Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Next Best Thing
I've been reading a lot lately about the movie Interstellar. I haven't seen the film yet so this is not a review; just a comment on the story line. An astronaut/scientist goes looking for a habitable planet for us earthlings since we have trashed our initial home beyond repair.
Planetary exploration has always been a staple of science fiction, and now there's the added intensity of forced evacuation.
Critics are saying the scientific explanations are accurate and the TV astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees. Those of us who find out about worm holes by watching The Big Bang Theory are certainly not going to challenge that.
During the great depression we had Shirley Temple, the cheerful child, to help us feel better. Is Interstellar today's feel good distraction from capitalism's failures and politicians' cowardice? Can't get together on any plans to save us and our environment? That's okay. Move on to the next planet.
Hope rests not on ourselves but on our imaginary tour of the galaxy.