusade.
Edited by Volt, 19 February 2017 - 01:23 AM.