In another thread; "Isn't it nice" I brought up BSG actors turning up in other roles. Eddie Olamos was brought up in the movie; Blade-Runner. This brought up a different idea.
In this movie; Blade-Runner, perfect humans are manufactured for slave-work. I wondered how far you can go with technology before you recognize the inhumanity of your intentions?
Let's say for instance, if you cloned a human, I think there would be an almost universal condemnation if your intent was to clone them to become slaves (aside from the seemingly universal condemnation of even making human-clones in the first place). How could anyone by todays standard make a being, perfect to the cellular level, knowing it has memories, knowledge, feelings, sentience and expect to throw that being into slavery with no moral conflicts?
Yes, we use to do that with the real thing, and in fact it still exists today but those are in places that don't exactly recognize any forms of human rights. (Not exactly countries I'd want to live in being aquainted with ours for so long)
I guess in the case of the colonies, they really didn't create perfect beings. They were in fact machines who were given thoughts and intelligence. Sort of dancing on the edge of sentience for your own benefit.
In the past though, slaves were thought of as inferior people. Something easy to exploit and rationalize as being "better off" as you're providing a living for them
In the case of the Skin jobs in both Blade Runner and BSG, they were superior to humans. Could anyone be so monumentally stupid to make Homo-superior and expect them to submit to slavery?
It just seemed far-fetched to me.