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A Story of Logic and Immorality

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Today I have watched a cutscene in a video game that plot-wise had a relatively-logical structure behind it, but its immorality has caused me to view it as less logical than it was presented, because I believe acting intentionally immoral as illogical, as that can raise a lot of unwanted opposition - as it clearly caused in the cutscene.

​The cutscene was about an army of deadly assassins, lead by a man named “Dolph” (get the reference?) burning apart a village of sentient, isolationist beavers, that have decided to maintain their isolationism because they want to live a quiet life and not indulge themselves in the conflicts of humans.

When the protagonist and company confront Dolph for voluntarily burning down this village by his superiors, Dolph explained that the extermination of the village and its people was because “they are not a part of our kingdom, and our kingdom is there solely for its loyal subjects”.

​In other words, he justified his attempt in ethnic genocide because this specific minor ethnicity was not involved enough in the matters of the kingdom, in order to be considered a part of it, even though it was indeed a part of it geographically.

I can understand Dolph logic behind his immoral act - those who are not an integral part of the nation, allegedly shouldn’t exist, because insufficiently-involved ethnicities/races are unnecessary for a nation’s desire for national unification.

Of course, even though I understand the logic behind the act, there is no way I would agree with it being moral and just - those who seek a quite and isolated life, shouldn’t be cleansed solely because of their desire for peace and harmony. The intention behind the beavers’ isolationist policy is far from justifying their extinction, and there is where I disagree with Dolph’s decision for ethnic cleansing.

​And indeed, because committing immoral deeds can easily ruin a person’s or an entity’s good name and respect, after the sentient beavers’ village was saved by the protagonist and his army - after a long period of isolation, the beavers decided to fight for the protagonist cause - to overthrow the current government which, by the way, have overthrown the protagonist’s parents from the throne through their assassination.