War, Peace, Society, and Space Robots

Breaking Moulds

In university I took a fascinating course called “War, Peace and Society.” We always used to joke that the class should just be called “War,” as we never made it through the “war” part to talk much about “peace and society.”

In retrospect I realize the thing about peace is that it can’t really exist without war, in the same way that light can’t exist without darkness. We had to talk about war to even begin to understand what peace meant, what society looked like or could look like.

All of the news lately about Paris, Beirut, terrorists and refugees has got me thinking about war, peace, society… and space robots. Gundam, to be specific. Gundam is the pre-Transformers Japanese media franchise about giant fighting space robots.

I can explain.

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