Saturday, February 16, 2008

Failure etched in Stone

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die." Batty (Rutger Hauger in Bladerunner)

This is one of the most poignant lines given by an actor. He's done things - did great deeds. But when he dies, who will remember them, what will he count for? He wondered loudly.

The quest for immortality for meaning is embeded in the hearts of men.

You see them in the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China... but you know what I see? I see failure etched in stone.

They totally failed in their objective.

The Pyramids were a terrible waste of funds - the Pharohs must have ransacked their treasury to build those stupid things. They serve no useful purpose. Just one big building to help comfort a king - that there's an afterlife with Egyptian gods... and a big beacon to grave robbers.

As for the Great Wall - what an exercise in futility. Totally failed in its task to keep out the barbarians. And most likely lulled the stupid emperors of China into la-la land.

But that's what some people end up doing yeah? Wasting their entire lives on totally useless tasks:

Building Pyramids in the Desert. Monuments to Stupidity.

1 comment:

Kathleen Ang said...

Quite right. These wonders are beautifully architecturally, aren't they, but they were dedicated to obscene indulgance and not to the causes that would make a real difference to the needy. And this keeps happening over and over again, even now, in places especially where there is obscenely enough money to build islands and road as runways.