Rose : Although there are people suffering in poverty, huge donations are made to protect endangered species. Everyone grows up being told the same thing.
Colonel : "Be nice to other people."
Rose : "But beat out the competition!"
Colonel : "You're special." "Believe in yourself and you will succeed."
Rose : But it's obvious from the start that only a few can succeed...
Colonel : You exercise your right to "freedom" and this is the result. All
rhetoric to avoid conflict and protect each other from hurt. The untested truths spun by different interests continue to churn and accumulate in the sandbox of political correctness and value systems.
Rose : Everyone withdraws into their own small gated community, afraid of a larger forum. They stay inside their little ponds, leaking whatever "truth" suits them into the growing cesspool of society at large.
Colonel : The different cardinal truths neither clash nor mesh. No one is invalidated, but nobody is right.
Rose : Not even natural selection can take place here. The world is being engulfed in "truth."
Colonel : And this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Rose : We're trying to stop that from happening.
Colonel : It's our responsibility as rulers. Just as in genetics, unnecessary information and memory must be filtered out to stimulate the evolution of the species.
Raiden : And you think you're qualified to decide what's necessary and not?
Colonel : Absolutely. Who else could wade through the sea of garbage you people produce, retrieve valuable truths and even interpret their meaning for later generations?
Rose : That's what it means to create context.
Raiden : I'll decide for myself what to believe and what to pass on!
Colonel : But is that even your own idea?
Rose : Or something Snake told you?
Colonel : That's the proof of your incompetence, right there. You lack the qualifications to exercise free will.
Raiden : That's not true! I have the right --
Rose : Does something like a "self" exist inside of you?
Colonel : That which you call "self" serves as nothing more than a mask to cover your own being.
Rose : In this era of ready-made 'truths', "self" is just something used
to preserve those positive emotions that you occasionally feel...
Colonel : Another possibility is that "self" is a concept you conveniently
borrowed under the logic that it would endow you with some sense
Raiden : That's crap!
Colonel : Is it? Would you prefer that someone else tell you? Alright then. Explain it to him.
Rose : Jack, you're simply the best! And you got there all by yourself!
Raiden : Grrr...
Colonel : Oh, what happened? Do you feel lost? Why not try a bit of
Rose : Don't think you'll find anything, though...
Colonel : Ironic that although "self" is something that you yourself fashioned, every time something goes wrong, you turn around and place the blame on something else.
Rose : "It's not my fault. It's not your fault."
Colonel : In denial, you simply resort to looking for another, more convenient "truth" in order to make yourself feel better.
Rose : Leaving behind in an instant the so-called "truth" you once embraced.
Colonel : Should someone like that be able to decide what is "truth"?
Rose : Should someone like you even have the right to decide?
Colonel : You've done nothing but abuse your freedom.