I hope I’m going to wake up in a few days and discover that this was all some huge publicity stunt. That our world hasn’t been taken over by fanatics and that Hollywood isn’t taking orders from some spoiled dictator on the other side of the world.
C’mon people this is America we’re talking about! A few years ago we would have laughed at threats like these and kept going about our business. But unfortunately, we’re a bit older and wiser now, and too many things have happened for us to ignore the new realities of our world.
Here they are in black and white:
#1 Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide: Our world is completely integral meaning that we are all caught up in each other’s lives whether we like it or not. We may want to run away from it all and not deal with it right now but guess what? We have no choice. The universe will make us face the music.
# 2 We can’t get along here together: Since we have invested so much in our distinct identities that separate and categorize us so successfully, our world has become an extremely complex and challenging place.
# 3 Hollywood will never be the same: There are a lot of bruised egos in Tinseltown this week and it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg. There is always a warning before the big storm. Hollywood’s tarnished image actually started a couple of weeks ago with the ugly Bill Cosby affair.
#4 We’re living in a transparent world: There are no more secrets. Everything is hackable except our personal thoughts and that will probably change in the near future.
#5 Our environment defines us: We like to think we’re unique and perfect but given certain circumstances we would all behave exactly the same as those Sony executives or the spoiled dictator, and that is because our environment dictates to us how to behave.
Having said all that my heart goes out to my funny fellow Canadians Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg who just wanted us all to have a good laugh.
So ‘The Interview’ never actually took place but this is still the most talked-about movie ever. I was looking forward to having a good laugh like everyone else but instead of that we find ourselves wondering what is happening here? What is happening to our greatest institutions? What is happening to the greatest country in the world? And the big one no one really wants to think about at all: What has happened to the American dream?
I believe ‘The Interview’ will be rescheduled. But in the meantime we need to think about whether we got the message from this whole exercise: We may not always agree with it but we are inextricably tied together and must learn to get along here together. We are all vital parts of the whole. None of us will be able to enjoy life until we start getting the message and rethinking our way of life.
The universe has many more tricks up its sleeve to help us get there.