Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015), movies whose stories all take place in zero gravity, dusty martian surfaces and interstellar environments are trying to send us a very subliminal message inadvertently of course.
Is the message coming to us from beings that have understood the string theory and managed to treat time like the edge of a table they sit on everyday?
If these beings had a message they were trying to impart to us, I would take a gander and say that they are trying to say, ” Wake up everyone, its time to science the shit out of all our problems and save humanity.” Anyone who has seen the Martian know this line which Matt Damon’s character jokingly says with an underlying truth i.e. the problem is real, it is a life or death situation but we can do it by using science.
The movies all stand witness to the problem solving nature of the human brain and what we are truly capable of in order to survive. For 200,000 years, since the human brain of our species Homo sapiens diverged from the common human ancestor, we have been solving problems to help our species survive.
This is what I want to see when I open the paper tomorrow, headlines that read:
“Scientists cure cancer.”
“Scientists cure HIV.”
“Scientists find a way to create a renewable energy source.”
“Scientists grow plants in space.” Well this actually happened last year as NASA scientists figured it out.
But, what do I get instead?
It really is time to wake up, use the power that has been given to each and everyone of us in the space between our heads, instead of wasting our intelligence.
Scientists in the movie The Martian (2015) unite from every corner of the globe regardless of nationality, color, creed, race or any other categorical definition that can separate us and solves the problem. Considering that the world was witness to the U.N General Assembly drama, a week before the movie was released serves as a stark reminder that the ideal situation of global co-operation in the movie is a far cry from our woeful reality. The movie also serves a stark reminder to our government, that without the kind of money that needs to be put BACK into research, we stand a chance of grievously falling behind. #POTUS, please increase the NIH funding :), it will be the greatest executive order you could fulfill before you leave office.
One can only hope, that future generations will get to read the headlines I posted in this article #researchsaves, and my personal message to #KimDavis, please leave the Pope alone.