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  1. Walt
    February 21, 2024 @ 5:41 pm

    The short answer as to why the Androids had to die is that they murdered, or rather, retired humans while escaping Mars. Pretty cut and dry if you’re a bounty hunter, unless you consider the elements of humanity which the androids did possess, right down to possessing human DNA.

    The “Rachel” model is organic. She can live up to 4 years. She was more of a clone than a robot, IMHO, and should have been protected by law. And she did a very human, vengeful thing in an act of jealous passion. Still not organic enough?

    It’s like in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm,’ where, “All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

    Logically speaking, there is an original human in the distant past whose DNA must have been used to create Rachel and all the other perfect versions of her. PKD opposed eugenics. These beings were not only built–they were grown, farmed. Enhanced. Was that ethical, or humane? Is it too much to consider that all life is valuable and should be protected?

    Whether organic life comes from a petri dish or a womb, organic is organic. Life is life, and deserves dignity. And PKD is genius for inspiring his audience to think on a deeper level.


    • Andrea Elisabeth
      February 21, 2024 @ 6:46 pm

      Hi Walt,

      Thank you so much for your comment and clarification! I must have missed that reasoning in the novel. I certainly agree that it seems strange to consider the androids in the novel androids and/or robots, especially when the Nexus 6 are so similar to humans that only a bone marrow analysis can really prove their origins.

      I’d have to read more about PKD’s conception of the novel, but your comment makes me wonder if he wrote it precisely because he opposed eugenics and wanted to explore that theme to its logical extent. Certainly it’s the lesson Deckard seems to learn at the end, that all life is valuable, not just human life (and “pristine” human life that hasn’t been affected by the radiation).

      “Life is life and deserves dignity.” Yes, couldn’t agree more. It’s also the main reason, I think, the character of Data in Star Trek:TNG is so compelling and why the Measure of a Man episode (season 2 episode 9 I believe) is also so compelling. Though Data isn’t organic his quest to become more human speaks to his spirit.


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