Post by pearlquartz17 on Sept 18, 2016 1:02:53 GMT
I was piqued to write this after watching the scene in Onion Gang where the kids ask Steven to smash the beetle, and he refuses. It seemed like he was unable to bring himself to smash the bug. My guess is he's still having a difficult time overcoming his experiences with Bismuth and Jasper.
But is Steven too nonviolent? There's a difference between feeling overwhelmed by guilt from killing someone (as with Bismuth), and not being able to squash something as inconsequential as a single beetle.
Well to be honest squishing bugs in the form of some strange cultist Onion ritual is different from, say, stepping on one by accident.
Steven felt pressured, and it also confused Steven because his beetle won the race... why would he punish a beetle for winning?
Onions friends are weirdos.
"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive." ~CS Lewis
Agreed. I kinda felt Steven was overreacting over the beetle too. Bismuth, I can see his point, kinda makes me think of Batman's philosophy there (which is a good thing), but still.
Reminds me of one of my problems with Miraculous Ladybug as well. She purifies the Dark Akuma Butterflies after freeing the people, she doesn't smash it under her heel like a badass! I mean it's a butterfly for Pete's sake, I'm not asking her to be killing people or something!
As remarked by Walter in The Big Lebowski: "Pacifism is not something to hide behind."