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Friday, June 3, 2011

Terran to Zerg, Huh?

On the colony world of Mar Sara, and being the Confederate magistrate, you face all sorts of problems.  Zerg, the insectoid aliens, have been invading for ages and it has been a never ending battle to maintain the colony.  Not only is Zerg a giant pain, but you have Protoss nippin' at your heels.  For an Earth exile, Terran, life isn't easy.

As time goes on and you grow more familiar with the species (Terran), you start to really detest those insectoids.  They assimilate everything, use all the minerals and vespene gas, and the creep....Yikes!  You're goal is to wipe them off the face of the planet (literally).

After you get to a certain point in this game (yes, if you haven't guessed it, I'm talkin about StarCraft) the tables turn.  You go from Confederate general master to controlling the Swarm.  That's right, you are now the insectoids.

As quick as I was to dislike this alien race, I soon came to understand them.  Zerg is a race that is in pursuit of genetic perfection and obsessed with assimilating other races.  They too are just trying to find their place in the Koprulu Sector.

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes."  We are all quick to criticize.  Quick to decide that we know better or could do things better than someone else.  Our pride gets the better of us far too easily.  President Ezra Taft Benson said:
The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity means “hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.” It is the power by which Satan wishes to reign over us.

We create enmity between us and others.  Place ourselves in a "mightier than thou" type of mindset and can't see the bigger picture. 

It's hard to see what's really going on in someone's life.  That girl that doesn't ever talk to anyone and seems so stuck up, she's actually extremely shy.  The boy that doesn't seem to care about bathing, his family had the water shut off and can't shower regularly.  Things are always deeper then they appear.

So, before you go wiping out an entire alien species or go off criticizing someone, take a step back.  Picture what it would be like to "walk a mile in their shoes."


Elder Cabral said...

I've tried to think of a Starcraft to gospel comparison for a while... This is great!

Elder Brian Menasco said...

It is so true, it never helps to have this preconceived notions about anything, or anyone. We must be able and willing to get to know/love everyone!

Elder Chris Spendlove said...

I'll be honest, Sis. Nestman--I would NEVER have pegged you as a StarCraft fan/player/person-who-knows-anything-about-it. Guess I should take your advice and walk a mile in your shoes! (although they might be a little small for me...)

Sister Brittany Nestman said...

Hahaha it was a family thing for a while. We'd go play it at my dad's work and fight over who would get the extra energy sources that weren't currently occupied by us.

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