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2020-12-15 | Journal | Menagerie

I watched the second part of The Menagerie today while working out. It is interesting, because Sean and I had a discussion just this morning about how she thought in collapse people would not be able to operate existing machinery, they were so isolated. She used a diesel engine as an example. I was reading a book called The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell. While I was interested in it at first, the fact that the author sets up the book in a scenario where the population falls drastically before we use up our resources makes the book much less appealing to me. This is for two reasons: first off, the pyramid we build from resources for industrial civilization is part of the problem, and recreating that, even in fantasy, is avoiding the harder question of where we want to end up; secondly, it seems much more likely that we will bump up against any and all limits to growth and suck what is left of the planet's resources down, pushing into more and more difficult avenues, so that when we do collapse it will likely take millennia to recover in some areas, and millions of years in others.

Vina says:

But they found it's a trap, like a narcotic, because when dreams become more important than reality, you give up travel, building, creating. You even forget how to repair the machines left behind by your ancestors. You just sit, living and reliving other lives left behind in the thought record.

This episode was written by Roddenberry, who I already have an issue with as far as the plane crash story. But this all kind of fits. We get the steak scene in The Matrix. In fact, the episode fits perfectly into the premise of The Knowledge. Further, another of Sean and my movies we share together, Until the End of the World, addresses the narcotic effect of the dreams. It really is a fabulous intersection of ideas. Also, just for creativity and style in working The Cage into a two-part episode, that was pure genius.


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2020-12-26: Playing in the Band
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2020-11-07: End of the World

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2019-07-25: Relax Down
2019-07-25: Dead Pigeon
2019-06-15: We Are Docents!
2019-05-27: Plumb Line
2019-05-07: Pushing Down
2019-04-21: Insanity of Conviction
2019-03-29: Sea Ice
2019-03-13: Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
2018-10-06: Cut-up Collapse
2018-08-10: Persist
2018-04-18: Days
2017-12-29: Hope vs. Action
2017-09-05: Moses Lake
2017-07-09: Green Day
2017-06-21: Concert
2017-05-08: Until the End of the World
2017-04-23: Science March
2017-03-28: Eye of Providence
2017-02-17: Odd
2017-01-29: Meta
2017-01-11: The exponential aspects
2016-08-09: Alone
2016-01-18: Sports
2016-01-08: RCP 8.5
2015-12-10: Macro Level
2015-05-18: Mad Max: Fury Road
2015-01-01: Bad Things and Happiness
2014-12-22: Bath Salts Christmas
2014-05-08: Whole Year Inn
2013-07-13: Simplifying, Stopping, Imploding, Movement
2013-05-18: Looting
2012-12-16: Meat Implosion
2011-05-02: Glassy Eyes
2010-10-08: Double Rainbow Vision
2010-08-30: The Wrong Ladder