As I write this post, I’m sitting on a Sunday afternoon watching one of my favorite movies: “Matrix Reloaded“. If you’ve never seen the Matrix Trilogy, then some of what I describe will be a bit foreign to you. And you’re missing out on three of the best movies ever made. It’s not just about the action, explosions & the amazingly choreographed fight scenes: it’s also about the messages and morals of the story.
The particular scenes in the movie that prompted this article, are called We Are Still Here and Celebrating Humanity. Some people don’t think the second scene had any real connection to the movie–but it does. You see, in less than 72 hours, the Machines will arrive at the city of Zion–the last human city on earth. There will be massive destruction and an enormous amount of loss of human life. So, why not celebrate life and love for what could be your last time?
But the thing that really gets me about this scene are the people. The cast isn’t just made up of all, or a majority of one race, religion, or sexual preference. The people are an amalgamation of every type of person on the planet who survived. It’s a very beautiful sight to see so many people celebrating together without care of color, beliefs, or any of the other ridiculous mess that we fight over and judge each other for.
Without one another, we are doomed to walk this life alone. Heck even Mad Max didn’t stay alone that much. He had a dog and a wild crazy man (for a few days) named The Gyro Captain. Luke Skywalker had his sister, best friend and two robots; C-3PO and R2-D2 the real hero of the series.
I could go on with other stories as well, but the point I’m trying to make, is that Sci-fi takes us to amazing heights. It takes us to imagined places, levels of existence and technological possibilities that stretch the mind and give us more to hope and dream for than our own infinitesimally tiny corner of the universe.
Just yesterday, a fellow writer told me that what I write is amazing, because I have to create all of the planets, languages, civilizations, etc… That’s a lot of work. But I chose this genre to write because:
- 1). I love it
- 2). It’s a fantastic challenge
- 3) I can create a galaxy where there are people who don’t really care whether or not the person sitting next to them has blue skin and four arms.
As a sci-fi writer, I refuse to be classified by my race, gender, beliefs or sexuality, regardless of what other people believe. I will purpose to be a writer of a pure fiction that frees the mind and teaches others to reach outside of their perceived boundaries of color and class and to embrace our differences instead of fighting them.
So tell me, how do you see others? Do you only associate with the same color or religion, or are you capable of respecting others’ rights to their differences and are therefore open to the possibilities? I’m not advocating giving up your core beliefs. I am, however, advocating having a more open mind, less acceptance of racism, classism, and all other forms of prejudice. Diversity shouldn’t be a curse word: it should be a way of life. Yeah, I got all of that just from two scenes in a movie.