Gem Resources and a Brave New World
Warning: long theory post ahead
I have this theory that Homeworld isn’t actually lacking for resources, but they purposefully make lower quality gems as a way to keep their population docile and out of revolution. Gems are told they are not made to the standard of prerevolutionary gems, and that it’s the revolution’s fault. We know status is everything to Homeworld gems. So by depriving gems of their status and telling them it’s the revolution’s fault, the Diamonds can be sure the gems will hate and resent the very idea of revolting again the Diamonds.
Ok so how did I get here?
Peridot was told that dwindling resources are the reason she has no powers. Peridot is only her brain and her knowledge, nothing else. She is physically weak and has to rely on on Homeworld tech just to function. What other newly made gems have we met? The Rubies. We’ve gained the impression that rubies are not smart gems, they’re soldiers, and frankly, their lack of wit is used as comic relief. But when you look at our Ruby, and Eyeball, another pre-revolution Ruby, they aren’t dumb! They’re not smart like Peridot or Pearl, but they are way more conscious and self-actualized than the other Rubies. So for a Ruby, “dwindling resources” means no smarts. The band of new Rubies we met lack the critical thought to understand why they’re fighting, but they fight because that is their purpose. Because Rubies are foot soldiers, and don’t need to be anything else.
All this got me thinking about a Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. In this book, we are introduced to a perfect utopia – aka totally terrifying and creepy Dystopia. Like the gems, humans in the book are created, not born. Status is determined before humans are born, by manipulating them in utero. Alpha status humans are tall, beautiful and intelligent, and get to enjoy all the wonderful things in life. They spend their lives lounging around, going to parties and having orgies. Similar to how Bismuth described that the spires she built were for important philosophers to think in. It seems that high status gems don’t need to work, they have nobel jobs like philosopher, or Sapphire, the fortune telling princess. Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons in the book, have less and less from the moment they’re born. With each class, humans are further disabled, and given jobs and lives that fit their abilities. An Epsilon has hardly any higher functioning, and operates an elevator for their entire life. They will be content there because they are mentally incapable of doing more or imagining more. This is how you keep people happy. Each person is a cog that fits perfectly in the machine and the whole world runs smoothly. Except of course, that isn’t the case. Like Homeworld, it is a perfectly oiled machine without any love or emotion. Without chaos, you lack passion. The world is sad and monochrome. Similarly, from what we’ve heard from Peridot, she only started living when she came to earth. Nobody lived on Homeworld. You had your place and that was your entire purpose. Gems are not made extraneously, they are made to serve. Anyways, It’s a really fucked up book, but also a very important one.
SO, how do you keep a gem out of revolution? You take away theyre ability to do so. Bismuth showed us that the foundation of Rose’s philosophy was that you can be what you want to be. Bismuth could make swords and Pearl could swordfight. Beautiful. The Diamond’s prevent the gems from coming up with these revolutionary ideas by disabling them. A Ruby will not be upset with being a foot soldier if she doesn’t have the cognition to form the thought. A Peridot will not be upset by only being a Kindergardener if she lacks the strength or powers to do anything else. And to top it all off, it isn’t the Diamonds fault that gems are one dimensional. By saying the revolution was the cause of no resources, every gem who wishes they were stronger or smarter or capable of more, has the revolution to blame. Not their evil overlords. It’s genius.