Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
by KimLenox on March 20th, 2009

I’ve always been interested in the origins of superstitions in a historical sense, but don’t believe in many myself.

Like Sharon, I have a very healthy respect for nature. As humans, I think we’ve really managed to mess things up, and I just don’t understand why some people just don’t care. There’s not a lot that will get me “hot” but — a kid ripping the branch of a tree on the playground, or the guy tossing his fast food bag out the window, or the woman who throws her cigarrette butt into the ocean really get me steamed. Somehow, deep inside, I believe if we don’t take care of nature, she’s not going to take care of us.

I get a very foreboding chill down my spine when I hear about things like the bee colonies collapsing or mass whale beachings.

And so along those lines, I guess one of my only superstitions might be that I get a bit anxious when watching apocolyptic disaster movies involving nature gone awry or horrible plagues or asteroids slamming into earth.

Remember not so long ago, when the only “terrorists” we knew about were those crazy long haired guys with guns on the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies? They weren’t really scary, because they were just movie actors with fake guns, setting off carefully choreographed explosions. Things are very different now, aren’t they?

Yes, on lazy Saturday afternoons, I do sometimes get sucked into a disaster movie and enjoy it, but some part of me always whispers, “No, that is NOT cool even if it is special effects … what if?”

I have a secret fear of fiction turning into reality, of those movies being a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago.” – Dr. Zaius (Planet of the Apes)

Snort! It’s against my nature to end on TOO down of a note! Let’s discuss!

5 comments to “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”

  1. 1

    You’re right about the disaster movies–they leave you with that shiver down the spine. Although, I must say, “The Day After Tomorrow” didn’t effect me as much because I live in Nova Scotia, and we all saw what happened there! I figure if that particular set of circumstances come to pass, I won’t survive it to worry overmuch about the aftermath :shock: There’s an interesting site you might want to check out where they review movies with regards to the physics used by the film makers. It’s really quite funny, and puts things nicely into perspective when we start to worry about all the disastrous things that (they say) could happen: http://www.intuitor.com/moviephysics/


  2. 2

    This is a completely valid fear. When sci-fi is well-rooted in scientific fact, it often ends up becoming reality, eventually. Think about some of those Trekkie inventions we all use, like flip phones, e-readers and flat screen computer monitors. Well, I think the same can be said about the not-so-fun parts of science. Environmental disaster stories are all based on exactly what scientists are warning us about. Humans, as a group, really need to start listening better. (Sometimes I’m actually embarassed to be human. Anyone else ever feel that way?)

    Yikes! Sorry, Kim! I didn’t make you feel any better, did I?


  3. 3

    I actually like disaster flicks…maybe because they make my current life look pretty darn good. Like Allison, I think I secretly hope the human race takes heed.


  4. 4

    Like Annette, I sort of love disaster flicks. As a child of the Cold War, I had a particular affinity for any movie where radiation made things enormous. Especially ants. And tarantulas. Rabbits, little harder to believe.

    You Canadians are responsible for one of my personal faves, Deadly Eyes, the 1982 monster movie where humans once again bring on their own demise, this time via contaminated grain, which turns a tide of rats vicious.

    The rats were actually dachshunds in rat suits. Awesome.


  5. 5

    Dachshunds in rat suits????

    Now there’s a horror movie ….


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