Warhammer 40ks Philosophical Origins: A Lesson for Humanity.

“Excess in all things is the undoing of man” said the 3rd century BC philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle believed that the root of mankind’s problems was excess in all things. Whether it’s excess in eating, exercise, sex, reading, leisure time and every other aspect of the human experience, Aristotle believed that too much of any one of these will undo us all. This article will explain how Warhammer 40k is built upon this principle.

 

This is when we come to the 41st millennium and what a tragic tale it is. To cut a very long story short, The Emperor of Mankind created the space marines (the ultimate genetically modified warrior) and then sought to conquer the galaxy, in this he was almost entirely successful. The space marines were unchallenged, destroying all manner of xenos and human empires alike. His mission was to bring reason and secularism to the galaxy and to reunite humanity, there is a picture of the Emperor below leading his warriors to conquer the galaxy.

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This is when we come to the 41st millennium and what a tragic tale it is. To cut a very long story short, The Emperor of Mankind created the space marines (the ultimate genetically modified warrior) and then sought to conquer the galaxy, in this he was almost entirely successful. The space marines were unchallenged, destroying all manner of xenos and human empires alike. His mission was to bring reason and secularism to the galaxy and to reunite humanity.

However, on the cusp of achieving his ultimate dream the Emperor withdrew to Terra (Latin name for earth a planet based on earth) to fight an unknown battle with an unknown foe. Little did the space marines and their leaders (these are called Primarchs) know the Emperor was fighting with terrifying daemons called the “primordial annihilators” or Chaos which have existed since the birth of the galaxy.

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These daemons represent the very essence of every emotion that every being has ever felt. Anger (Khorne) pain (Slannesh) curiosity (Tzeentch) and decay(nurgle). These are the four main chaos gods, in the story they feed on the worst aspect of every being’s emotions, humanity sustains these forces of pure excess and misery and they manifest themselves in daemon form).

These chaos gods had spent thousands of years plotting the downfall of humanity, looking to destroy the Imperium and to plunge it into chaos. Their plans were a success, they persuaded Horus (the Primarch of the Luna wolves and war master of the Emperor’s legions) to betray the emperor, turning space marine against fellow space marine and condemning the galaxy to eternal war.

During this huge galactic civil war, the emperor was severely wounded and placed on top of a golden thrown (a giant life support machine that also preventing daemons from attack Terra). Humanity descended into worship of the emperor as the one true god, the imperial creed is the only acceptable religion in the Imperium. All those who wish to believe otherwise are branded as heretics and killed.

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The story of Warhammer 40k has many different metaphors which reflect the very worst and best of humanity. The Emperor had a noble goal to bringing reason and science to the galaxy, seeing his mission as liberating these worlds. But those who were conquered did not always see it this way, like with the Roman Empire, many civilisations resisted and fought against the imperial truth (reason and science). Ultimately, the Imperium was torn apart by the chaos gods which embody excess and they fed on the extreme emotions of the space marines and humanity. The Emperor’s goal was excess, humanity could not be united, as every civilisation had a different view of what is good and what is not. The extreme imposition of the imperial creed led to a catastrophic series of events that led to humanities undoing.

This is when I come to the current story line built up around Warhammer 40k (the year 40,000). The emperor is worshipped as a god and humanity is consumed by a strict adherence to the imperial creed once more. Humanity has no way to moderate its behaviour as excess is the norm. Chaos also runs rampant across the galaxy, feeding off human emotions and creating mayhem and slaughter wherever they appear.

While we can acknowledge that real daemons of nightmares are probably not real. The very real daemons that exist within humanities soul which are a product of excess, will certainly be our undoing if left unchecked. The internet, which has brought about such wonders is also a place where these dark emotions are expressed unchecked. Hate crimes are on the right and abuse online is the norm. We live in a society dominated by the consumption of pleasure, where we expect every desire to be fulfilled, whether online or in real life.

The story of the 41st millennium tells us that a dark path maybe ahead if we allow excess to drive our every decision, moderation is the key to a good life. As history tells us (Holocaust, the crusades, empire etc) excess leads to untold destruction and misery. This is portrayed in this fictional universe with very vivid imagery. I believe there are lessons to be learnt here, humanity will continue a destructive path if it’s worst excesses are not moderated.

However, on the cusp of achieving his ultimate dream the Emperor withdrew to Terra (Latin name for earth a planet based on earth) to fight an unknown battle with an unknown foe. Little did the space marines and their leaders (these are called Primarchs) know the Emperor was fighting with terrifying daemons called the “primordial annihilators” which have existed since the birth of the galaxy.

These chaos gods had spent thousands of years plotting the downfall of humanity, looking to destroy the Imperium and to plunge it into chaos. Their plans were a success, they persuaded Horus (the Primarch of the Luna wolves and war master of the Emperor’s legions) to betray the emperor, turning space marine against fellow space marine and condemning the galaxy to eternal war.

During this huge galactic civil war, the emperor was severely wounded and placed on top of a golden thrown (a giant life support machine that also preventing daemons from attack Terra). Humanity descended into worship of the emperor as the one true god, the imperial creed is the only acceptable religion in the Imperium. All those who wish to believe otherwise are branded as heretics and killed.

The story of Warhammer 40k has many different metaphors which reflect the very worst and best of humanity. The Emperor had a noble goal to bringing reason and science to the galaxy, seeing his mission as liberating these worlds. But those who were conquered did not always see it this way, like with the Roman Empire, many civilisations resisted and fought against the imperial truth (reason and science). Ultimately, the Imperium was torn apart by the chaos gods which embody excess and they fed on the extreme emotions of the space marines and humanity. Ultimately, the Emperor’s goal was excess, humanity could not be united, as every civilisation had a different view of what is good and what is not. The extreme imposition of the imperial creed led to a catastrophic series of events that led to humanities undoing.

This is when I come to the current story line built up around Warhammer 40k (the year 40,000). The emperor is worshipped as a god and humanity is consumed by a strict adherence to the imperial creed once more. Humanity has no way to moderate its behaviour as excess is the norm. Chaos also runs rampant across the galaxy, feeding off human emotions and creating mayhem and slaughter wherever they appear.

While we can acknowledge that real daemons of nightmares are probably not real. The very real daemons that exist within humanities soul which are a product of excess, will certainly be our undoing if left unchecked. The internet, which has brought about such wonders is also a place where these dark emotions are expressed unchecked. Hate crimes are on the right and abuse online is the norm. We live in a society dominated by the consumption of pleasure, where we expect every desire to be fulfilled, whether online or in real life.

The story of the 41st millennium tells us that a dark path maybe ahead if we allow excess to drive our every decision, moderation is the key to a good life. As history tells us (Holocaust, the crusades, empire etc) excess leads to untold destruction and misery. This is portrayed in this fictional universe with very vivid imagery, in the 41st millennium is is only darkness, there are no good guys or bad guys only eternal war and miery. I believe there are lessons to be learnt here, humanity will continue a destructive path if it’s worst excesses are not moderated.

 

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