All Lined Up

Step right up. Got some borders here. Nations. Paper. All lined up.

There are those who believe such things. And there are those who have been to the monolith.

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hecate's picture

And here man undergoes a transformation as important as when he became a tool-user. He becomes a natural being again, having used his tools for hundreds of thousands of years to pull himself up by the bootstraps. Now, he no longer needs them. He has transcended his own nature, as that original ape did, and now he is no longer a “man.”

Instead, having grown old and died, he is reborn as a child of the universe. As a solemn, wide-eyed infant who slowly looks over the stars and the Earth, and then turns his eyes on the audience.

These last 20 seconds, as the child of man looks down on his ancestral parents, are the most important in the film. We in the audience are men, and here is the liberated, natural being, Kubrick believes we will someday become.

But when Kubrick’s space infant looked at the audience the other night, half of the audience was already on its feet, in a hurry to get out. A good third of the audience, must not have seen the space infant at all.

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@hecate @hecate look at the audience; the camera pans over the baby.

Anyhoo, I found the sequel to 2001 to be oddly exciting.

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dfarrah

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@dfarrah
really pretty jaw-dropping. How you can be wrong about everything. Music 2

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@hecate you be so wrong about everything?

Kubrick himself didn't impart the scene with the meaning you desire it to have.

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
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@Alligator Ed
one from your cousins, the crocodiles.

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@thanatokephaloides especially with the coda from 2001.

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Good to see you and your nice essay. Rebirth is an attractive notion these days. We'll have to wait and see how it works out. In the meantime, a couple more shots...

The demarcation of the Swiss cantons of Bern and Valais.

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...and the US and Canada near Waterton

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Real imaginary lines?

All the best. Hope things are improving in your world and the forest is recovering as well as all of you folks.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”