Saturday, May 22, 2010

Last haven for mankind

Shangri-La, an ancient place that holds mankinds' last knowledge. This was also the title of an anime we had been watching recently, and it was trying to convey a powerful message through strange depictions of human nature. The setting occurs in the near future where most of the world is submerged under water after the massive glacial surfaces melted as a result of multiple variations of excessive carbon pollution caused by over-consumption and industries. Regular baseball sized hailstorms referred as 'bomb shower' rain down on the surface due to the depleted ozone layer, killing crops that humans need while creating mutant wildlife threatening the few remaining metropolis that the surviving mankinds built. The countries that were left all depended on this 'carbon' economy where they are regulated by how much carbon they can emit, and humans begin to fall back on superstition rituals to try and survive. I can't believe that an anime featuring illogical depictions can be so logical afterall. Ironic, yet realistic. Doesn't this sound familiar though? Manmade disasters, genetic engineering, mutant creatures, crazy hailstorms are just like the norm of what we live through in our current world. How much longer will it take before humans recognizes these trends as a wakeup call?

June 5th comment: Check this out, Jap is doing exactly what we see in sci-fi movies/anime.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Endless work

Life's weird.
When we are children; we strive hard in school to get good grades to pass grade X. When we are youths; we study hard to get into a good university so that we can get a better job. When we are adults; we work hard so we can save up for a house or enough to start a family. When we are mid-age; we save hard so there's enough for kids education' or retirement funds.
Before we know it, time just flew by and we're retired - but we'll be too old to enjoy activities we missed out before, or people that are not there anymore.
Dangit, why so serious or work so hard?