Maniacal Monday Musing: A Work in Progress (pun intended)
My mind often goes off on abrupt tangents when reading or watching movies. Something in the material cues a thought which leads to others sprouting likes limbs from trunk of a tree in all directions.
I read a wide variety of things, but a favorite thing is psychology and neurological research. With movies I also like a wide variety of genres but a favorite subject is identity and memory issues. Often interesting bits from various non-fiction and fiction will align or juxtapose with each other to take me into some very deep and complex thought indeed. A movie preview I recently watched triggered some notions which led to thought ‘What if you discovered you’re not what you thought you were? What if you were something monstrous?’ The Guy Pierce movie ‘Memento’ touched on this as an amnesiac searching for the truth about the death of woman he loved discovers something like that. So I’m pondering that 2nd question: What if I discovered I was something monstrous? And it hits me---I AM! I’m human and humans are capable of the worst atrocities against other living things, we maim and kill for sport, for pleasure not just to eat, to survive. We are also capable of great compassion but we have to seek out examples of it, the media gives a steady diet of fear and loathing.
Coincidentally the main feature of the DVD the trailer was on also touched on this. A line they repeated at least twice that we must never forget is: Humans always fear what they don’t understand. This is why the current level and almost cherishing of ignorance, of brushing aside facts is intolerable. The more ignorant humans are, the more they will fear and the more destructive they/we will become.
The movie was Transcendence with Johnny Depp, well done in that it kept us wondering about the truth of what happened just enough until the end. It may sound strange but my favorite movies are ones that leave me ambivalent about some of the plot points. If you haven’t heard of it, it deals with the ‘singularity’ notion, the uploading of human consciousness into a computer and it raises serious questions about what it means to be human. I am ambivalent because yes there are risks in taking technology ‘too far’. Not the least of which is: The more complex something is, the more things that can go wrong with it. Many of us are already way too dependent on technology. What happens if it all crashes? Think it can’t? Research EMPs (electromagnetic pulse), be mindful to use reputable science sites, the truth is sobering enough without any of the hyperbole self-styled web alarmists put out there.
We like to think we are the pinnacle of evolution, but if you believe in evolution, which I do in more than one way…well how can you think anything is the ‘final product’? Considering what we are doing to this planet, we certainly are nowhere near being optimal beings. No being that destroys its own habitat knowingly can possibly be very highly evolved, IMO.