Oankali had evolved from acquisitive life, collecting and combining with other life. To kill was not simply wasteful to the Oankali. It was as unacceptable as slicing off their own healthy limbs" (Butler, 2002). This statement truly goes to refer to a number of different matters, and namely it refers to that of how hierarchical life is often looked up upon and as being significantly more important than any other, and the way in which it is looked up to in this story tells precisely of this, as they are respected and the other life forms are not even remotely as much as they are. The differences between hierarchical lives in this story as compared to the real world are in fact even more dramatic, as it is thought here that humans had all evolved from hierarchical life.
As well, the statement of how "It was as unacceptable as slicing off their own healthy limbs" goes to show just how valuable life was in general to the Oankalis, and in particular in context to the Imago story in the book, it shows how different the Oankalis were from humans, as rather than dominating and killing other life they appreciated and lived by the complete opposite, as they had truly evolved from nothing more than acquisitive life, as they had always been known for the collecting and combining with other life; each life is incredibly valuable to them, particularly in the situation that they are presently ...Show more