Lifestream Destroys Meteor

Conclusion: Final Fantasy VII's Relation to the Real World

Many themes and plotlines from Final Fantasy VII can be applied to the real world. The overt reliance on Mako energy, something that makes life easier, but destroys the very planet itself, can be likened to fossil fuels, which create energy and make life easier, but do cause pollution, and damage the environment in their extraction. The Fort Condor side quest argues for the protection of biodiversity. Nanaki and Bugenhagen's dialogue is telling people not to lose hope in protecting the environment, no matter how unlikely it is that it will be alright. Nanaki's experimentation at the hands of Hojo also advocates against animal testing. The Shinra Electric Power Corporation warns humanity of the dangers of unregulated capitalism, and what it could do to the environment, and free speech, and the poverty it can create. The actions AVALANCHE took to combat this advocates for ecoterrorism, but a form of it that only targets people who are directly guilty of destroying the environment. As previously stated, AVALANCHE later stopped Mako reactor bombings because of the lives lost of innocent people, and turned to other means, such as killing the leaders of the enemy itself. Aeris's sacrifice advocates for bravery, even in the face of a powerful, anti-environmentalist enemy like Sephiroth that could kill a just person. The whole Lifestream religion has similarities with James Lovelock's Gaia Theory, which sees the earth as one being that is an organism in its own right, and all its life and ecosystems are interconnected (source: In the same way, the Lifestream in Final Fantasy VII referred to as "The Blood of the Planet", and is the source of all life on the planet.


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