Monday, June 13, 2005

Choosing Futures, Futures Choosing

"You don't choose the things you believe in; they choose you." --Lamar Burgess, Minority Report

Late last night strolling down Queen Street, we passed a few in suits shouting their beliefs at us - a tactic of survival utilised by many tenets still inhabiting the minds of a vocal minority - at which I responded something about evolution and Darwin, just to see their reaction I suppose. They ignored me. It seems their highly adapted beliefs have chosen a cosy home.

Just finished watching Minority Report, Steven Spielberg's superb vision of a future where the future can be known. The film deals a lot with choice, the idea that an individual, given knowledge of a future event, has the freedom of choice to alter that prediction. Although why the precognitives of the film fail to recognise that crucial decision and never quite seem to predict the events that actually take place, is never fully explained.

I like to imagine that it is the futures that do all the hard work for us, choosing the individual in order to make themselves a reality. If a prediction of murder is what it takes for the prevention of the murder to be actualised, then perhaps the lie is worth it. The oracle tells you only what you need to hear.

The majority of conceivable futures pass us by, slipping through present clutches, often to become past regret for things unsaid and leave only the minority report our lives have been up to now. We are but a refuge for a few auspicious events, clinging to existence.

Possible shots, fighting for Speilberg's attention


Blogger Cavan said...

Loved the film - if you ever have a chance to get your hands on a copy of the original short story by Philip K. Dick, it's definitely worth it.

6/13/2005 11:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget his novels either. Brilliant stuff.

6/14/2005 10:52:00 pm  
Blogger Joshua said...

Thanks, I'll have to do some searching. I read half of electric sheep ages ago and plan to finish it at some point :P Didn't know it was the same guy.

6/14/2005 11:16:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have you read The Time Traveler's Wife yet? I finished reading it recently. I like the ideas in sci-fi, but I prefer character-driven novels to plot-driven sci-fi. This novel dovetails with timelines and philosophical musings about the future. Provocative. Apparently Brad and Jen (who still have a production company together) bought the film rights. I picture Nicole Kidman as the wife. Not sure who I see as the husband. It would make an interesting film. For one thing, the husband time-travels in the nude.

6/16/2005 12:12:00 pm  
Blogger Joshua said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for it. Has Nicole Kidman done any sci-fi? Not sure.

Would be good to see.

6/17/2005 06:32:00 pm  

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