Utility

A cultivated mind - I do not mean that of a philosopher, but any mind to which the fountains of knowledge have been opened, and which has been taught, in any tolerable degree, to exercise its faculties - finds sources of inexhaustible interest in all that surrounds it; in the objects of nature, the achievements of art, the imaginations of poetry, the incidents of history, the ways of mankind, past and present, and their prospects in the future.
—  J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism

anonymous asked:

Do Gems, as a general rule, like to sing and dance? Is it not seen as potentially embarrassing in Gem culture to randomly start singing or humming?

I don’t think so at all! (In repose to the the “embarrassing to sing” question)

In an older post, I likened gem’s singing to Disney singing. No one seems to skip a beat (in the entire show) when a character sings instead of speaks. I think this is true not only of gems but also of human beings in the SU universe.

Characters in-show seem to sing when very personal things demand to be said, but there aren’t exactly words for them (again, as Disney characters do). Additionally, we have at least one gem class, Pearls, whose expected function is performance and accompaniment. Singing seems to weave itself seamlessly with other forms of expression and communication. 

Where Peridot isn’t certain what “music” is, I think we have room then to talk about the differences between the two civilisations. I don’t think gems have a strict separation between music and speech. We’ve seen that sound, vibrations, and melodies play a big role in gem abilities and technology, dating back as far as the Wailing Stone, and now the Destabilisers.

In fact, music is such an ingrained part of gem society that it might be tied to the concept of utility and function, two important values on Homeworld. Communication, I’d say, is a vital function.

But music just because, music without reason, that was the context of Steven’s song “Peace and Love” in It Could’ve Been Great. At first, Steven was fiddling around with his ukulele. Peridot picked up on the Earth scales immediately (which is a feat, because different civilisations tend to have different numbers of and varying tones) and was able to sing along. The song isn’t a foreign concept as much as it was in a foreign setting.

So to answer the main question, do gems like to sing and dance, I would say yes. But do they like to sing and dance in the same contexts human beings do, I’d say, probably not.

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