Monday, August 29, 2011

That's My Philosophy

Movies are such an important component of many people's lives, not just cinephiles. They teach us things, give us hopes and dreams, inform our personalities and sometimes they even change our world-view. That's what this new feature will focus on. What in film has altered or informed my way of thinking? Let's start with a goodin'.

"What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world."
- Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

The whole scene in which this line is uttered is pretty tremendous. Hammond and company are all sitting around a table enjoying their Chilean Sea Bass when they start discussing the merits of his accomplishment (the resurrection of dinosaurs!). Much to Hammond's dismay, his esteemed guests from the scientific community aren't too high on what he's trying to do, least of all Jeff Goldblum's chaotician character, Ian Malcolm.

Malcolm has a plethora of good lines, but the above-quoted is probably the best and ever-increasing in real-world relevance.

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