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What can we learn from the movie Avatar?

For me the basic message is that the nature of humans is to come to destroy this beautiful planet and the people here by trying to exploit the natural resources. Like is happening now in hundred of countries like Africa, South America, the Middle East, or India. In the movie, the Navi successfully defend their planet from the evil colonialists who would destroy their planet and their civilization. The movie had a happy ending but for me I left sad knowing that in real life there are no happy endings and the same thing is going on without any happy ending right now in the Middle East and in so many other places. The political and ethical message of the movie was good. Essentially the idea is that you can't just go in and destroy an entire community because you want to kind of natural resource they happen to be sitting on. That is an important message, always has always will, and it is especially relevant given the current wars like in the Middle East. Unfortunately most people don't realize that America is doing this, and has been for a very long time, first with the Native Americans and with third world countries all over the world. And even for those that are aware of the global implications of our consumerist lifestyle viable alternatives to global capitalism are not immediately apparent, at least not in any attractive form. The movie does try to present the idea that there is another way to live, a way that is more in harmony with nature, and therefore with God. The movie does do a decent job of this but I would've liked to see more depth of philosophical insight into social issues and an attempt to offer solution. But I guess it is only a movie and we can't expect and it would be unfair to expect them to solve the social problems that humanity has been struggling with since the beginning of recorded history. One thing I would've like to see, which wouldn't have been asking too much, would've been the Navi depicted as being vegetarian. There was one scene in which they go hunting, and after killing the animal they offer a prayer to the great spirit, which is what I had heard that native Americans always did. But here on Pandora there wouldn't have been any need for them to kill animals as the climate was tropical and they would've easily had adequate food year round. Vegetarianism would've fit perfectly into depiction of the Navi as a race of people totally in harmony with nature. And it would've actually offered a tangible solution to the devastation being caused around the world due to the over consumption of fossil fuels. Industrialization is the number one cause of deforestation and fossil fuel consumption. It is seems like it should've been a no brainer to portray the Navi as vegetarians. But that reveals the basic flaw of the movie, although it was well intentioned it fell short of providing solutions to the all too real problems that face us due to a lack of insight into the problems. The Vedic literature provide so much information about the ideal form of human civilization and we need to get it out there because there is such a desperate need for the knowledge. The Vedic civilization actually contains a working model, philosophically and practically as to how humanity to can live peacefully, prosperously and happily. Thank you for your patient and tolerance. Ultimately what was missing from the movie, and from all of Western civilization and therefore Western philosophy is a clear idea about God and our relationship to God. Thank you for your patient and tolerance.

Asked By: Prema - 3/16/2010
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wow how long did that take you to type??? well the message was that people should connect more with mother nature and protect wilderness not destroy it
Answered By: bubblegum - 3/16/2010
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your an idiot, america does not do this, people do this. yea the vedas are cool im going to school to study the vedas and vedic philosophy but one thing the sages that wrote the vedas would say about this cut litle question right ere is that maybe u should get ur head out of ur butt and not blame the civilization you... More
Answered By: Anthony - 3/16/2010
 
read some of it and i agree with what you said
Answered By: Jake - 3/16/2010
 
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