The Day the Earth Stood Still (15-Jan-2011)

09 Aug
Let me borrow some lines from this film that will serve as a wake-up call for us.

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.
Professor Barnhardt: But every civilization reaches a crisis point eventually.
Klaatu: Most of them don’t make it.
Professor Barnhardt: Yours did. How?
Klaatu:  Our sun was dying. We had to evolve in order to survive.
Professor Barnhardt:  So it was only when your world was threatened with destruction that you became what you are now.
Klaatu:  Yes.
Professor Barnhardt: Well that’s where we are. You say we’re on the brink of destruction and you’re right. But it’s only on the brink that people will find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve. This is our moment. Don’t take it from us, we are close to an answer.

Klaatu:  I said I came to save the Earrth.
Helen Benson: You came to save the Earth…from us. You came to save the Earth “from” us.
Klaatu: We can’t risk the survival of this planet for the sake of one specie.
Helen Benson: What are you saying?
Klaatu: If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives. There are only a handful of planets in the cosmos that are capable of supporting complex life.
Helen Benson: You can’t do this.
Klaatu: …this one can’t be allowed to perish.
Helen Benson: We can change. We can still turn things around.
Klaatu: We’ve watched, we’ve waited and hoped that you “would” change.
Helen Benson: Please.
Klaatu: It’s reached the tipping point. We have to act.
Helen Benson: Please.
Klaatu: We’ll undo the damage you’ve done and give the Earth a chance to begin again.
Helen Benson: Don’t do this. Please, we can change. We can change.
Klaatu: The decision is made. The process has begun.

Klaatu:  Nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing. Everything is simply, transformed.

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in poetry, thoughts


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