As we watch Avatar, an all too familiar theme presents itself really early. Humanity finds itself once again in a situation of desperation and surprising opportunity. Man has broken it’s earthly bounds and have begun to press into the void. Achieving great feats like near light speed travel, humanity has even broken the bounds of its own solar system. While all this great growth in achievement comes to pass, growth continues in all other realms. Assuming for a second that no major wars or conflicts have caused population decline, man begins to overpopulate Earth and the other celestial bodies, causing resources to become very scarce. Thus every bit of fuel and energy producing resources becomes almost sacred in it’s scarcity. Thus, Humanity does once again find itself in a desperate situation.
Ever since the inception of produced electricity, and the distribution of this great resource, our grids and infrastructure has been rather inefficient. Even today, with our power grid here in America, only 30% of any energy produced at our power plants ever makes it to the sockets of our homes and businesses. While it can be safe to assume that advances to improve our power grid would happen between now and 2154, the nature of the beast shows that we can really only do so much to be as efficient with our grid. The materials that we use to transport the electricity lose a lot of their energy to heat, age, and material type. Without going into too much detail, the balance between cost and efficiency is a delicate game that cause a lot of energy to be lost. Thus the need of a super conductor, one that operates at room temperature, would almost be idolized. This is where that little gray rock of unobtanium steps in.
The Resource Development Administration, or RDA, wins the exclusive right to mine this rock and transport the material back to earth, saving it from an almost political, social, and economical collapse. The usefulness of remaining energy producing materials and now been expanded to the umpteenth degree, making what scarce resources that remained go a much longer distance. In it’s own way, the RDA becomes a savior to humanity, bringing a much needed solution to an ever increasing problem. Man once again, through its tenacity and power of sheer will, brings itself from the brink of collapse and gains yet another step forward in its push of greatness.
Almost as a great of discovery as the unobtanium is that life has been found on a celestial body other than Earth; once and for all laying to rest that we are not alone in the Universe. A lush moon, a hostile moon, full of various life, its own eco-system, and humanoid life forms, the Na’vi. One can imagine that initial meeting between the two races is that of awe. Yet as time goes on, it’s becomes very apparent to both what the mission of the other is to do. The RDA, representing Humanity’s push into the stars, is here to mine the invaluable material of Unobtanium. The Na’vi, the indigenous population, stands to preserve and defend the planet around them. It’s not too far of a leap for one to see both sides beginning to struggle, first diplomatically, then militarily. Both sides begin to attack each other, committing barbaric atrocities on the opposing race. Both sides claim moral high ground, stating their own purpose and justifications. Yet, for both, do the ends justify the means? Is the journey, and the acts partaken along the way, vindicated by the destination?
Over the course of the next few articles I will be breaking down the relationship of both sides of the equation. I will be examining the plight of both races, and the acts that each take hold of to further their goal. Yet, in the end, it will be up to you, the reader, to determine, do the ends really justify the means?