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Now, I'm a little confused. Since Tau make the Greater Good top priority, do they do anything for recreation at all. Any culture, art, literature? Do they have any form of entertainment?
well they deffinatly have some sort of TV/News net/Propaganda nework as there is a pice of fluff about a Camera man and reporter, look on the GW website under tau.
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I don't think it's ever stated.. I write a lot of Tau stories though, and I've always assumed they have educational passtimes and games to play in their spare time. I can't see Tau having any kind of 'useless' time, or getting drunk, or anything, but they must have a degree of recreational time to spend constructively.
Example.. I can imagine a Fire Caste soldier playing tactical or combat simulations in his spare time, or perhaps taking part in competitive physical games with other Tau. Air caste Tau might have flight simulators or games which train multitasking and coordination. Water caste might play complex mathematical games, or have rhetorical debating societies, or some such thing.
And as Azriel says, they do have a media as well.. It broadcasts propaganda from the front, and I'd guess screens things like important Ethereal speeches and things. I doubt they have many sitcoms or anything though.
Basically, everything in Tau culture has to have a function.. I'd imagine that extends to recreation as well.
I always imagined them to be like Space Marines. Aka every hour of their waking day is filled with some form of practice or religious training.
A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick; a youth with his first girl makes other people sick. - Mary Wilson Little
I see the greater good as akin of Communism, and growing up in the 80's i was raised to believe communists did nothing for fun. So it's a stigma that lasts I guess.
Seriously though, communism never got rid of art, literature, sport, entertainment, the media etc, it simply mandated that those things serve a purpose. Culture or recreation which serves no purpose would have been considered decadent.. A person can't continue to function without recreation or room for relaxation, and if a person can have fun and do something useful at the same time, it serves a double purpose.
And Tau aren't really communist.. It's a planned, collectivist economy but there's no idea of a proletariat, for example, and there's not really a sense of a party or state. It's more a theocracy (or technocracy, depending on how you look at things) than communism, I'd say, in the sense that the 'religious' leaders have all the power. It's simply organized around a planned and collectivist system.