Saw this movie 13th floor off-late and then a chain of thoughts. For someone who loves the Real Adventures of Johny Quest (esp. the episodes with Quest World) and 'The Matrix' there is no choice about liking this movie. I had these random and two parallel track of thoughts firing chaotically. So lemme keep em separate.
The second my readers might find it interesting so lemme get rid of the first quickly. It about reality. Much like stated in texts around the philosophy of the matrix you never know if you are in the real world, for what you believe is real could just be electrical pulses and circuit boards. Neither movies talk of that explicitly coz movies need a happy ending and people don't like to leave a theatre with more questions than answers. But they did leave me thinking.
Makes me wonder if we are just program links to being in the after-world. And when we die we become part of em. That sorta contradicts population explosion :D. But some of my friends say that this is pretty much what is being said in the Vedas and some other sacred text. Only we today brand it in the name of science and technology while those days all that was there was religion and philosophy.
Time an again I just end up with the conclusion that humans get inebriated when we get to make a choice even if it were one we were made to take ;). We are so addicted to it. But this time the line of thought I summarized in the second part of the post came into my mind
Fundamentally all humans being are egotists who are fanatic about the choices they make in their lives, living out their lives justifying the choice in the name of joy / satisfaction etc.
It doesn't matter if the person actually made a choice or no but as long as the person feels they did they are happy. Gosh am talking in Absolutes now!
Apart from the sci-fi side of the movie there was a sublime aspect to it. Like manirathnam puts it, the easiest topic and one that looks most beautiful on the silver screen - Love.
In this movie the female lead falls in love with a being in the virtual world. It might sound hilariously silly as it may sound but it does happen in our world (even if it weren't the real) without us quite realizing it. This thought immediately reminded me of this movie - "You've got a mail". It sorta got me into thinking that its not the physical being per-se that such love are built on but rather the character as portrayed by the other being (real or virtual). And it only works as long as you are able to see that character in the other being. Unfortunately change is the only constant. I wonder if this is why people keep changing their partners. When I come to think of it, it might not be all that wrong. What if you had a virtual world with virtual beings with whom you could live and not put up a minute more than you choose to, such as when they no longer have the character you once loved. I know its too far fetched, sounds unethical and mebbe even gross. But we are all just entwined in a thirst to make choices which eventually gratifies our senses and makes us feel important or in control. What would you do then?
Some people call such an act lack of culture or value. Hmm. That makes me wonder if culture can be as dogmatic as religion. Am not surprise the two are so related or derived.
This again got me into thinking about people and compatibility. (A conversation I had off-late sparked this). I somehow feel that no two people in this world are compatible. And its only a matter of time till you hit the incompatible zone and things bomb. I somehow felt people who seemed to be compatible are not (necessarily - that was for people who believe such things exists) people who really are but who choose to be so.
It is a choice, not fate. Sometimes we feel things have got to the end of the road and that it was not meant to be, never. We start substantiating with a million reasons for why it wasn't meant to be so. On the other side the same person found a million reasons for it to be so. Does the word incompatibility ring bells in your mind now? I see it more as a will than something consequential or pre-destined. Blaming it on something external (such as incompatible, fate, never meant to be so) are words and phrases we use as a scapegoat. To make it lighter on ourselves.
Now that I've written so much crap let me finish this with one question. Have you ever experienced being in love with a virtual being (someone without physical presence in proximity or in this world) or known people who do? What is it like?
No questions on the former as its more of what you choose to believe in :p.