Last Screening: IN TIME
An innovative futuristic movie written and directed by Andrew Niccol that is well worth watching, IN TIME is an allegorical tale comparing the value of modern economics with time, ie the years months weeks hours minutes and even seconds you have left to live your life.
Everyone stops aging at age 25 due to the human race’s ability through medical and health advances (such as those proposed by Ray Kurzweil in “Singularity is Near” philosophy) and is able to live forever — at least biologically; but from there they only have one more year to live. Time is the new currency of this insightful vision of the future. Instead of working for or spending money one works for and spends time, as in a phone call costs you a minute off of your life, a days work earns you 24 hours to add to your life. Laziness will cost you your life. A fascinating concept. Creative screenwriting. More than a few innovative ideas throughout. Ideas such as “don’t waste my time”, time share, the “Out of Time Mission”, a futuristic food bank of sorts.
The film — which stars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried — also acts as a post-modern Robin Hood or Bonnie and Clyde tale where the rich live off of exploiting the poor — by using up all of their time through ever increasing interest rates and cost of living expenses — but the heroes of the story in the unfair Capitalist system that is clearly a reflection of modern times devise a plan to try to steal back enough time to even the game. In reality of course it’s all about money, not time, but the message is loud and clear. We may be biologically able to live to 100 now, but without enough money for food clothing shelter medical expenses and the like no one would make it past age 5 if that. Again it’s a fascinating concept to think about hats off to Niccol for the screenplay.
in typical Socialist fashion the question is asked several times “Is it stealing if it was stolen?” Personally I’d say the answer is still a big rousing YES. it’s not that we the 99% don’t need to restructure capitalist society in order to re-balance the playing field in order to bring about a more fair and just civilization… We do. But not if it involves out of integrity acts such as lying or stealing in order to accomplish that feat. Anything in fact that would require us to rewrite history as most who have come before us have is still wrong, unjust, unfair unethical and immoral. By attempting to bring true justice to the world for the first time in human history, we would be committing the same unjust acts as our perceived enemies have through the centuries and thus would be no closer to creating an enlightened planet.
Hence I for one believe that we must do our best at all times to entertain enlighten and educate — even protest march demonstrate “occupy” and commit large collective well-timed acts of non-violent civil disobedience — without giving in to the temptations of those who’ve come before us in order to bring about a more fair just and balanced world for all. Once lying or stealing blackmail kidnapping or any other acts not in line with the noblest virtues enter into our methods we are no better than the people who have created the unfair system of greedy selfish world government that we live in today.
Borrowing the theme of the film IN TIME, the goal is not to be immortal or live forever biologically if it is at the cost of the safety health well being or lives of others. For that is not living. It’s staying alive for the sake of staying alive but without truly living.
In economic terms we may not feel like we have the time to participate in the Occupy Movement (OWS), but outside of that thinking, in our hearts, from our intuition and our highest intentions, we all know that we can in reality create the time, some at least, to participate in one way or another if we want to do more with our lives this just wait to die. Truth be told there isn’t an area of our lives and culture as fellow inhabitants of earth that could not benefit from a good old fashioned house cleaning.
From the most obvious examples such as helping to spread the enormous wealth of the world in order to assure that no one ever dies again from thirst or starvation to restructuring the criminal global banking systems; from forcing the airline industry to give up those 140 million dollar a year executive salaries in order to provide their customers with more affordable and more healthy flying conditions (as in remove four rows from every plane so the average person has a seat big enough to not be squeezed up into an uncomfortable ball of pain and discomfort for hours) to dismantling the most cruel health care system in the modern world (pass laws to forever ban the pharmaceutical companies and the health insurance industry from the extortionist control they have over the medical establishment. And then of course there’s Big Oil and the war profiteering weapons manufacturing companies — arguably the most deceptive insidious and life threatening forces on planet earth today, the so called “federal reserve” which isn’t federal at all, campaign finance reform in elected government systems and on on and on.
Yep. Plenty of work to do. And there’s no time like the present to start rolling up our sleeves to do it. Better news is that if we come together and unite as one people working collectively towards each cause we can easily make the changes we want to see take place in the world. If we don’t, no one else will. We may not have the capabilities of technology to live forever quite yet, but each of us has at the very least one miraculous secret weapon perhaps even more powerful than immortality, the will to live fully the years we do have left and an unwavering desire to make the world a better place while we are still here.
As always, to be continued….
Last Screening: IN TIME