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The Geth issue is, in my opinion, the heftiest issue in Mass Effect. They were accidentally given sentience by the Quarians only to be treated with fear and violence immediately, essentially terrorized by their creators. Like organics, they have a massive disagreement; some Geth want to gain protection by swearing loyalty to the reapers. The rest, for whatever reason, do not.
The main question of this thread is how the Geth should be treated. Are the Reapers right? Will synthetics just keep rising up and exterminating organics? Or is there a chance for diplomacy; a peace that could last millenia and benefit both species?
Are they as human as us? To re-use the popular quote, "Does this unit have a soul?" Do they deserve all the rights and freedoms that a human does? Do you think it's more likely that, in examining organic behaviour, they're trying to tally our weaknesses... Or learn our strengths? Can they even be trusted?
I would love to hear your opinions. True, they're fictional robot characters, but based on your interactions with them in the ME series how would you answer those questions?
Just once I'd like to see a Futurama episode in which Hermes says, straight-up, "I smoke marijuana."
Well, should anyone have rights? Where do these rights come from? How do you distinguish a right from a privilege?
If you want to be logical, no one has rights because rights don't exist. The moment you are born, a magical force doesn't endow you with certain privileges that no one can deny you. What we call rights are nothing more than what you could call a mutual contract you hope other people will follow.
If you believe in Princess Celestia as your personal Lord and Savior and are 100% proud of it, put this in your signature.