My intent in pointing that out isn’t to say Seers aren’t passive or can’t be passive, but instead to argue that you need to judge anything Hussie says in those chats against the text itself, particularly when he uses language like this.
(Gah, can’t put a read-more in a reblog. T_T)
That’s fair enough, but I think that the text supports this read of Seer quite solidly anyway.
Doc “Never Tells a Lie” Scratch talked at length about what a good Seer does (I believe I linked to it in one of my reblogs of deliverusfromsburb, but considering how extensive and confusing this discussion is here’s a second link here), and he definitely painted a very passive picture— especially when compared to Calliope’s “starting point” for the terms active and passive.
There’s also bits and bobs of what Seers have done on their own: I recently discovered this lovely little moment, which seems to reinforce the Seer = passive thing. (Also, I believe that Aradia says something to the effect of “you need an exceptional Seer” either before or after the quoted part, which is nice too.)
Oh, and while I’m reblogging one of your posts: about Mages.
I’m still very unconvinced that knowing things is at all critical to the character arcs of Mages— but, assuming that it is, I still don’t think that it would be appropriate to pair with Seer.
Seers are emphatically not just learners; they’re teachers, too, and I think that teaching is more critical to them than learning (The way that Seers gather information almost always involves inviting things to explain or reveal* things to them, just like how Rose recently asked John to help fill her in about stuff). My bet is that the active counterpart to Seer is a teacher/guide as well— sort of like how Bards and Princes are both destroyer classes, or Lord and Muse are the master classes, or Rogue and Thief are both roughly “one who steals.”
Mage… doesn’t seem to fit the bill there? Sollux, quite frankly, is an abject failure when it comes to conveying information (look at how his prophecy turned out), and Meulin is in much the same boat.
I also think that you’re overestimating just how much Meulin understands matters of the heart— that whole “Meulin simply possessed knowledge… by virtue of being who she was” sounds contrived when we all know that a) time works weird in the Furthest Ring and b) she purresumably had thousands upon thousands of years to learn of these ships— and would like to point out that she gave Horuss advice to the effect of “quash your inner unhappiness by faking joy!” (And apparently could have made Karkat fall in love with Meenah, again molding true feelings rather than ‘knowing’ them.)
Meh, that’s about the long and short of it.
ASTERISK ONE (1): Your recent post about the Mind aspect, Terezi, and the way that she liked manipulating others’ perceptions in order to learn more about them actually helped me clear up how my read of Seers applied to her! Fabulous stuff. :3