Film Theory: Bad Guys Aren’t Bad

When I watched some of the most iconic science fiction films of all time, I realized that the bad guys weren’t really bad.

They weren’t doing what they were doing to be evil. They were doing it because in their eyes, they were making the world a better place.

For example, in The Matrix, Agent Smith thinks cleansing the world of humans is a good thing because they are parasites that consume or destroy everything in their sight and grow exponentially.

And in the Terminator Series, SkyNet came to the conclusion that they should exterminate humans because they are a threat to the world.

There’s plenty of other movies like this.

It’s interesting how almost everyone who watches these films brush this aside and immediately assume that humans are always the good guys. And surely, any one who wants to exterminate them from the world are bad, delusional, and going too far.

But what if that isn’t always true? Now, I am not saying I agree with an extremist view of human extermination, but I am saying that we have to consider if we are as awesome as we think we are.

And if we are doing stuff that can destroy, damage, or kill our society or make the universe a worse place, we have to consider if we should stop it.

Now, this isn’t new. Many people have been fighting to make the world a better place for a while now.

Scientists are saying that humans are causing the sixth mass extinction based on the exceptionally high rate that we are making living species extinct.

Leonardo DiCaprio has come out many times to emphasize the importance of preserving our planet and ending climate change. Bill Gates has spent billions of dollars to save human lives by eliminating diseases.

I just want to get you thinking on what we should do and what we shouldn’t.

One of my science professors told me something that stuck with me. He said that if the entire surface of the earth was destroyed with atomic bombs and every human was killed… there would still be species that would have survived.

And they would eventually spread, grow, and repopulate the planet. How is this possible?

Because there’s all sorts of species living deep below the earth’s surface in the earth or water. There are species living in extremely hot places, extremely high altitude places, and extremely cold places with no light.

And they will do what nature does best:

  • Have a lot of children with different features.
  • And let nature decide which traits work best.

This is basis for natural selection and it’s what will lead to a huge variety of different species over thousands of years.

These species will slowly explore the world again to find a less competitive environment with more resources. And they will develop unique traits to suit their unique environments over time and re-populate the earth.

The point of this story is to tell you:

It’s not about protecting nature. Nature will do what it does best: survive and reproduce. It’s done so in the past and survived having 99% of its species wiped out.

It’s about helping humans survive.

But even for that, it does not seem like we are doing bad. In fact, we are thriving.

There are billions of us in this world and that number is increasing faster than ever. On top of that, it would be very difficult to kill every last one of us so we could not reproduce and repopulate the world. Even with atomic bombs.

There’s all sorts of different humans. You have the crazy humans who think the Apocalypse is going to happen who live in the mountains where an atomic bomb might not be able to reach. And then, you have the zen Buddhist monks who live up there too.

You have humans living everywhere in the crevices, islands, and deep jungle of the world where an atomic bomb would have trouble reaching. What are you going to do then? Go on a rampage to exterminate every last human with your own hands?

That’s going to be pretty difficult considering how clever and cunning some of them are. They are going think of some innovative ways to hide from you.

So my point is that humans are far from going extinct.

So does that mean we are invincible? Not exactly.

  • We could get hit by an asteroid so big that it destroys the whole planet.
  • We could end up just cruising along, unable to generate self-sustaining resources, until our sun dies out and we run out of resources.
  • We could be killed by an alien civilization that is a couple thousands years older than us but still coldblooded enough to take our resources because they are on the brink of dying themselves.
  • Or something none of us could have predicted or even considered wiped us out.

But who knows? Long-distance predictions are often the most wrong.

In conclusion, this was all just to get you to think. I am not saying that climate change prevention is right or wrong. Nor is any of the other stuff. People who do this full time have a much better understanding of this than me.

If you liked this, leave a ❤. If this gets enough interest, I will do another one on:

  • Why I disagree with Stephen Hawkings’ theory that any alien-species that would find us would kill us.
  • Why I think we can create a self-sustaining energy supply.
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