SCoA 4: The monster is just a metaphor


In Shadow of the Colossus you know nothing. Tabula Rasa, blank slate. You enter a mysterious , foreboding yet familiar world tasked blindly with only bringing about the end of the 16 Colossi in vain hope that the princess may awaken from her eternal slumber. What do the colossi represent? They’re merely there – innocuous contours in the landscape, their actions determinate of yours. The world, there for your interpretation and contemplation – the fate of the colossi, completely unknown. So what if we do so slay the colossi? What if we exert our unsubstantiated prejudices upon these megalithic testaments to our misunderstandings?

Without first understanding, our actions are without personal consequence, but the repercussions of our actions may run deeper than we can observe, so far as undermining the fragile mantle of our moral and social bonds with the unknown. The difference here is that we have a choice. We as humans are not forced into linear, moralistically deadened journeys. We have the capacity to shape our views and understandings, and in doing so we may then learn to lay aside our prejudices and preconceived notions and become more mature, considerate people.

Right now, you’re probably wondering what that was all about. Well, okay. This is actually an excerpt for something I wrote in an english presentation on deconstructing and evaluation our perceptions of external cultures, so I felt it was an appropriate micro analysis to tie in.

Miles Newton – Apocryphal git


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