I Love Lucy
I’m not much of a movie watcher. My ADD much prefers 22–40 minute TV shows to feature length films. So despite my interest being piqued when it was originally released, I finally watched ‘Lucy’ last night. In case you’re not already familiar, the premise is that a woman is dosed with a high quantity of a synthesized version of a powerful neonatal compound, which rapidly increases her access to previously untapped cognitive capacity giving her ‘supernatural’ abilities; A campfire discussion thought experiment turned into a cinematic thriller.
The film left many thoughts and questions lingering around in however much cognitive capacity I may or may not be able to access in my own mind. Many of these were sparked by the provocative statement and question that ‘Lucy’ opens with:
Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?
And closes with:
Life was given to us a billion years ago. Now you know what you can do with it.
To be clear, I don’t know what I can do with life. But I do know that I try to live each day that I am given with the intention of finding out. Which leads me to the words you’re reading.
I have been intrigued by the idea of starting a public writing series, but hesitant to do so. I don’t want to waste your time. I do want to be helpful in whatever capacity I am able. The inclination that your own thoughts may be of interest and/or benefit to others has always struck me as a little arrogant. But ‘Lucy’ made the strong point that even if a person were to use 100% of the hypothetical potential human cognitive capacity, but didn’t share whatever knowledge or ideas came from it, others would not benefit. And my mind churns thought unceasingly, all day, every day. My hope is that a small sliver of them may be of value to the world if recorded and disseminated. So here we go. Let’s find out what we can do with life, together.