Thanks to Gold_Jacobson for the inspiration!
Cait Sith : “Barret!!”
(He bounces over to Barret.)
Cait Sith: “What was that scratching just now!? As long as Marlene is safe, who cares what else happens, right?”
(Cait Sith slumps.)
Cait Sith: “I been itchin’ to say this to ya fer a while now!”
(He waves his arms madly at Barret.)
Cait Sith: “When ya blew the Midgar No. 1 up, how many folks d’ya think died?”
Barret: “…that was for the life of the planet. Ya gotta expect a few casualties.”
(Cait Sith turns away.)
Cait Sith: “A few? Whaddya mean ‘a few’? What may be a few to y’all is everything to them who died……”
(A pause. He turns back to face Barret, who is still staring out the
Cait Sith: “Protect the planet. Hah! Y’all sure sound good! Ain’t no one that’d go against ya. So ya think ya can do whatever y’all want?”
(Barret spins to face him.)
Barret: “I don’t wanna hear that from no one in Shinra…”
(He turns back to the window. Cait Sith slumps down.)
Cait Sith: “……nuthin’ I can do ’bout that…”
(Cloud turns to face them both.)
Cloud: “Stop it!”
Tifa: “Cait Sith…… Barret, he knows what he did. What we did in Midgar can’t be forgotten no matter what the reason.”
(She walks over to them.)
Tifa: “Right? We haven’t forgotten, right?”
For example, we play as AVALANCHE. We recognize them as the heroes since we know about the destruction Shinra is doing to the planet. AVALANCHE believes Shinra’s actions are harmful and that continued harvest of Mako energy will destroy the world. All life on the Planet returns to the Lifestream. Shinra is draining The Planet away until it becomes incapable of sustaining life.
The Shinra Electric Power Company, also known as Shinra Inc.(神羅カンパニー, Shinra Kanpanī?, lit. Shinra Company) and sometimes spelled Shin-Ra, is a multinational industrial enterprise in the world of Final Fantasy VII. It is primarily a power company, supplying Mako energy and making electricity efficient and easily available. Its reach sees its presence as a mega corporation with significant underhanded influence into societal, infrastructural, and political spheres. Shinra also operates in genetic engineering, space exploration, and projects its power through a military that includes the elite group SOLDIER. Their military power, combined with their commercial monopoly on Mako energy, gives Shinra a measure of control over the world populace.
But what if we lived on the upper plate and benefited from Shinra, would we care so much? Or would we care more about all of our families who died in the terrorist attacks?
Furthermore, AVALANCHE fight to stop the exploitation of the planet. But their methods are to use Materia themselves.
Materia is crystallized Mako. Metaphysically, Materia calls upon the wisdom of the Lifestream to manipulate nature manifesting as the phenomenon of magicfor most Materia, although other Materia enhance the user’s abilities. Unless one is descended from the Cetra, Materia is the only way humans can use magic. When explaining how Materia is created to Zack and Tifa on Mt. Nibel, Sephiroth mentions that he and Professor Hojo debated the nature of Materia. Hojo objected to the term “magic” being applied to powers from Materia, but could offer no better explanation.
Materia comes from the Mako, which is the main source Shinra uses to exploit the planet…
The Lifestream is extracted and processed by the Shinra Electric Power Company to create Mako energy for electricity, and further for condensing it into Materia. Mako may be considered a real-life equivalent for nonrenewable, chemically volatile, and environmentally detrimental energy resources, from oil to nuclear power. In the game it is described as being removed from the Planet by Mako Reactors, used up, and then ceasing to be, having mutagenic properties, its energy being produced in reactors. Mako use is controversial, as its use negatively impacts ecosystems and environmental fertility required for life. It is said that the Mako extraction process would eventually kill the Planet.
But then, if AVALANCHE uses Materia to advance their goals, doesn’t this make them hypocrites in a sense?