History Main / HumanityIsYoung

11th Jul '17 3:51:48 AM RedScharlach
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So, you're a human, and you've just met a never-before-seen race of extraterrestrials, and chances are you feel [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet quite insignificant]] compared to the hyper-advanced culture in front of you. Often, the species will appear YoungerThanTheyLook, in order to make the surroundings feel more comfortable. The being will then kneel down in front in you and say, in a gentle, soothing voice something to the effect of "You humans are so young, yet in your short lifetime you have accompanied so much." In other cases, when confronted with multiple races, one group, usually a FiveManBand, will be willing to accept the human, while the rest of the race dish out doses of FantasticRacism. Contrast EarthIsYoung, where the planet, not the species has been in existence for a short time, and WeAreAsMayflies, which is about humans being young as individuals.

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So, you're a human, and you've just met a never-before-seen race of extraterrestrials, and chances are you feel [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet quite insignificant]] compared to the hyper-advanced culture in front of you. Often, the species will appear YoungerThanTheyLook, in order to make the surroundings feel more comfortable. The being will then kneel down in front in you and say, in a gentle, soothing voice something to the effect of "You humans are so young, yet in your short lifetime you have accompanied accomplished so much." In other cases, when confronted with multiple races, one group, usually a FiveManBand, will be willing to accept the human, while the rest of the race dish out doses of FantasticRacism. Contrast EarthIsYoung, where the planet, not the species has been in existence for a short time, and WeAreAsMayflies, which is about humans being young as individuals.



This can also occur in fantasy genre when there are multiple races as well. As opposed to {{Humans are Average}} humans will be the youngest race in terms of individual life span or time on the planet. Starting with the elves present in Lord of the Rings almost any fantasy book that incorperates elves or some elf equivilant has humans in contrast being a young species.

This may exist because humans in Real Life have existed for a small fraction of the evolutionary, geologic, and cosmic timescales. Having humans be young gives an author the ability to point out human flaws in relation to an old race.

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This can also occur in the fantasy genre when there are multiple races as well.races. As opposed to {{Humans are Average}} humans will be the youngest race in terms of individual life span or time on the planet. Starting with the elves present in Lord of the Rings Rings, almost any fantasy book that incorperates incorporates elves or some elf equivilant equivalent has humans in contrast being a young species.

This may exist because humans in Real Life have existed for a small fraction of the evolutionary, geologic, and cosmic timescales. Having humans be young gives an author the ability to point out human flaws in relation to an old a much older race.



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', humans are relatively new to interstellar travel: The first other race they met was the Centauri (who were, from the interstellar perspective, the ones who discovered them), and the Minbari have reportedly been a spacefaring race for millenia.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', humans are relatively new to interstellar travel: The first other race they met was the Centauri (who were, from the interstellar perspective, the ones who discovered them), and the Minbari have reportedly been a spacefaring race for millenia.millennia.



** Ask the other "older" races, particularly the Batarians, and they may instead say HumansAreTheRealMonsters

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** Ask the other "older" races, particularly the Batarians, and they may instead say HumansAreTheRealMonstersHumansAreTheRealMonsters.



* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', humanity has been a part of galactic civilization for a millennium. That civilization is around 20,000 years old, and there are a handful of species with roots that go back for ''thousands'' of millenia

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', humanity has been a part of galactic civilization for a millennium. That civilization is around 20,000 years old, and there are a handful of species with roots that go back for ''thousands'' of milleniamillennia.



* In Creator/AndreNorton's SF universe, not only are there species with recorded histories many times humanity's entire existence, these species have no records of the Forerunner civilizations that flourished before it.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's SF universe, not only are there species with recorded histories many times humanity's entire existence, these species have no records of the Forerunner civilizations that flourished before it.them.
6th May '17 5:29:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''TransformersFilmSeries'', this is the sole reason why Optimus Prime must protect the humans, and why Megatron must destroy them.

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* In the ''TransformersFilmSeries'', ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'', this is the sole reason why Optimus Prime must protect the humans, and why Megatron must destroy them.
31st Mar '17 3:20:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''OrionsArm'' Terragen life (not just humans) has only been space-faring for 10,600 years or so. Of the Xenosophont races that have been contacted the Silent Ones have been at their present state for at least 150,000 while Muuh civilization is millions of years old. On the other hand we did bootstrap a number of less advanced races such as the To'ul'h.

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* In ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Terragen life (not just humans) has only been space-faring for 10,600 years or so. Of the Xenosophont races that have been contacted the Silent Ones have been at their present state for at least 150,000 while Muuh civilization is millions of years old. On the other hand we did bootstrap a number of less advanced races such as the To'ul'h.
24th Mar '17 5:43:02 PM yarrunmace
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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' humanity has been a part of galactic civilization for a millennium, that civilization is around 20,000 years old. And the Gatekeepers whose PortalNetwork built that civilization have been at it for 100,000, some individual Gatekeepers have been around since before humans had agriculture, and their roots go back six million years or so.

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', humanity has been a part of galactic civilization for a millennium, that millennium. That civilization is around 20,000 years old. And the Gatekeepers whose PortalNetwork built that civilization have been at it for 100,000, some individual Gatekeepers have been around since before humans had agriculture, old, and their there are a handful of species with roots that go back six million years or so.for ''thousands'' of millenia
6th Mar '17 2:47:08 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Mostly played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', though on somewhat greater timescales than is usual. The Imperium of Man may well be ten thousand years old, and humanity may well have had interstellar travel for the last 37,000 years, yet the Eldar, Orks and Necrons are many times older still. However, the situation is reversed with the Tau, who were primitive hunter-gatherers just 6,000 years ago, in fact they would have been wiped out by the Imperium if a freak warp storm hadn't destroyed the colonization fleet. Culturally the Tau embody a kind of naive youthful optimism - their society is bright, hopeful, scientifically-minded and technologically advanced, compared to the stagnant, superstitious and highly xenophobic Imperium of Man that dominates the galaxy.

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* Mostly played straight in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', though on somewhat greater timescales than is usual. The Imperium of Man may well be ten thousand years old, and humanity may well have had interstellar travel for the last 37,000 years, yet the Eldar, Orks and Necrons are many times older still. However, the situation is reversed with the Tau, who were primitive hunter-gatherers just 6,000 years ago, in fact they would have been wiped out by the Imperium if a freak warp storm hadn't destroyed the colonization fleet. Culturally the Tau embody a kind of naive youthful optimism - their society is bright, hopeful, scientifically-minded and technologically advanced, compared to the stagnant, superstitious and highly xenophobic Imperium of Man that dominates the galaxy. It's also played with in that humanity is in ''serious'' decline; the modern tech is obviously below the Eldar and Necrons, but the few times we've seen technology from humanity's height at full power it utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] them.
6th Mar '17 2:40:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** As are the Vulcans, but with FantasticRacism that declines from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.

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** As are the Vulcans, but with FantasticRacism that declines from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' to ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Even in Deep Space Nine, at least [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E04TakeMeOutToTheHolosuite one Vulcan captain]] apparently built his entire academic career out of this (and taunting Sisko in particular).
7th Feb '16 2:31:15 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Everyone else, meanwhile, sees Earth as InsignificantBluePlanet that is barely civilised at best and too much trouble for its own good, and a manifestation of Asgardian eccentricity. Others who get a closer look at Earth, however, like Mar-Vell and the late Jor-El, saw a certain something in humanity.
4th Jan '16 6:34:44 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's SF universe, not only are there species with recorded histories many times humanity's entire existence, these species have no records of the Forerunner civilizations that flourished before it.
20th Dec '15 4:45:50 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/{{Silmarillion}}'' humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.

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* In ''Literature/{{Silmarillion}}'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' humans are made last by the Valar. First Iluvatar made the Valar (demigods), one of which made the dwarves before Iluvatar had planed to awaken the elves, so Iluvatar told the Valar to keep the Dwarves in hibernation until he had released the Elves. Only once those two races had existed for a long time did Iluvatar finally create or awaken men. They have the least life-span of any race of middle earth (hobbits and dwarves make it to the hundreds, Elves on forever) and are seen to be coming into their own only in the third age.
8th Jul '15 1:45:13 AM DarkHunter
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* Occasionally brought up in the ''StargateVerse'', when humanity meets the Nox and the Asgard, two of the Four Races that were the most advanced civilizations in the local galactic group. The Nox are rather patronizing and condescending about it, while the Asgard see potential in humanity and are willing to help the species along in its development, saying that one day, human civilization could stand among the Four as equals... as a Fifth Race.
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