People Going Nutters For Avatar

January 14th, 2010 | by Sqotty |

Okay, I admit it. I don’t have a lot of patience for nutters who live in their parents basements blaming mankind for all that is bad in the world and wanting a utopia, then go into suicidal depression when they realize that fantasy utopias like we see in the movie Avatar do not, in fact exist.

I have not seen the movie, Avatar, so I don’t know a lot about it. I hope to find time to see it in the near future. But the fact that people come out of it thinking that Man is the greatest evil, and that capitalism is the next greatest evil, in the universe, tells me something is wrong in the universe.

From CNN news:

James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.

On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope.

Need help coping with post-Avatar depression? I can help you with three words: Get a life! (This can be further shortened to two words: Grow up!) That means, go out and get a job, a better education, learn new skills, take up interesting hobbies (but if you are depressed from watching Avatar, please stay away from anything that involves any kind of weapon, and stay out of politics), make a few real-time friends (you know, not the people you post updates to on Facebook all day long, but people you go out for pizza and beer and have a face-to-face conversation).

Avatar is a work of fiction. Based on my limited knowledge, he certainly sounds anti-Western culture, much like Dances With Wolves and The Last Samurai were anti-Western (and I don’t mean Western genre). It communicates that Corporations, Captialism, and Marines are greedy, evil and bad.

Reality Check – Corporations and Capitalism are not greedy, evil, or bad. There are individuals who are greedy (former Congressman William Jefferson with his freezer full of bribe money, and most dictators, and many U.N officials, evil (Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Osama bin Ladin, and a host of others), and/or bad (most members of Congress, convicts, and the people involved in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal are some good examples). Corporations are inanimate objects used by people to make profits. Some of these people could be described as bad and/or greedy. Capitalism is an ideology and is incapable of being greedy/evil/bad. Marines, as a whole, as well as other members of our Armed Forces, and those of our allies, are forces of good and examples of self-sacrifice (exact opposite of greed) and courage.

So, if you are suffering post-Avatar depression, you really need to spend some serious time re-evaluating your priorities in life.

Meanwhile, I may make a daring attempt to see Avatar before it comes out on video. It is not James Cameron’s or the movie’s fault that there are people out there who can’t get a grip on reality. Next thing you know they’ll be seeking help in response to not being admited to Hogwarts.

Update:

Ran across this piece on Big Hollywood. With anti-American rhetoric in the script, maybe it is Cameron’s fault that there are nutters out there who are being suicidally depressed by the movie. Maybe I’ll wait until I can rent it on DVD.

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