An awkward event
A truly awkward event in to novel Dawn was when Jdahya performed the Onokali mating ritual on both Lilith and Joseph for the first time.
It was Joseph’s second time of ever seeing the alien creature. Jdahya presented itself to Joseph so he could get use to Jdahya’s grotesque appearance. At this point Jdahya’s goal was to get Joseph to trust it enough to change and improve his body chemistry. In order to do so, Jdahya had to drug him which made him semi-unconscious.
During Joseph’s semi-unconscious state, for some odd reason Jdahya thought it was okay to perform the trio mating ritual with Lilith and Joseph without Joseph’s consent. Lilith was okay with it since she had already performed this alone with Jdahya, but imagine the awkwardness Joseph must of felt when Jdahya’s sexual organs penetrated his skin. First of all this mating ritual involves 3 sexes instead of the usual human 2. Second, the emotional feelings Joseph was receiving were unnatural to humans. Third, this is Joseph’s second time of ever seeing the alien. He doesn’t even know Jdahya well enough to even consider this ritual as a possibility. In a way it seemed almost as it were rape from my perspective.
The comparison of how aliens treat humans vs. how humans treat animals
In the novel Dawn, alien Jdahya has been helping Lilith recover from what seems to be a nuclear war on earth. He has brought her among his ship and has been trying its best efforts to encourage her wellbeing. At first Lilith was trapped in a white boxed room without windows similar to a cage in which we would keep an animal. Jdahya along with other of his kind observed her intensely without Lilith even knowing that she was captured by aliens. The aliens did not tell her where she was because they knew that Lilith would be overwhelmed. Lilith was suffering in her caged box for two “awakened” years. Loneliness cause insanity and depression and the aliens were well of that. They wanted to wait for the right moment to introduce themselves. When Jdahya finally introduced himself and told her everything, Lilith became furious at the fact that no one told her anything about why she was in her box. Jdahya countered her a aggression with the simple term, “It was for your own good.” Similarly, that is what we do to animals. Being that we are more intelligent than animals, we do things to them that they don’t understand that may harm them now but will help them in the long-run. For example, giving a dog a shot for rabies. The dog is unwilling to take the shot but we forcefully give it to it because it’s for his own good. Lilith was fed regularly with plain tasting, colorless, yet nutritional food. Lilith detested it and wish she had something better tasting. Again this food was given to increase her health. We do the same to our pets. I’m sure that our pets hate eating the same repetitive foods over and over again but, we feed it to them because it increases there overall health. In conclusion, the aliens are treating the humans as animal. They are observing and experimenting with them.