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Life takes us many places. It's a box of chocolates and a Hansel and Gretal trail of candy wrappers. I have filmed as an actor in The Happening, Invincible, The Lovely Bones, The Bounty Hunter, The Greek American, Bazookas, Limitless, TV's Its Always Sunny in Philly, Outlaw, New York, The Warrior, The Nail, Game Change, Cold Case, & commercial work includes The Philadelphia Eagles, Septa, Coors, Turbo Tax & Carnival Cruises. Freudian Slips spotlights irony in short story format.

July 20, 2006

One Minute to Midnight

The present will not long endure. - Pindar, Greek poet
Theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking recently went public to post the following question on Yahoo:
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?
I studied the question for a whole week. The words began to sound more like a rhetorical statement warning damnation than a pointed question needing dire solution. If arguably the smartest man on the planet is posing the most important question left in civilization, human beings must indeed be teetering on the brink of self-destruction. If utter genius does not have answers to save the species from extinction, does he think Yahoo members can pop off instant messages to save the world? Could the real intent of Hawking's question be to unify the troubled world?
I have been sharing Hawking's pessimism for years. Mankind’s continued consumption and complication of this world only reinforces my position of retreat as a fatalist. Despite the unfathomable good inside us, I too believe that human beings have long been ignoring their spirit and erring on a wayward course towards annihilation. As we reach the tipping point, inhospitable reminders beg our attention. Tsunamis. Category 4 hurricanes. A depleted ozone layer. Global warming. World hunger. Animal species becoming extinct. Overpopulation. Deforestation. The splintering of countries and religions. Nuclear armament. Terrorism on a global scale. The cycle of war.
I personally do not believe there is enough international consensus to seize the moment and right our course. Hawking outlines a hundred year timeline but that is like one minute to midnight on the earth’s clock. It may take a world event by a higher power to ignite an awakening in mankind to save the planet he cruelly inhabits. A big bang to force us from a black hole! Which brings me to my return email to one Stephen Hawking.
Extraterrestrial intervention may be the only way, Stephen
. -Joe Tornatore

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7 Comments:

Blogger Merci said...

Best post I've read anywhere in quite awhile. Very powerful.

I think we are unintentionally careening toward annihilation, and we may unintentionally veer away. I see so much randomness in everything these days.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Monty Python summed up the same message in a song in the movie The Meaning of Life:

"...and you better hope there's some intelligent life out there cause there's bugger all down here on Earth."

Of course one might argue that's a "glass is half empty" way to look at things...

10:49 PM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

merci,
thanks.

Andrew,
The world must be coming to an end. You quoted Monty Python right after Stephen Hawking. lol

12:02 AM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Joe,
Again I am in awe of your talents. The world we live in today is so far removed from that of the one envisioned in my youth. Its frightening to say the least. You have once again said it all so well.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Zelda,
Thanks. Remember me when I go to Voorhees. lol

9:16 PM  
Anonymous joey b said...

It does seem nearly impossible to "Always look on the bright side of life," as of late. I will be joining you in Voorhees the end of August. I hope Stephen isn't so intelligent that he misses your humor

2:08 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

Joey B.
You got to admire the portability of purgatory. lol

10:40 AM  

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