• Posted on: 7 July 2015
  • By: jared

They say writing can be introspective. So can watching movies. Having lots of time to kill, I decided to watch the less than stellar robot movie Chappie. (Spoiler Alert) Chappie, a damaged robot bound for the scrapper is upgraded with a true A.I. He quickly comes the realization that his damaged frame will lose power and he will die. Confused and concerned he questions his maker "Why did you make me so I would die". I paused form a moment to contemplate why our created, in his infant glory, would create these bodies. Each with a seemingly random expatriation date. I pondered the renowned french philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience". The robot Chappie was angry with his maker. He spent the rest of the film trying to overcome what he viewed as a flaw in his makers plan.

I've seen family, and many friends pass away. While I do miss their company, I don't for a minute think there was a mistake in having a short mortal existence. As Teilhard points out, we are a spiritual beings. We each have a spirit. The existence of our spirit began long before come to this Earth, and will extend instantly beyond our mortal life here. This life has a purpose. I'll leave what that purpose to you and your spiritual leader(s). Once that purpose has been meet we can return home. Rather than spending our time preoccupied with our eventual mortal ending, we can actually enjoy ourselves. A do so with integrity. Apparently for me that means watching terrible robot movies.