A short story from Terry Pratchett:
Death and What Comes Next (2002)
When Death met the philosopher, the philosopher said, rather excitedly: “At this point, you realise, I’m both dead and not dead.”
There was a sigh from Death. Oh dear, one of those, he thought. This is going to be about quantum again. He hated dealing with philosophers. They always tried to wriggle out of it.
“You see,” said the philosopher, while Death, motionless, watched the sands of his life drain through the hourglass, “everything is made of tiny particles, which have the strange property of being in many places at one time. But things made of tiny particles tend to stay in one place at one time, which does not seem right according to quantum theory. May I continue?”
YES, BUT NOT INDEFINITELY, said Death, EVERYTHING IS TRANSIENT. He did not take his gaze away from the tumbling sand.
“Well, then, if we agreed that there are an infinite number of universes, then the problem is solved! If there are an unlimited number of universes, this bed can be in millions of them, all at the same time!”
DOES IT MOVE?
Death nodded at the bed. CAN YOU FEEL IT MOVING? he said.
“No, because there are a million versions of me, too, And…here is the good bit …in some of them I am not about to pass away! Anything is possible!”
Death tapped the handle of his scythe as he considered this.
AND YOUR POINT IS…?
“Well, I’m not exactly dying, correct? You are no longer such a certainty.”
There was a sigh from Death. Space he thought. That was the trouble. It was never like this on worlds with everlastingly cloudy skies. But once humans saw all that space, their brains expanded to try and fill it up.
“No answer, eh?” said the dying philosopher. “Feel a bit old-fashioned, do we?”
THIS IS A CONUNDRUM CERTAINLY, said Death. Once they prayed, he thought. Mind you, he’d never been sure that prayer worked, either. He thought for a while. AND I SHALL ANSWER IT IN THIS MANNER, he added. YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE?
THE LADY WHO HAS BEEN LOOKING AFTER YOU. YOU LOVE HER?
“Yes. Of course.”
CAN YOU THINK OF ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE, WITHOUT YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY CHANGING IN ANY WAY YOU WOULD AT THIS MOMENT PICK UP A KNIFE AND STAB HER? said Death. FOR EXAMPLE?
BUT YOUR THEORY SAYS THAT YOU MUST. IT IS EASILY POSSIBLE WITHIN THE PHYSICAL LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE, AND THEREFORE MUST HAPPEN, AND HAPPEN MANY TIMES. EVERY MOMENT IS A BILLION, BILLION MOMENTS, AND IN THOSE MOMENTS ALL THINGS THAT ARE POSSIBLE ARE INEVITABLE. ALL TIME SOONER OR LATER, BOILS DOWN TO A MOMENT.
“But of course we can make choices between-“
ARE THERE CHOICES? EVERYTHING THAT CAN HAPPEN, MUST HAPPEN. YOUR THEORY SAYS THAT FOR EVERY UNIVERSE THAT’S FORMED TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR ‘NO’, THERE MUST BE ONE TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR ‘YES’. BUT YOU SAID YOU WOULD NEVER COMMIT MURDER. THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS TREMBLES BEFORE YOUR TERRIBLE CERTAINTY. YOUR MORALITY BECOMES A FORCE AS STRONG AS GRAVITY. And, thought Death, space certainly has a lot to answer for.
“Was that sarcasm?”
ACTUALLY, NO. I AM IMPRESSED AND INTRIGUED, said Death. THE CONCEPT YOU PUT BEFORE ME PROVES THE EXISTENCE OF TWO HITHERTO MYTHICAL PLACES. SOMEWHERE, THERE IS A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE, THE MORAL CHOICE, THE CHOICE THAT MAXIMISED THE HAPPINESS OF THEIR FELLOW CREATURES, OF COURSE, THAT ALSO MEANS THAT SOMEWHERE ELSE IS THE SMOKING REMNANT OF THE WORLD WHERE THEY DID NOT …
“Oh, come on! I know what you’re implying, and I’ve never believed in any of that Heaven and Hell nonsense!”
The room was growing darker. The blue gleam along the edge of the reaper’s scythe was becoming more obvious.
ASTONISHING, said Death. REALLY ASTONISHING. LET ME PUT FORWARD ANOTHER SUGGESTION: THAT YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A LUCKY SPECIES OF APE THAT IS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF CREATION VIA A LANGUAGE THAT EVOLVED IN ORDER TO TELL ONE ANOTHER WHERE THE RIPE FRUIT WAS?
Fighting for breath, the philosopher managed to say: “Don’t be silly.”
THE REMARK WAS NOT INTENDED AS DEROGATORY, said Death. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A GREAT DEAL.
“We’ve certainly escaped from outmoded superstitions!”
WELL DONE, said Death. THAT’S THE SPIRIT. I JUST WANTED TO CHECK.
He leaned forward.
AND ARE YOU AWARE OF THE THEORY THAT THE STATE OF SOME TINY PARTICLES IS INDETERMINATE UNTIL THE MOMENT THEY ARE OBSERVED? A CAT IN A BOX IS OFTEN MENTIONED.
“Oh, yes,” said the philosopher.
GOOD, said Death. He got to his feet as the last of the light died, and smiled.
I SEE YOU…
While I think it’s possible for anything to be replicated, included lifeforms and sentient lifeforms (people grow human organs on animals) for anybody with enough clout, curiosity, cash or all three, I do find the idea of people being everywhere all that time in all space even unreal space tiresome (and the cloning is highly aggravating).
The problem is of course most of the time we don’t know what’s real and what’s not, we see things topsy turvy physically and mentally and let’s just say understanding is not one of our strong points.
On a sidenote – ‘Death and What Comes Next’ could seem to be contradicting his collaboration with Steven Baxter in ‘The Long Earth’ (2012) but not really, in TLE there is one of you that moves, whereas in the above theory which doesn’t in my view really have a name since you see bits of it all over it describes there being any number and indeed an infinite amount of ‘you’ mirrored, if not fractured. Also the above story talks about a multi-verse whereas TLE is about using the space on Earth in layers although the following books in the series branched out into space, of course 🙄
On a sidenote sidenote – TLE was a major disappointment for me, it wasn’t recreational at all because it totally sold out to masonic religion and was so weighted with references and symbolism it moved slower than a tortoise with constipation, it also wasn’t funny. Pratchett without humour! It bore little resemblance to the original story ‘The High Meggas’ (1986) which was actually gripping, it didn’t have humour either but at least it did ‘survivalist’ well. And what was the point in changing Anna Shea’s name to Sally whilst leaving the other two as they were? I’m not tempted to read the rest of the series, I preferred it when he parodied or was just part-semi-historian/part-fiction-author referring to things like native Earth culture, the postal, fiscal and technological changes – at least he didn’t revere them, well he revered the steam engines too much for my liking making them blessed by the goddess and turning them into her so-called children.
One teacher wouldn’t let me have books but photocopies of the day’s lesson because as they put it “you see the connections” and so wanted me to annotate and let others read my thoughts. You could say it’s a probabilities thing, some see it as a game, I don’t.
That said when Mum shouts for me as she often does, even on the street and in shops, but in this case to show me yet another crop circle I’ve become so jaded that I feel like saying “oh leave me alone, you know I can’t read those things” but what I verbalize is “oh another one, how interesting, they’ve been busy haven’t they” and I try not to go over and look but she inevitably makes me as well as read the discourses on what they represent, mean, foretell or perhaps foretold. This kind of thing should usually interest me, especially as it’s pretty obvious most of the time which are handmade/crude tool made and which were cut & flattened with exquisite precision, the latter not being likely to have been made at night by a few ‘[intoxicated] pranksters’ in a rush trying not to get caught whilst somehow making and keeping their mathematical works of art symmetrical in such a fine and smooth manner (e.g. lacking coarse edging/edges and debris) and yet they do appear overnight. Where do these pranksters come from, do they spend their lives templating on digital software or perhaps an old box of Spirograph and then honing their skills on some piece of heretofore unknown land before unleashing them on the public, whilst drunk or drugged or both?
However as aforementioned I can’t decipher the bloody things, but many people can it seems and they do so very well, except that their predictions take ages before we know they’ve happened or we guess that such and such an event was what was being talked about. The problem is unless you know, not just believe, that an event was linked then it doesn’t make sense to the rest of us; but maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be, some messages are supposed to be personal – only for one or a few – and other times someone’s just messing with us.
I hate to wonder what hypothetical scientists would make of our culture with only debris and say media footage to work with; can you imagine extracting data from online, film, tv, news, advertisements, novels etc – what they hell would they think of us? That we’re a bunch of nutters? That’s if they hadn’t already some kind of record preserved differentiating most things (ha since the lines between truth/fiction, real/virtual/unreal are so blurred they might as well not bother), if we haven’t buggered the place up royally with say bio-chemical warfare (look at the state of Iraq) and nuclear fallout (US, Russia and China wanting the ability to nuke anything that comes ‘close’, radiation and explosive blowback be damned) and so all they’d have to really say is “look what they did, the b*stards, we can blame having 4 eyes, 6 fingered hands and 3 legs on them and having to live underground. Hey maybe if we find some amnesiacs we can claim we’re gods and get them to do all the work har har ahhh *trips over some spare appendage*”.
The ‘script’ is a term I found in a book by David Mitchell called ‘The Bone Clocks’ (2014) and I liked the way he used it as a name for the ‘thread’ that connects things/us together, some call it fate/destiny, some call it luck/chance, others causality and then there’s predictions/prophecy.
When I see people referring to famous oracles/prophets tend to err on the side of caution. I’m not a high and mighty skeptic who preaches/criticizes and does little to make things better and I don’t have any problem with the subject of divination, but I do think we’re missing a basic understanding of what a prediction/prophecy is. We make predictions all the time, especially about the weather, and sometimes we talk about them as assumptions and some of us are better at them than others – to the point of having the ‘gift’, the ‘sight’, ‘those things work for you’, ‘psychic’, ’empathetic’ etc. Again I have no problem with the likelihood of those things and just because I can’t do/see something doesn’t mean someone else can’t or it doesn’t exist, doesn’t mean they can or it does either but I think discernment gets pushed aside. People scoff at talking about their work in predictions e.g. stocks and shares being similar to prophecy, but they’re assuming the predictors they look down on don’t have education and intelligence or an ‘interesting’ societal family background. There is a difference between estimating and guessing, supposedly predictions is one and prophecy is the other but I think it’s a fine line between pride and how much you can get paid.
I personally don’t like very simplistic prophecy such as those oft quoted by Nostradamus and the bible. Accounting for the lack of terminology to describe things the seer couldn’t understand is one thing, but less than a handful of vague lines (and in rhyme) are practically pointless to the people you’re trying to warn/educate. Almost any similar event can be attributed to them and usually the detail of those is far better than the prediction. Unfortunately that is the quality of prophecy the public gets the most, a bit like ‘they have nuclear weapons and can detonate them in…’, whereas the notes/messages/reports which give better detail are kept secret for as long as possible and usually until after mass havoc has been wreaked and people left to carry remains of loved ones in plastic bags because what was left of hospitals were run ragged (Isreal vs Palestine) like meat from the butchers which I think is truly sad yet precise phrasing.
National security? Fat lot of good predictions/prophecy does for us then when we barely get to see them and we didn’t appreciate those people in their own time let alone in hindsight (perhaps after being found dead in mysterious or convenient circumstances). They just become one-of-many brief interruptions in day-to-day life.
As far as I’m concerned well known public predictions/prophecy tend to be plans. Plans that have been enacted, maybe not at the time they were planned but plans nonetheless. Whether the predictor/oracle knew about or was part of it is another matter, sometimes people are just more ‘in tune’ with what’s going on but that doesn’t mean they understand it or fully. Divination methods are supposed to help us focus and tell us what is most likely to happen in the situation if there is no significant change/deviation from the path afterall, they’re not certainties. It’s too hard to have the ‘whole’ picture so why do often act as if we do or assume somebody authoritative will know what we don’t and will tell us the truth instead of putting their career and funding/sponsors first?
It reminds me abit of Hercolubus aka Planet X, whatever that disturbance/effects on surrounding areas/bodies/and Earth really is. Research is there and ongoing, it’s been meticulously mentioned in ancient cultures, it’s been denied both forcibly and mockingly, it’s been revealed ‘hey presto’ style like by a magician to the public and the mystery continues. I don’t mind mysteries but some rather do cause tension in ‘real life’. What is real life anyway – when we’re awake? Why do we assume that everything we experience in approx 2/3 of our lives is real and that whole 1/3 we spend sleeping is unreal or made up? Quite the disservice to we do to ourselves there.
Mum believes in Planet X but I’m reticent, and if it does exist I wonder how much of it we’re seeing/will see. Long before the plasma universe come to the front of existential science and before the plasma tubes around the earth were drawn many of us said the sky and indeed the outer atmosphere was like a theatre and perhaps too much so for our liking. Are we really seeing what’s in our sky let alone what’s outside clearly? Long range telescopes and then satellites make it easier but at the same time our sky is currently full of metals that shouldn’t be there, makes clouds appear lighter/brighter/more reflective. Just ripe for an awesome hologram and we have come a long way in that field from using them at national events to replacing computers with virtual terminals in some councils. When I was in school I used to think the sky didn’t look ‘right’; sure there are explanations about how it looks/feels so thick/heavy to have such changeable weather and how we can see ‘colour’ in it like we do large bodies of water, but they didn’t and still don’t satisfy my question of ‘why’. For some reason I imagined the sky as looking more like dawn/sunset all the time, the vastness moving swiftly rather than appearing sluggish. Then I read about beings in other dimensions from different cultures and they had a similar outlook; a recent book by G. Willow Wilson called ‘Alif the Unseen’ (2013) describes it very well as a kind of beautiful twilight, darker than what we’re used to but clear. If we’re living in what is really an illusion/a veil of mirror effects (atmosphere composition) and sleight of hand (pollution) and if indeed that illusion helped allow us to live as we know it in the first place then it is our reality but that doesn’t mean we perceive it as it really is. Abit like living on the inside of a snowglobe. Also many of us have to rely on technology from places that we know were deceptive about cosmic events/bodies including X as well black out areas and are expert at image editing.
I think I’m also hesitant about it because of what Sitchin translated the Sumerians said lived there i.e. the Annunaki, such beings are not strange to old cultures or religion old or new (or all one thing just morphed and disseminated over time) so it doesn’t surprise me that they’d think the mysterious planet/star system was inhabited. What I wonder is why did we think those beings came from there and not Earth, and if they did come from outer space perhaps they’re not who they say and were exiled members of their race? Apparently they were scientists/engineers, nobility and entourage – I wonder if they had god(s). There’s all kinds of possibilities as to what they are doing here (and if they were/are real). I’ve never been against migration in general but I am against invasion and I do think you have to be responsible and conscientious to travel rather than golddiggers and slavers. But then again if it’s inhabited who says the beings that live on it are the ones the Sumerians/Sitchin described? The cradles of civilisation are littered with such beings and X’s orbit was mentioned in old India but not that the Annunaki lived on it. Why is that?
I then think about how people mistake military craft and operations for UFO activity and technically it is UFO activity until they admit it. Military have been living and working underground and on secret bases as part of stock and trade throughout history, even widescale without the public knowing it. India’s Trishaul Airbase (sounds pretty similar to trident eh, no difference – trishul is also the name of a missle) was so secret people didn’t even know what type of jets were coming out of there until the Garudas (MiG-25) were retired. Is it any wonder that people thought they were seeing UFOs in the disputed India/China border too? A lot of people intentionally live secretly, like the realms/homes of the ‘gods’ are in hard to reach places inspiring all kinds of hearsay and not always wrong just misunderstood.
Speaking about military/weapons being named after divinities and their instruments – religion and state are supposed to be separate but religion has always had a major stake in astronomy and were very adept long before modern tech; for people who like to think religion and science are separate it doesn’t help when the Vatican does things like build an observatory next to a telescope of which part is called Lucifer. What is this a race or a partnership? (Lucifer means lightbringer aka illumination and matches used to be called lucifers). CERN had a life size so-called Shiv statue in their lobby though anybody with any history knows that those dance posed statues are really of the pre-Vedic goddess but modern Hinduism would never admit that, let alone the way they’re playing with time/space and upsetting people with large blue beams. Also remember the super laser called Shiva in the 70’s? Why do we keep naming things after gods? That said there’s also a gene called Sonic the Hedgehog but it’s abit taboo and many refer to it by acronym SHH only.
I wonder which side Hollywood is on, it exists to stoke our fire.
One very interesting ‘game’ I haven’t been able to get my hands on is the INWO (Illuminate – New World Order) cards designed by Steven Jackson (role play games maker) in 1994/5 which eerily for many people had portends of events before they happened though as usual whether they referred to the events in question is hot discussion. Either way it’s a very cruel game and not unlike some video games we have now. But why would this be considered prediction and lines from Nostradamus prophecy? Just because one is older than the other? Don’t we still have masonic lodges? Members are considered harmless older generation (they don’t have to be middle age or older) but the practical purpose of joining is to be amongst one’s peers and class, working the way up through their degrees/levels for a less bureaucratic hassle in non-lodge reality and to have influence in the way the local area is run whilst part of a wider network, something that comes ‘naturally’ if the members consist of people with influence, authority or at least professional status. Harmless old guys (and now women) who do ‘juvenile’ and ‘stupid’ things like cosplay, point weapons at each other and chant invocations. Bit like a house of… god? Sounds like a cult really.
Mum once wanted to go to a hypnotism seminar… (The only good thing about it was the food.) There were three males and a woman, two of the men were the mouthpieces, the other the setup/tech guy and the woman had a more hands on approach. I’ve never ridiculed hypnotism, I’m aware that there are various forms and that it does work for and against different people, but this was a sham imo. The main speaker was disabled and played on it for all it was worth saying how it enabled him to get closer to people and talked about behavioural reactions like if someone is upset you go to them and put a hand on their knee and talk in a soft tone. The other guy claimed he wasn’t a somnambulist but apparently the disabled one had the ‘fluence’ over him and could put him under anytime, so ta da at the snap of the fingers he suddenly slumped but managed to remain perched on the edge of the table and was ‘under’. People were impressed, gasping but seriously if you’ve known actors… I wanted to pinch him at least. They said using surroundings to your advantage helps you in hypnosis so when I asked if the psychedelic pattern on the carpet, the drapes and the low fluorescent lighting helped in catalyzing involuntary/natural reactions in people and whether that helped in persuasion they went red, said that if I wanted it to work I mustn’t question so much, (decided I was a problem) and singled me out from then on. They tried to say I was upset and if I wanted I could have my money back and leave. I said I was fine, I just thought I’d understood what they meant and so had asked for confirmation. The main guy came over to me and lo and behold put on a molly coddling voice, put his hand above my knee and tried to ‘soothe’ me, I thought ‘you dirty old….’ he was actually making me uncomfortable and conscious of it in front of everybody and I couldn’t say ‘please could you remove your hand, I don’t like it and I don’t even know you’ because he was disabled and it would look like I was making a fuss or being mean. My sister understood that and said as much to me afterwards. I also knew that the male instructors weren’t on the same page because when talking to me individually they categorized me differently under their ‘three personality types’.
When we were split into groups to try ‘hypnotizing’ each other and when it was my go the lady I was using the technique on said she felt very comfortable and very safe up until I started describing a clown who’d come into the cave. I’d found that strange myself, I’d prepared my speech and then was suddenly talking about a clown and trying to say don’t worry everything is alright but it wasn’t – we both agreed it ruined everything. It turned out the ‘I’m not really a somnambulist but my buddy has full control over me’ guy had come up behind me to watch my turn and that’s when I got uncomfortable and couldn’t keep control of the image. Later when I ended up next to the main ‘teacher’ and before I could say something generically polite he burst out with “there’s lots of people like you, you’re not the only one, there’s lots of people like you, you’re not special” I didn’t know what to say after that so I moved on.
The thing is the woman was doing something different – she was able to discern people’s emotions even when they were blank faced and not moving. She would feel around your magnetic field aka your aura. She did that to my sister who described “it was freaky, I didn’t like it and said nah I’m not doing this”. The rest of us had done a one-on-one exercise where one person was the so-called hypnotist and the other sat with one arm extended from the elbow at waist level and closed their eyes. You then introduce yourself, start describing a scene and see how they react – if they’re supposedly someone who can be hypnotized you can see their eyes move under the lids and their arm moves up to their face which quite frankly just describes normal body movements 🙄 but they thought they could use that as proof that you were hypnotized, and smugly in my case. But she was doing something else, something they didn’t talk about let alone teach and at the end when I wanted to talk to her, the tech guy made a big issue of how she must come with him, literally pulling her away from me. I said only a couple of questions please, just a minute and I was as polite as I could be but he wasn’t having it, he’d been in the background until then. That’s not the first time something like that’s happened either – it was exactly the same at a small play I went to where they actually built the temporary theatre in a playground and the building and play were… Unusual. I wanted to compliment the author afterwards but some random guy barged in between and pulled the actress I was asking for directions away and looking at me like I don’t know what.
People are weird and scared. I wonder where they get it from and why it seems to be a justification for bad behaviour.
Mum was briefly into radionics so I bought one of the machines and a simple alternate version. It was very interesting though I don’t know if it worked.
Frequency is a controversial subject; everything vibrates to and reacts with other frequencies. We all have a number/a frequency which is like a signature and we hear frequencies within a range, but we are affected by frequencies around/through us whether we hear them or not. Various frequencies can shift our moods, make us sleepy, more alert, feel relaxed, or fear for example. Many people also suffer from tinnitus which some claim comes from within the ear and others say they are ‘hearing’ in their heads rather than feeling as if it stops at the ears; ultrasonics, Extremely Low or Extremely High Frequencies. Even in quiet times we hear a lot of background ‘noise’ and there’s been increasing reports int he past few years of towns/neighborhoods in the UK hearing intrusive ‘sounds’/booms/piercing noise especially at night and effecting their sleep but there’s no official answer other than um… They’re hearing things.
Radionics was a method of tuning a machine to do tasks like help plants grow or even input your signature number and make personalized medicines. You’d get your number using a pendulum and a number table and to anyone who knows pendulums do move for them you’ll know what I mean when I say there’s no mistaking its direction, they can really move far and ‘pull’ one way or another. Pendulums usually work for me (though dowsing rods don’t damnit 😛 ) but it just wouldn’t when trying to get my number, not even a zero. A bit like one of the parrots who got involved in discussions, debating with every part of his little body, properly into it, there was no stopping his opinions (not that we wanted to) but if you ever asked him for lottery numbers… Total silence. Keeping schtum, mum’s the word, you’re not getting anything outta me matey and sometimes he’d even fly off. That was what this pendulum and other pendulums were doing to me. Fine then, I don’t want a number anyway! I’m person not an asset/number/name etc! 🙂
Unfortunately the machine didn’t seem to work for Mum even though she had a number, it was a second hand older model but still very expensive. It didn’t help that our neighbours were massively noisy and seemed to move everywhere we did at the same time – synchronized kitchen going, toilet, bathing. *Sigh*
Whilst I’m unsure about radionics I do find that white noise can sometimes be very helpful, some frequencies can be very oppressive, binaural beats do work (binocular vision colour discrimination and the pendulum phase coming into sync experiments interesting in themselves) and ambient sounds (waterfalls/rain/storms etc) aren’t my thing. I think with radionics or playing certain frequencies for specific effects on the body you not only need quality sound equipment but also close range and containment (decreased chance of conflicting with other frequencies). There might be other factors too like with yoga where it’s a system of breath, sound, nervous ending positioning (hands/feet), posture and movement and ideally within a peaceful, clean environment and diet – even with a few of those factors though people notice life changes and improvements especially as different types of yoga focus on different things but like parts of martial arts there are also direct manual overrides like forcing yourself to feel calm and ease chronic pain by applying forms of pressure to certain points. It’s not like acupuncture, it’s a bit more like acupressure but those two are hit and miss. Yoga and martial arts are more rigorous and get the job done imo but at the same time all these ways of life and health have a place, your body always wants to return to its ‘last best settings’ but you have to live holistically for it all to come together, not an easy or even doable feat for many.
Bugbear of the day – people constantly demanding and expecting above average standards, always going on about ‘high standard’, ‘very high standard’ and what are they paying? Minimum wage. Typical, everything and everyone’s a commodity, buy cheap sell high. The Long Earth really does sound appealing but I don’t think Earth inhabitants deserve to go anywhere let alone ‘start again’, we have enough levels of corruption..
Oh and being reminded of Nicole Kidman’s implication that it’s justifiable to get dressed up, have a big bash and pat each other on the back and at a cost that most people will never see in their lives (i.e. the Oscars) when the country went to war and soldiers were dying and killing others because their lives were worth less than her shoes. Why? “Because art is important.” Yes it is but in the order of things, people suffering is more important and unless you’re making films about that, teaching, informing, understanding, and focused instead of ‘look at how awesome I was in that, wasn’t I fabulous, I so deserve an award’ then it’s not worth it and you didn’t get the point of your part, other than your pay packet. You don’t portray the pain of a situation just to go celebrate and act like the filming of it was more important than the event(s) let alone pretend it’s over, and what – all films are lofty? No.