Would the world be a better place if we did not feel? If we did not have emotions?These are some questions implied in the movie “Equilibrium”, written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, which my husband and I watched last night. It takes place in a future dystopia, where all feelings and emotions and all forms of artistic expression have become outlawed, due to an ideology that determined human emotion to be the root cause of conflict. In order to suppress these outlawed emotions, all citizens are required to take a daily injection. Then, one day, John Preston (Christian Bale) accidentally misses an injection and begins to question everything.
I found this movie fascinating, and I am sure there are so many psychological or philosophical debates I could not even dream to touch upon.
This was my favorite exchange in the movie:
Mary: Let me ask you something.
[Grabs his hand]
Mary: Why are you alive?
John Preston: [Breaks free] I’m alive… I live… to safeguard the continuity of this great society. To serve Libria.
Mary: It’s circular. You exist to continue your existence. What’s the point?John Preston: What’s the point of your existence?
Mary: To feel. ‘Cause you’ve never done it, you can never know it. But it’s as vital as breath. And without it, without love, without anger, without sorrow, breath is just a clock… ticking.
God gives us the ability to choose; to lead our lives as we see fit or to come to him. He gives us the capacity to feel; to love, to grieve, to rejoice, to be angry…
If we were just ticking clocks – if we were emotionless beings just doing what a higher being tells us to do – would we not be much more than a robot?
I look around and I see a world of beauty; A world of intelligence, a world of creation; A world of emotions…
But, I also see a world of destruction.
Some might say you can’t have one without the other; You can’t have good without evil;
Light, without darkness;
Heaven, without Hell…Yet, despite the imperfections; despite the pain and heartaches that might come with feeling – and having emotions – I am glad for it. Glad for this dynamic life.
What’s the point of your existence?
Mine is Christ.