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Innocence Lost
This stirring object reminds me of a dream I once had. When I was a child, the twinkling stars held so much promise and mystery.
They held so much promise and mystery...but they don't anymore? This exemplifies a mental transformation that every human being goes through as they mature. As children, we were ignorant, as far as factual information is concerned. We looked at the stars and imagined how magical they were... all the mystery that was behind them...

Yet as we grew older and information started trickling in thanks to an education, our perception changed. We now look up at the stars and think nothing but how they are merely massive gaseous bodies that generate nuclear fusion in order to emit light.

Where's the magic, the mystery, the adventure in that?

As children, we were pure dreamers. As maturity kicked in, it transformed us more into realists, and we stopped seeing things the way we used to.

Think back and remember the starry skies of your youth...
Innocence... Every being once possessed it, but lost it over time. This star is the shape of that previous memory. All major credit cards accepted.
Further adding to the concept of dreamers turning into realists, the ship adds a curious touch to its sales pitch with its hypocritical mention of the credit card. Not only does becoming more of realists affect our way of thinking about the supernatural, magical aspects of life, it affects our way of thinking about everything that's down-to-earth as well.

As children, we didn't care about money. We didn't care about politics. The world was a playground, and rarely did we see any hint of least not when compared to the amount of things we now see as adults. We didn't need to worry about the superficial things in life. Things like money were never an issue, and thus a certain greed for it didn't exist.

In that regard, our innocence was further taken away from us as we matured.

Temporal Mechanism
Believe! Believe in the future, in dreams, in unknown wonders, like this broken time machine part. This does not work, so there is no way to confirm its abilities, but surely your heart believes.
This entry is directly related to the previous one. It is merely yet another example of dreamers versus realists. What's different about this one is that it shows that it still is possible to be a dreamer, even as adults. Although we become a lot more realistic than we were as children, it's still very possible to ponder the unknown.

Pikmin 2's characters and treasures as a whole, in fact, is based on that one concept. Olimar is a dreamer. What we see as simple, everyday objects are seen by Olimar as things that are complex and out-of-this-world. In contrast, the ship pretends to be a dreamer, but it is a machine that has but one mission when it comes to treasure: to sell. It will stop at nothing to sell an item, even if it has to lie about it. It's greedy, and even though words of wisdom come out of it every so often, its main purpose never changes. It has no innocence and never had the opportunity to become a dreamer like we humans did.

So what are you? Are you a dreamer? Do you believe that the broken time machine part still has the ability to do something useful? Or are you a realist and see it as nothing but a dead, useless piece of metal, because after all, that's what it is, as far as facts are concerned?

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