Bound by nothing

Not too long ago I, finally, watched Blade Runner, yeah I know. I had heard so much about it about how it was one of the best sifi moves ever made this that and the other. So I finally watched it one night and I had a ton of expectations for it as you can imagine. Regardless, I thought the movie was just okay, I mean it was kind of cool but to say that it was the best sifi movie ever made and everything I do not know if I could make that statement. On the flip side maybe I am taking the movie out of context as it more than 20 years old, so maybe I need to put myself in that time frame. Either way I was not as blown away as I thought I would have been.

For those that don’t know Blade Runner is based on a novel called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by legendary sifi author Phillip K. Dick. I have not read the book, it is on my list, but I have heard it is good. The reason I bring all this up is because at the end one of the characters delivers a soliloquy that unbeknownst to me is one of the most famous dying speeches in cinema. As Roy Batty is dying he says the following :

I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… [contemptuous laugh] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like [small cough] tears… in… rain. Time… to die…

Frankly I do not even remember this speech from the movie, and the only reason I am talking about it is because I saw it in the comments of an article I read. After I looked up the speech and found what the hell a  Tannhäuser Gate was I was interested in the whole speech. Then it got me thinking about other speeches in movies that are either famous or can really get you thinking. I also want to say that it is funny how sometimes things come full circle as the Tannhäuser Gate has to do with a play by Richard Wagner by the same name. I recently started reading a comic, which is totally badass and I will do a review on it shortly, called Siegfried which is based on again a opera by Wagner. I always think it is cool to know what people are talking about when they mention something like this. Just a little more random knowledge to impress your drinking buddies with sometime. The other reason it is good to pay attention to stuff like this is because I think Siegfried the story was the inspiration for The Hobbit, but that is a whole other post in itself, I digress…

The first one that came to mind is basically everything that Forest Gump says, obviously that is the greatest movie ever made. In my opinion it does not get much better than that, what is better than a journey through the most turbulent time in American history. It is my favorite and despite his shortcomings Mr. Gump is filled with real world insight. Another speech or line I think is very interesting is what Siddhartha says in Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha is telling a friend about what he has figured out during the journey of his life and says among other things, “Wisdom cannot be taught, only knowledge.” I agree with this one, knowledge can be passed down and will continue to do so, but wisdom that is one of those things that just comes with experience and accumulated time on this planet.

I think my all time favorite is, “You are bound by nothing.” Sean Maguire, who is Robin Williams character in Good Will Hunting, probably my second favorite movie easily in my top 3. If you have seen the movie you know what Sean is talking about to Will Hunting, and it is very true in a literal sense. Will has a gift or a curse however you want to look at it, of a photographic memory which makes basically everything easier for Will.

I have seen the movie a couple of times and only recently did the above quote really stand out to me. It is crazy to think about, you are bound by nothing, sounds like something out of a sifi movie. It is truly a deep thought if taken out of context of the movie but at the same time the quote is very true a real world sense. Will could potentially do anything he wants, no matter how complicated the task he would be able to pick it up. The fascinating thing is that psychologically Will is pretty messes up, and yes that is my medical diagnosis. He could work in any industry and make an infinite amount of money yet he is a construction worker. Is that what it means to be human, is that part of the human condition, being able to choose, being able to walk away from a genetic gift like that?

Sadly, I am bound by quite a few things so I do not have the same problem as Will Hunting. I cannot fathom what having that power must be like, and yes I know it is just a movie but there are real people that have photographic memories all over the world. What would you do if you truly were bound by nothing but time, as for the time being no one can escape that one. I do not know the answer to that one…

As I mentioned above it is hard to even think about as most if not all of us are bound by so many other things. I wonder if there will ever be a period where anything will be possible and if even time will not be able to hold us back.

Just something to think about…


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