Wanderers – An Optimistic Window to the Future

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What’s the last science fiction film you’ve seen? The last science fiction book you’ve read? Did it record events in a dangerous and terrifying future? Alien invasion? Dystopian futures where only the brave and radical can survive? Perhaps a future where the earth dies and humanity is forced to find life or help elsewhere? Robotic uprising? A space opera in which a band of rebels must stop impending doom? What do these themes, found in nearly all corners of the genre, have in common? They present a pessimistic glimpse into a future that, while enjoyable to experience from the comfort of your seat, offers us little hope for the future.

The following short film by director Erik Wernquist gives us one of the most optimistic portals into the future I’ve ever seen. Wanderers is a simple, but masterful piece of film, that suggests only one thing: hope.

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9 thoughts on “Wanderers – An Optimistic Window to the Future”

  1. Remember Real Nature Of Life–It Sucks For Sinners Like Us Humans–Always Has, Always Will–It’s What Makes For True Appreciation Of “Happiness”

    Tiger: I submit u over-estimate the film, featuring kike, Carl Sagan, one of the greatest blow-hards who EVER existed (“billions and billions of stars,” ho ho hoh o ho).

    Don’t forget the lesson given in Bible, including New Test., and coming fm Greeks too, and seconded by all our greatest wise-men of Western culture: LIFE SUCKS–it’s one problem after another. And there’s NOTHING that mankind doesn’t screw-up, corrupt, and pervert sooner or later.

    Only children imagine one can “live happily ever after”–’cause life sucks; humans are sinners, and life is WAR, as Homer teaches in Illiad, confirmed by Plato, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Neitzsche, Darwin, et al.

    But it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some happiness when it comes our way, we only appreciating it, no doubt, as it’s sooooo seldom.

    I guess over there in Australia it’s already Christmas eve (the 24th), eh? So Merry Christmas to u. A.

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  2. I think you quite miss the point here. Life does suck. But that doesn’t invalidate the beauty of exploration, the wonder of discovery, and the hope of understanding and first-hand experience. Sure, life will surely continue sucking (war, pestilence, perversion, etc.) if this system of things is to continue. But the point of the video is to present a side of science fiction that diverges from the seemingly ceaseless stream of pessimistic portents and to show there’s more than self-inflicted pain and suffering in our future.

    And with that goal in mind, I think you’ll agree the filmmakers present quite a powerful case.

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    1. I agree.

      It’s interesting to note that optimism is so rare in science fiction that simply being non-apocalyptic is a powerful message.

      If our dreams and symbols really do express the prototypes of our future we need a lot more Wanderers and a lot fewer Oblivions, Elysiums etc. 🙂

      And Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful bride!

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    2. Geek: how could I “miss the pt.” if u agree life sucks?–and I noted that SOME “happiness,” however short-lived does occur. Then u insert, “if this system of things is to continue”–what “system” are u talking about?–it doesn’t matter what “system” it is, life will continue to suck, overall, PERIOD–if it didn’t we wouldn’t know or appreciate whatever happiness that occurs, would we?

      Don’t we already know there’s “more than self-inflicted pain…,” etc.?–it’s quite often interspersed w. other things, right? If u agree life sucks, then I’ve achieved end of my argument, right?–how can u say u agree, and then continue to argue against the thesis?–u’re just trying to have it both ways, seems to me.

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