Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The day the earth stood still and theo-ecology

We often think that we own the earth. But do we?

In the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, when Klaatu came to earth to initiate the destruction of humans to which none of our technology able to halt, Regina still thought that humans able to dictate the terms of negotiation.

Regina: What is your purpose in coming here?

Klaatu: There is a gathering of world leaders not far from here; I will explain my purpose to them.

Regina: I'm afraid thats not possible. Perhaps you should explain yourself to me instead.

Klaatu: Do you speak for the entire human race?

Regina: I speak for the President of the United States. Now, please; tell me why have you come to our planet.

Klaatu: *Your* planet?

Regina: Yes, this is our planet.

Klaatu: No, it is not.

The simple fact is that we don't own the earth. Even if we belong to the long chain of biological evolution, that merely says that we are a product of the earth. To say that the earth belongs to us is putting the equation around. And overturning an equation, in theological language, is idolatry.

In the day of annihilation, it is not the earth that stand still. We will be the one who stand still, finally, willing to listen.

Professor Barnhardt: There must be alternatives. You must have some technology that could solve our problem.

Klaatu: Your problem is not technology. The problem is you. You lack the will to change.

Professor Barnhardt: Then help us change.

Klaatu: I cannot change your nature. You treat the world as you treat each other.

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