Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2012 and Beyond

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Last Saturday I let my younger sister drag me into watching what I presumed to be a drag of a movie: 2012. Telling myself not to roll my eyes the whole two hours and forty-five minutes of it while munching on the wilted fries on my lap, I allowed my mind to roam beyond the mind-numbing sound effects and digitally mastered images on the screen.

I asked my sister, “Bakit kasi hindi na lang nila tanggapin na mamatay silang lahat?” (Why can’t they just accept that they are all going to die?) She replied, “at least they tried.” What’s the entire struggle for when eventually we will all come to an end? The answer to that I have yet to discover.

Watching the film made me think of how we all fear the finality of death. And because of this we yearn for transcendence--through made-in-china ultramodern arks, the metaphysics of karma, heaven, and the afterlife. But what if there is nothing beyond death – no other state of existence, no Cape of Good Hope, heaven, hell, or purgatory to go to? What then?

7 comments:

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Kayni said...

that's why we have to live this life we have to the fullest now...who knows if there's really life after death?

witsandnuts said...

The script sucks 'no? But it's interesting to see on big screen how a modern Noah's ark will probably happen. ;)

Artemis said...

i loved how the film was made, ala 'titanic'.. i haven't watched such kind of suspense movie since Titanic in 1998, (i think!)..

but yeah, the movie shows the utter absurdity of mortals.. all the panicking and shouting and fear,.. why not just surrender? we will all perish anyway sooner or later..

BUT.. admittedly, when my computer went nutz, a couple of days ago, i panicked like crazy, just like those in the film, lol...

Anonymous said...

there is beer volcanoes and stripper factories in the afterlife. :)

Amelia said...

I haven't watch this film and I choose not because of is absurdity...I dunno but it's not appealing to me

Angeli said...

hi amelia. like what artemis and wits said, the movie was a bit absurd but quite entertaining. :)

hi anonymous. what empirical data have you got to prove that there are indeed beer volcanoes and stripper factories in the afterlife? :)

hi kayni. you are right. we must live our lives to the fullest and not based on what punishment or reward we are going to get after we die.

 
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