We always ask ourselves “why” because we look for intention around us, because we always do something with intention. You know, we boil an egg in order to eat it. So, we look at the rocks and we look at the trees, and we wonder what intention is here, even though it doesn’t have intention. So we think, what did this person who made this world intend it for. And this is the point where you think, ‘Well, it fits me very well.’
And it’s rather like a puddle waking up one morning — I know they don’t normally do this, but allow me, I’m a science fiction writer. A puddle wakes up one morning and thinks, ‘This is a very interesting world I find myself in. It fits me very neatly. In fact, it fits me so neatly, I mean, really precise, isn’t it? It must have been made to have me in it!’
And the sun rises, and he’s continuing to narrate the story about this hole being made to have him in it. And the sun rises, and gradually the puddle is shrinking and shrinking and shrinking, and by the time the puddle ceases to exist, it’s still thinking, it’s still trapped in this idea, that the hole was there for it.
And if we think that the world is here for us, we will continue to destroy it in the way that we’ve been destroying it, because we think we can do no harm.
Douglas Adams, Parrots, the Universe and Everything, a speech given at the University of California, 2001. (via hitchhikersguidequotes)
So, I’m at the local cinema to see The Woman in Black.* And the UK trailer for Hodejegerne, aka Headhunters, comes on. I have seen trailers for this one before. It’s in Norwegian. This is known. And how does the UK trailer deal with this fact?
It has no dialogue. Not entirely unexpected, but still…