_2001_: Optimistic or pessimistic, en fin?

From: Brent Allsop (allsop@fc.hp.com)
Date: Fri Feb 23 2001 - 11:19:33 MST

Jim Fehlinger <fehlinger@home.com> gave us some lines from 2001:

> "Then he waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still
> untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not
> quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something."

        This is pure BS, to me! Just like 100% of all science fiction
and all primitive religions too for that matter. Every single last
bit of it stupidly wonders: "what should I do next?" Duuu! At least
the star child had enough stupid childish sense to not allow the
nuclear holocaust, evidently unlike the superiors that uplifted him.

        Kubrick is quoted:

> "I think that if _2001_ succeeds at all, it is in reaching a wide
> spectrum of people who would not often give a thought to man's
> destiny, his role in the cosmos and his relationship to higher forms
> of life."

        Why does no one anywhere get it!? Just once, I want to see an
alien movie where the evil aliens are not hiding, the stupid aliens
are not waiting, the aliens are not using some stupid excuse like the
"prime directive", the aliens are not dim whitedly ignorantly
accidentally stepping on beings, or leaving one of their own kind
behind... just once I want to see aliens that can see the obvious more
than such a dim "star child" asking: "duuu, what does I do next?"

        Helloooo!!!! Is anyone out there listining!!! There is still
lots of evil down here! We're doing all we can, spending our lives
trying to find a cure for hunger, cancer, aging, suffering... hoping
to be able to save our loved ones before they suffer more and die!!!!
Helloooo!! In case your to dumb to figure out the obvious, we could
use some help with all this! Screw your "prime directives", your
irrational excuses for hiding and not coming down to help. Damn your
"theodicies" that attempt to twist and justify your omnipotent
existence while you tolerate all this evil and suffering!

        Just once! Just once! I want to see an alien movie, or some
story about some powerful God... That finally, after much effort,
first discovers us and with a little more than a kindergarten level of
intelligence knows just what to do (let me give you a hint. You don't
come down and suffer and die with us on a cross.). Just once, I want
to see these Gods mounting every resource they can muster, getting to
us as fast as they can, communicating with us as urgently as possible,
with half enough intelligence not to step on or hurt any of us (us
obviously includes all forms of life here on earth) in the effort. I
want to see them come in with their emergency rescue ships. I want to
see their emergency vehicle flashing lights, blaring sirens ablazing,
moving as fast as they can to save our beloved parents and brothers
and sisters that are still, despite our best efforts, SUFFERING and
DIEING! You know, kind of the way our emergency rescue workers put
forth there best effort when someone needs it! Just once I want to
see Gods that are caring like this and able to really help! Just once
I want to see a happy hopeful faithful optimistic story in which evil
isn't all that powerful, necessary and impossible to overcome.

        Why can no one realize the obvious about any kind of
relationship with any such Gods or any "higher form of life" and what
such a relationship ultimately must be like? I know what I hope I
want to be doing to help when I have this kind of power! Why does not
anyone hope that evil (as in death, suffering, separation...) will
have long since been overcome for all, long before there is anything
close to powerful Gods or ETs?

        The only explanation can be we are all mentally ill, a symptom
of our still dieing and suffering, such that we can't see, or we
refuse to accept, the plain, simple and obvious truth - That we all
already know what to do, as long as there is still known evil. I
certainly optimistically hope we can overcome this insanity and
finally accept what it is we must and will ultimately do.

                Brent Allsop

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