the zoo

omfg!

Are the Amethysts seriously trying to provide emotional support? This is so not what they were designed… for…

You ever say (or type) something out loud, and it triggers a sudden inspiration? Yeah, I know. Usually that only happens in the movies (or on any given episode of House) but here we are.

“When a gem is made, it’s for a reason.”

“They burst out of the ground already knowing what they’re supposed to be.” 

“And then that’s what they are.”

“Forever.”

Rose was made to take care of humans.

Rose rebelled to protect humanity.

This makes entirely too much sense.

OKAY BUT CAN WE ALL JUST STOP SCROLLING FOR A SEC AND APPRECIATE THIS LITTLE JASPER?

I MEAN LOOK AT HER SHE’S JUST SO CUTE???

PLZ JUST LOOK AT HER 

I love her

I hope she comes back someday

Babe,,,,

yes, i think the zoo logic works as a metaphor for homeworld. steven is kind of the “rose” of the episode - the first one to question “but what if i don’t want to listen to the voices?”.

Originally posted by centipeetle-dee

of course, nobody gets him. the voices provide for us! they do everything to make us happy, as long as we listen! you should want to listen to the voices!

but that doesn’t work when what you want isn’t what the voices want. the voices are trying, yes, but people are not the same. not every gem wants to fulfill their purpose, unlike what the diamonds might think.

and that’s good! that ties into a huge theme of the whole show: safety and consistency vs change and freedom. 

having one, defined purpose can be reassuring for some - as long as you do that, you’re gonna be safe. nothing will ever change, others will provide for you and you’ll always know what you’re supposed to do. nothing will ever hurt or be scary. everything is safe and predictable.

Originally posted by doafhat

others don’t want that. they want to take risks and see what else life has to offer. abandoning your “purpose” means cutting ties with that safety net, and in the crystal gems’ case, you might even have to fight for freedom. 

this will scare the old society - what if others follow suit, and the whole system falls apart because nobody will follow orders or do their job? 

suddenly, you have a gem war on your hands.