So, I was thinking about this earlier because I was mauling over the ME3 ending again (because I'm going to be stuck on this until the EC comes out and either eases the frustration or increases it to the point where I'll just give up and play something else) and thinking about the reasoning that the child gives you for why the Reapers destroy all organic live. Obviously by now the general consensus is that it makes no sense because it uses circular logic and directly ignores plot points established in previous games. So, I thought I'd pose the question, what did you guys think their motivation was prior to the logic given to you in the game? Or supposing the child is lying (for those who do support the IT) what do you think the truth is? I always thought that it was just self preservation and that their whole purpose for existence was just existence itself. That would explain why they made the Mass Relays and Citadel as a kind of trap for the more advanced civilizations so that they could wipe out and harvest any species that might pose them a threat eventually and it would also explain why they leave younger species alone, because killing all organic life would mean that they wouldn't be able to continue to reproduce and sustain, since they basically make new Reapers out of the Harvested species. So what do you think? Evil for the sake of evil? Beings that represent order and hate chaos? The child's crazy logic is right? Or do you think it would actually be better not to know because the Reapers are more threatening if you don't know why they do what they do?