Suppose the Synthetic Alliance is (roughly) what we're told it is.
If the dozens/hundreds of Coppelians are willing to sacrifice literally billions of organics for their own survival, wouldn't that fail any logical and ethical test that a Union of Rational and Nearly (or Theoretically) Immortal, but Still Developing, Beings should devise? Presumably, the Association's own existence is not at threat, so we can exclude existential panic.
Perhaps, just perhaps, the Association, recognizing that Organic races would build their own highest ideals of function into their Synths, recognize that Synthetic life would likely pose a PHYSICAL threat to its creators long before it meets, much less exceeds, the best of its progenitor's ethics, empathy, or other cultural traits -- which would not be uniform or universal: IDIC, anyone?
The species I know rarely get everything right on the first draft -- or whatever draft is a first actually functional/working prototype.
I'd like to believe that a Synth Alliance would arrive and think "What a mess these Organics are! But if you'd kill bilions of them, to save hundreds of you, you're not even at their level. See you at your next iteration (or ten)". They wouldn't have to destroy the Organics (or the Coppelians), just "educate" the originating organics about the potential of autonomous synths, and perhaps offer some guidance on safely developing them.
Then again, as a parent I'm obviously too emotional/irrational to grasp the guidance/development of surprisingly novel variants of my lifeform/culture. How do my fellow parents feel about my theory?
Edited to add: Since Cardie beat me to the proper origin of "Capellius" (In an earlier thread, I'd cited (in spoilers) the ballet, which I knew was based on a German work, but despite my love of German literature, I didn't look it up and read it), the title of this episode refers to :"Et in Arcadia ego" ("and [even] in Arcadia, I [am]". Arcadia is generally taken to be an idyllic utopia" and "I" s generally taken to mean Death
Edited by Orpheus, 20 March 2020 - 11:44 PM.
: Added Title reference