Long post about burning a tree, not so much about WoW story, i’ll leave that for others.
Reading comments i read few saying: why do you cry over burning a tree, WTH?
What they meant here is trees are not worth crying for and that’s makes me feel troubled, even if the tree we talk about is made of pixels no one should ever say trees are not worth being upset about, if you don’t feel sad for cutting a tree you fail at being a human.
It’s been more than a decade now since a tree in my neighborhood removed, and to this day i still regret not trying to defend it, i could’ve stopped the workers and go to the local municipality to talk with them, at least they can cut some branches but the whole tree? i should’ve stopped them
It was there when i was but a child, it was there when we moved our house, i used to stand in my room looking at it, before summer the tree turn yellow then shed all the leafs, days later i start to notice the new green leafs, they take few weeks to grow to their full size, the tree comes back to life before summer and it is the greenest most beautiful tree in the whole area, and i let it die, i let them cut it, never ever think trees are not worth crying for.
Cutting a tree is not that different from losing a beloved pet, i like to think that most people understand that.
Burning Teldrassil is old news since last Blizzcon, we know this is coming, and i’m not upset about who did it or why, it wasn’t really that difficult to guess who will do it, i don’t like how to story is going but that what Blizzard choose.
The tree people talking about is a home for many fictional people and players, it’s not just a tree like any other, so when you burn it you burn people who live there, and you destroy a place of fond memories for many players.
As people we need a contradiction, changing and not changing, we need to change some things in our life because we get bored, and yet we have attachment to some things and we wish not to change them in any way.
When it comes to places people tend to prefer not changing them except when the place is horrible and unbearable, when we have nice places we want to keep them as they are, and it is important that cities try to balance between these two forces.
I live in a city of constant change, no place from my childhood survived, all the places i used to have fond memory of are gone, the city is a great place to live in (apart from the freaking hot summers) but i don’t feel any attachment to it anymore, the idea of living in another city was something unthinkable a decade ago, now? i’m trying to find a way to do that.
When people comment on a genocide i wish they clarify if they are justifying it or just explaining it, even if you are explaining the genocide you have to tell people that you don’t justify it, just in case if some people misunderstand you.
Now this is troubling me a lot, people who justify what the warchief did, we have to bring examples from real life and remind people that tyrants and terrorists justify their actions with ideals and ideologies, they did it for the good of people, to advance an agenda, for the greater good, to cleanse the world from “weakness” .. etc.
And no, we don’t have to wait the rest of the expansion to make a judgment, it’s like telling people to wait for the rest of world war II to judge the idiot who started the whole thing.
I can point terrorist attacks happened in home cities of some WoW players and tell them that the terrorist have reasons, they are not merely doing that for fun, and if i say the terrorism is justified how will people feel about that? … and to make it absolutely clear: i’m not justifying terrorism of any kind.
Yes, WoW is a game, but the story is not just a story, people from ancient times used stories to teach ideals and preserve culture, that’s why i find it disturbing to read some people happy about the atrocities in real life or in fictional ones, let’s not forget that in our near past politicians justified killing the innocent for the greater good, their story is they are doing a hard thing for the greater good … Spoiler Alert: we never saw the greater good, we witnessed destroyed societies.
Because many players didn’t like what they saw in the game, and in this age of social media it is easy to get direct access to people who did the hard work and harass them and be rude to them.
It’s amazing how people can’t grasp the simple idea of not being rude, and when you tell them off they replay with the same old broken record of freedom, them being honest, or them being selfish jerks who know they can keep doing that, because they are cowards who hide behind the screen.
One happy note: i’m glad to have so many wonderful bloggers, people who can write without the need to be rude.