Yesterday I went out for dinner and a movie, with an old friend who is lonely.
He is a father. And a divorcee. His own father passed recently.
The movie was called Lucy.
I found it thought provoking. And on further reflection, disturbing.
In a penultimate scene, Lucy has just disappeared, at the very instant of reaching “100%”, and, just as the bad guy protagonist empties a pistol into her head. A policeman asks, “Where is she?”
A text message immediately appears on his mobile phone.
“I AM EVERYWHERE”.
This movie presents a message.
That if only we could access 20%, 30%, 40%, or 100% of the capacity of our brains, we could become as gods.
But in becoming as gods*, we lose our humanity.
When I consider the violence, oppression, pain, suffering, destruction, torment, devastation, deceit, and mass murder we have wrought in the world over the past century — throughout our much-lauded, Panglossian age of scientific discovery, of technology, of Information, and of ever-growing Knowledge … but not, it seems, of Wisdom — I wonder.
Why do we not make movies that present a very different message.
Imagine a world where we all would access 100% of the capacity of our hearts.
* Johansson’s character becomes cold, violent, murderous, inconsiderate, demanding, manipulative, self-obsessed. Heartless. One wonders what kind of “god” it is the film writers are presenting as an aspirational ideal.
2 thoughts on “The heart of Lucy”
I agree with you 100%..hollywood dishes out movies which glorify violence..how about some movies…if a person goes beyond the 100% capacity of his heart..he would reside in a ocean of unconditional love…a inspiring movie like that could change many of the core beliefs we have of ourselves ..and that would be something..
Yes, it would be something that could change everything for someone … or, many someone’s 🙂