spoiler alert. if you haven’t watched this movie Don’t look up yet, i highly recommend you do so. i will be talking about the ending and what it means to me.
i thoroughly enjoyed watching “Don’t look up” movie. not just because i could relate to it since i also want to be a human of science/astronomy. but the ending, the ending in which the whole of Earth is destroyed, is what i love the most.
there are innumerable parallels between the movie-world and the real-world. those parallels are trivial enough that i won’t even describe them here to save time. that is not what this post is about. this is about the ending.
i should probably admit before going ahead that i have a fetish for death. i will link up the post once i write one.
Dr. Mindy, PhD candidate Dibiasky did everything they could to prepare the world for the impending doom. but the outcome of Earth getting destroyed could not have been prevented. not for the lack of trying on their part. that is what i like the most.
every action requires some certain skill and some certain amount of effort. it does not matter if the action is performed by one person or the whole world. if the skill and amount of effort are sufficient, action is performed.
i am not excluding the possibility of failure. success/failure are beyond one’s control so one can exercise the dichotomy of control to explain any failure. the same logic also provides that skill and effort can bring about an action since both are under one’s control.
skill can be attained and improved, and effort can be invested.
it should not be a surprise when a failure occurs. in case skill/effort was not sufficient, this logic is soothing and comforting since skill/effort was not sufficient. in case of some factor beyond one’s control, this logic is also equally smoothing and comforting because the determining factor falls beyond one’s control anyway.
Dr. Mindy and his student Dibiasky’s efforts were beyond sufficient, the world’s effort in trying to preserve itself was not. consequently, world got annihilated. since they are the residents of the world, even they got annihilated as well. its simple. its so simple that it is beautiful. and this is what i like about the ending. so unadultrated, so raw.
saving the whole world is an enormous task. if one person has to do so, that person would have to be like a superhero. if an ordinary person were to do so, the effort/skill should be commenserate with that of a superhero’s. naturally this requires a collection of people coming together to provide the required effort/skill. the duo could not have done it by themselves without others joining them. others did not join and that’s their choice. effort/skill condition was not met. world got annihilated.
i do not blame the “others” for not investing their share of effort/skill. “others” are just as equal as the duo or me. there is no one to blame. their actions/skills are in their control. dichotomy of control provides relief.
actions have consequences. consequences will happen irrespective of whether the nature of the action is understood/realized or not. one cannot escape from the consequences. it is foolish to think otherwise. as is the case in the ending of the movie, the world ends. a direct consequence of not having contigency plan and failures of the initial plan. skill/effort does not matter if the outcome is not what is intended.
maybe “dharma” offers a way to save oneself from the consequences (must explore further).