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The Day the Earth Stood Still

(WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. DO NOT READ ON UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE MOVIE OR NOT PLANNING TO WATCH THE MOVIE AT ALL)

Despite the negative comments from friends and reviews, I stubbornly went ahead to watch this movie alone and guess what? I honestly thought it was a good show! (Yes, Keanu Reeves was disastrous as usual in acting with his expressionless face but oh well, it fits his character well) The movie stirred a lot of questions and emotions in me that I think it is worthy for everyone to ponder for a moment if we do call ourselves human or citizens of this planet.

1. We do not belong to this world.
Throughout the movie, I cringed at every action of the humans. All they wanted to do was to destroy in the name of protecting themselves from the ‘alien’. Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) never intended to harm anyone but humans were just so paranoid throughout the whole time. And to make things worse, there was a bozo sitting behind me thinking out loud all the time saying, “So stupid, you think you really can defeat him meh? If he wants, he can blah blah blah!!!” and it went on throughout the entire movie during climaxes. Anyway, the real question was, “Who is the alien?” We? Or them? Well, from what I believe, we (humans) are all aliens. We do not belong to this planet. So don’t get to attached to it. We’re all given the chance now to prepare to go home, to heaven where we really belong. Would you be so paranoid as to not want to go back to your own home and stick to this ‘foreign’ planet and die a foreigner? Well, suit yourself, but I’m prepared to go home anytime death comes knocking on my door. The ball is in your hands.

“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3:19-21

2. Power word : Love
I can’t help but amaze at the biblical parallels in the movie of how humans are made special in the whole universe. The aliens could not understand the one single different ‘aspect’ of humans. The ability to love. Yes, there may be undiscovered life forms all around our planet, more advanced, more civilized, more technological but the fact is this. We are the center of God’s creation, the Creator of the universe. This simple fact humbles me to think that we were made God’s special possession despite our weaknesses and frailties. And I think the reason why God made us His special possesion is so that we in turn, will make Him and Him alone our special possession!!!

“But now I tell the people of Israel this is my new agreement: ‘The time will come when I, the Lord, will write my laws on their minds and hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…” Hebrews 8:10

3. Listen to the Voice that matters
When Klaatu came and wanted to speak to the leaders of the earth, they refused to listen. He bore a very important message about the destruction of earth but concluded that any attempt to discuss peacefully with humans are futile. Today, there’re just too many voices shouting at us with so many different messages and so called ‘good news’. I think it is important that we hear that one message that matters the most. The voice that answers the question, “Why are you even alive?” And of course, along the way, many people, religious people and philosophers will come and tell you their ‘answers’ to this question. I believe no one can answer that question other than the Person who created life itself. God. Why not ask Him instead? Just look to the heavens and say this to Him, “God, if you’re really somewhere up there, can you tell me why am I even here?”

Go on, do it. It’s between you and Him. No one’s watching (just make sure you do it in solitary or people will think you’re out of your mind =) Who knows, you might get an answer to life’s most important question promptly.

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