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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Money is like moments lost in time, like tears in the rain

Money is subject to existential futility because it is temporary and of limited meaning in life. Seen in a different light, money is a fleeting token or reward that compensates lack of faith. Rutger Hauer captured and described this existential dilemma of a souless life in the film "Bladerunner",  which is based on the novel "Do androids dream of electric sheep?".  

In his ad hoc soliloquey before dying, the android Roy expresses how all that he has experienced will go away after his passing. Money, like experience is left behind, but experience is the stuff of memory, which may actually persist according to neurologist Dr. Eben Alexander in the book "Proof of heaven". Roy's ironically timeless fiction also persists in the YouTube excerpt below:

Perhaps in metaphor, the human replicant named Roy actually did have a moneyless soul as the dove in his hand is freed after his passing. Again, with or without a soul, Roy's existential issue is that the things of human and pseudo-human life are temporary.

The fact of the matter however, is that all that exists, is. Whether one chooses to deny what happens before one's very eyes is a choice, but as with many things in life, not all decisions are necessarily the right ones; such is the human condition. The choice to value or not value money, and how it is used is consequently a matter of one's perspective on life.

So given how many actual ways of doing and seeing things in addition to the myriad of recorded perceptions both in science and everyday reality, is it really so far fetched to think one of these things might actually be soulful spiritual being? Fiction or not, spirituality exists and practicing it is a choice no stranger than some other beliefs. For example, does it really make a lot of sense to believe in money so much that all other perception and understanding of the world is clouded over by notions of finance?

Human biological life begins to decay sometime between 20-25 years of age. Following this, a slow life-long palliative condition of terminal decline takes hold. It is in this often slow weakening of the human body that wisdom emerges and people come to realize all that they are in this world includes what they do in it. 

The lives we lead differ greatly and are influenced by personality, belief, profession and our biological condition among other things. These lives happen in a very strange place called Earth, with its alleged ghosts, bigfoots, psychics, scientists, artists, mass beliefs, miracles, births etc.

In a similar vein of reasoning, perhaps the Furion/Necromonger from "Chronicles of Riddick" who says,  "We all began as something else" before walking into a fiery heat so hot that he was sure to burn knew something of this. In other words, and via the possibility of analogy, he comes to learn that what he has become is not worth as much as what he had been or where he came from. Rather than letting the dove fly after passing away, he drops his knife before voluntarily burning what he had become. Is his Furion self representative of his true purpose in life and potentially his more spiritually inclined self?

There seems to be a creative parallelism between the two scenes. You'd have to ask the film's director if he or she was inspired by "Bladerunner" when making this latter clip. So what does any of this have to do with money again? Not much really, which is the whole point.

If all you live for is money, then all you value will eventually be lost in the rain just like Roy in Bladerunner; and all that you become may be just as empty as the Furion turned Necromonger in "Chronicles of Riddick". Those whose empty materialism eats away at their soul may understand this character quite well.

Just in case the message of this post is still not clear,  another work of art conveys a similar existential message of temporary mortal life. Specifically the song, "Dust in the wind", originally sung by Kansas. However, the version below is a flattering remake in which the verse "All we do crumbles to the ground and we refuse to see" is sung.

What exactly are we refusing to see?


  1. 'tis the season to be introspective. Interesting interpretation of some classic sci fi.

    1. It was written in advance, but 'twas the season Linda.