The world can't be all bad while people continue to do things like this...
Couple of movies I'm keen to see...
Movies that I am not convinced by, judging by the trailer alone...
- Beowulf - I'm sorry, but what is this film about? (Pretty sure I read the poem in Year Seven, and I still have no clue.) I'm right on the edge of my seat, but only because I'm waiting for the "actors" to fall into the Uncanny Valley
- The Dark is Rising
- The Spiderwick Chronicles
On the other hand, now is a good time to have already written a successful fantasy series.
The natural endpoint of Lapsarianism is apocalypse. If things get worse, and worse, and worse, eventually they'll just run out of worseness. Eventually, they'll bottom out, a kind of rotten death of the universe when Lapsarian entropy hits the nadir and takes us all with it.
Running counter to Lapsarianism is progressivism: the Enlightenment ideal of a world of great people standing on the shoulders of giants. Each of us contributes to improving the world's storehouse of knowledge (and thus its capacity for bringing joy to all of us), and our descendants and proteges take our work and improve on it. The very idea of "progress" runs counter to the idea of Lapsarianism and the fall: it is the idea that we, as a species, are falling in reverse, combing back the wild tangle of entropy into a neat, tidy braid.
Of course, progress must also have a boundary condition — if only because we eventually run out of imaginary ways that the human condition can improve. And science fiction has a name for the upper bound of progress, a name for the progressive apocalypse:
We call it the Singularity.
You won't be sorry you watched this.
(via Endicott Studio)