Friday, December 17, 2004

For the Good of Mankind

"Intelligence is not a privilege, it's a gift. You use it for the good of mankind" --Otto Octavius

I was watching Spider-Man 2 last night and then again this morning before going out. Personally, I think it's a far superior movie to the first one, which is quite rare in sequels, diving deep into a lot of interesting themes and presenting them in a light-hearted and entertaining way. Great cinematography too.

It's interesting how easily we can relate to the characters portrayed in the films we watch. I think it kind of cheered me up a little bit to see that even with all his powers, Peter Parker still has to face the little problems in life, the pressure of responsibility, the confusion of indecisiveness and all the little dilemmas that we all go through from time to time.

What got me thinking a little bit was how easily Dr. Octavius's wishes to help humanity, turned into an obsession that nearly destroyed all of Manhattan and the millions of people living there. Admittedly, with the conspicuously vulnerable inhibitor chip destroyed, he was acting under the influence of the evil robot arms. But even before the chip was damaged, he was unwilling to shut down the first experiment in the hope that it would somehow stabilize.

Problems like this tend to arise when you have one man deciding what is good for mankind and no one, not even Peter Parker can convince him of otherwise. Who will we turn to? The Spider-Man in us all.

Go Spidey go!

Doc Ock


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