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Commentary might be closer to the mark.
To set this up I need to share that for quite some time I have been convinced that, in general, the males of our species function emotionally and that the females of our species function intellectually.
Not that we necessarily behave that way...
As with most things human, ‘pigeon holes’ and binary solution sets are not practical or effective descriptors. For that matter, words are terribly poor tools - yet they are all we have. So I want you to think of this as a model or a map, not the truth, nor the land represented by the map.
Another of my favorite authors roughly divides human politics into ‘Hamiltonian’ and ‘Jacksonian’ functional groups. The folks who represent the majority of our volunteer armed forces are most likely good examples of the ‘Jacksonian’ camp.
I was trying to illustrate the foundation of human decision making - choosing - to my nieces and nephews; It seems to me that electing a preference was initially guided by emotional inclination to move towards or away from differences in temperature or climate, variances in available light, personal comfort with various available peer groups, which source of calories to eat (when there was an option), stand and fight - bluff - or run.
Different choices worked differently for different individuals. The best adapted reproduced more often and inclinations were inherited.
Senses and nervous systems gained sophistication and ever greater abilities to discriminate between variables. Decision processes advanced - self awareness and conscious identity began to complicate the simple inclination based decision process of choosing - and what we might call ‘mind’ came into being along with a more complex brain.
The people who find it most comfortable to fight to the death for principals and ideals are most likely doing so in part because of an emotional predilection.
Much as healthy parents will instantly and without thought fight to the death for their child.
Much as women will choose to mate with males who do not smell like the men they are related to.
Much as, it would seem, citizens choose up sides to the ‘left’ or the ‘right’ of and issue - from an deeply emotional basis.
Relevance to this series of books?
The author has glossed over the ‘science fiction’ component of the work and has devoted his efforts into illuminating the feelings of his characters - to the point of including alien species with contrasting levels of emotional bias.
I am pretty sure that the fans of this authors work get lumps in their throats - as I did - reading these stories.
These are ‘schmalzy’ emotional rollercoaster rides disguised as military space opera.
And I Raced Through Them - one a day!