October 1, 2014


Commentary for October 1, 2014:

I don't have a great deal to say about this page, really, other than I'm generally quite pleased with how it turned out.

Addendum for December 12, 2019:

In order to bring the format of the earlier chapters into line with Chapter 7 onwards, Iíve made an updated version of this page, which is larger, with clearer text. Hopefully, this will make the earlier chapters easier to read.

I donít know why I had so little to say about this page originally. I know I felt, at the time, that exploring Horatioís reasons for staying with the Echidna Empire was long overdue, but I didnít seem to have anything to say about it. So Iíll offer some thoughts now, as the essence of what he originally said here is still the same, even though I have made slight alterations for the sake of worldbuilding. (You donít need to worry about them, though.)

I enjoy villains with compelling motivations. Sure, a villain like Eggman, a selfish narcissist who thinks he should rule the world because he believes heís smarter than everyone else, can be good fun. (And donít get it twisted; Doctor Eggman is incredibly fun -- I enjoy reading him in the old Archie Sonic comic and the new IDW one, and I love writing him in Eonís World Vol. 1 and I'm sure I'll love writing him eventually in Vol. 2 as well.) But a villain with more complex and nuanced reasons for what they do, reasons that make some degree of sense, that could even be persuasive in the right (or wrong) circumstances -- the kind of villain you could almost sympathise with -- is also enjoyable.

I think both types of villain have value in a story, and I think both can be found in real life.

But, in any case, part of me feels like I really should unpack some of what Horatio says here, particularly his points about democracy and freedom. I donít want to go into too much detail, because Iíd be writing an essay about what I think if I did, so Iíll keep it to two brief points: 1) While I think Horatio has some legit criticisms of democracy, I donít agree with his conclusion; democracy doesnít need to be destroyed, it just needs to be fixed to remove corruption and ensure voters are better informed about their choices and that politicians and news outlets donít lie to or otherwise mislead them (all of which, I believe, can be done). And 2) while Horatio makes some fair points about the concept of freedom, I donít think that means we have only a choice between absolute freedom in a Hobbesean state of nature, where life is nasty, brutish, and short, or no freedom at all in exchange for the benefits of living in a civil society.

I feel an overwhelming urge to say more, which is bugging me. Honestly, thatís probably why I didnít have a lot to say in the original commentary. Itís not that I had nothing to say; I probably just had way too much to say.

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