Friday, 4 October 2013

Rant I Thought of After Watching “The Watchmen”

(Initially posted on my website way back when the movie first came out.  Lasted edited on March 22, 2017)

Despite the title, this really doesn't have a whole lot to do with the movie I just finished watching in the theatre. Usually most people watch movies so they can just watch something and be mindlessly entertained. That's why I like watching movies anyway. However, the way my brain works I'm constantly picking movies apart, my mind is always working. This often wrecks many movies for me but there's no changing the way my brain works.

The actual movie the Watchmen I found wasn't too great. I mean, it has it's fair share of sex and violence for those people who are into that sort of thing. Definitely not at family safe movie with all the savage gore, so don't watch this movie if you're faint of heart. I didn't know too much about this movie going into it - I find that if I watch more than 1 or 2 trailers about a movie it wrecks a lot of the movie once I watch it. Anyway, there was quite a bit of work done on plot and political situation and not too much action as I was hoping for in a superhero movie - kind of the same flaw as the movie "Iron Man" had in my mind.

One thing I did like about the movie is the look that it had on the actual human nature. The conflicting views on how much do humans actually need saving. The most powerful superhero I've ever seen was in this movie, which was cool. He was almost god-like intelligent. I found it interesting on how very little value he had for life in general.

I thought about the smartest man in recorded history. Solomon. The biblical character was an incredibly respected man in both religious and non religious cultures. What sticks out at me is that his view at life has similarities with the superdude off of the movie. The fact is that when any living thing dies, that's it. Their bodies return to the ground, decomposing and gives ingredients for new life. But in the end, there is death.

Solomon's Ecclesiastes lists many vanities in life.  I almost hate that book of the bible, but it has a great message. If one is looking from a completely scientific and human logical point of view it's completely true. Here's the catch though. If nothing one does in life is worth anything in the end, what's the point of living? I'm in no way suicidal, but the thing is, what if I was? If someone ends their own life, according to this logic that I'm covering there is nothing wrong. People on earth will be upset but they will end up dying as well and it will mean nothing in the end.

The only thing that I can see that puts a light on the situation is that the scientific human body is not what makes us human. We are set apart from the Animal Kingdom not because we have intelligence, all the intelligence won't mean a thing once we die. What sets us apart is our souls. Our body dies, but our soul goes on. If not, then what's the point? What's the point of living our meaningless lives trying to satisfy ourselves who won't last a significant amount of time, or trying to please others who will last just as long?

The only thing that a person can do in life that will make any difference at all is what impact we have on other people's lives. Because a person's soul is the only thing that lasts in the end. That is the main point of this rant.

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