i don’t understand how can anyone hate gaius baltar and this is not going to be well-written meta (english is hard when you have so many feelings) but just one observation that sums up my feelings about him
this is a man who spent part of the series being held captive by both humans and cylons, he was tortured by both humans and cylons and after all the horrible shit he went through (and i’m sorry, if you don’t believe gaius went through really terrible things then you haven’t been paying attention) he says something like “i love living” and i think that’s the thing we should all learn from gaius: life is a gift no matter how hard it gets and no matter how much you fuck it up, life is a gift and gaius understands this.
Tumblr ate my meta, grr!
Long story slightly shorter…
When people dismiss Gaius as simply being the villain it’s more a case of them casually viewing the show without really looking much beyond the surface.
The hero and villain of BSG is one and the same entity and it is not one person but human nature itself.
What is arguably the biggest theme of BSG? The idea of being ‘Worthy of Survival’.
How do you challenge this theme? And who do you use to symbolically tell it to fuck off?
Get the character who has the largest most wide reaching sin (the destruction of mankind), make him accept his sin and embrace life in spite of it.
In the end, worthy of survival becomes survival because life is inherently good and should be enjoyed.
Gaius Baltar was god’s way of saying fuck you to people ascribing definitions of value on human life.
Not one single hurtful thing ever got changed by someone grinning and bearing it.
Hurtful things changed because people have said ‘That hurts me. Stop.’
And every time you try to silence someone and tell them that they shouldn’t be hurt, shouldn’t be offended, shouldn’t choose this battle, that this isn’t important and that other things are more important - you are serving the hurtful rather than the hurt."
It takes a lot of courage to do keep the heart open and the hand out, but it’s worth it.
I’m actually surrounded by people who constantly try to silence my protests by telling me that I shouldn’t complain, that the arsehole didn’t mean to be an arsehole, that I’m reading too much into a thing, that I’m like this because I “don’t know what the real world is like”. I’m trying to use this as motivation to get myself out of this environment asap, or I will have my soul crushed and become a zombie.
do you ever cook something in the microwave but it’s still really cold in the middle and you just keep eating it instead of heating it longer because life is pointless and entropy is unavoidable and the universe is filled with callous and casual destruction
Just think of yourself as being the entropic force. You are happening to the food and causing all sorts of destruction to the orderly proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Your vast army of enzymes and acids are tearing macromolecule families apart. You take some molecules to be integrated randomly into your cells and blood, and casually disregard others.
Hope that gives you the strength to keep nuking that thing until it is deliciously warm throughout.