rollie715 wrote:I moved this post from another forum after thinking it better belonged here.
One of my thoughts with the focus on Vegetarianism first, was that with the continued existence of humans on the earth, the idea of vampires being the predators and humans the prey, life can not go on as it did before when the humans were ignorant. I'm not sure where I read it, but it seems like somewhere in Carlisle's and Edward's comments, they discussed the subject of a higher power such as God, and how they felt there would eventually be a final judgement where even the Vampires were to be judged according to their own deeds. Both Carlisle and Edward seemed to think they would be rewarded in some way if they resisted their natural instincts to kill humans, and tried to overcompensate by protecting human life. At least they hung on to the hope that that could be true. I also remember them commenting something along the lines that because Vampires existed, God must of created them for some purpose and had some kind of plan for them. I'm thinking this may be the driving force behind many of Carlisle's beliefs and commitments and would be a natural response to his early mortal upbringing. Stephenie Meyers has also commented in one of her interviews on the subject of morality, that God's laws as they apply to Vampires may be different then that which would apply to humans as they each have been given a different set of circumstances. Is it immoral for a vampire to kill a human? Carlisle seemed to lean towards thinking it was wrong, as well as Edward who often agonized over how to overcome the "monster".
In light of all this overly heavy thinking, I'm thinking a future where Vampires and Humans openly coexist would have to publicly address the issue of Human Blood consuming and either campaign to eliminate it as an acceptable practice or provide circumstances where it could occur. The subject matter is deeper then I really want to get into, as it could lead to some really horrific Science Fiction or Horror stories.
As for Carlilse's role, I agree, he doesn't force his beliefs on anyone, but he does set a very good example by being true to his own beliefs. He also sees the good in people even if it is just a potential of what they could be if they tried. Edward seems to struggle to live up to what he thinks Carlisle expects of him, but at the same time that influence allows Edward to find strength he didn't know he had. I guess what I'm saying is when Vampires go public, I see Carlisle as coming to grips with his own beliefs and becoming even stronger in them then he was previously. And yes I believe that increased understanding would result in him having a greater influence on those around him and even be perceived by some as preaching.
rollie715 wrote:In light of all this overly heavy thinking, I'm thinking a future where Vampires and Humans openly coexist would have to publicly address the issue of Human Blood consuming and either campaign to eliminate it as an acceptable practice or provide circumstances where it could occur. The subject matter is deeper then I really want to get into, as it could lead to some really horrific Science Fiction or Horror stories.
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