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Highly recommended. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s one of the things that fascinates me about climate change. Somehow this real-world threat to life as we know it carries with it far less force than the comparable horrors of fiction. We can can appreciate the threat of The Thing or the Body-Snatchers. We can even hope that somehow Heston’s cries will bring an end to the Soylent factories. We can pull for the good guys to save the day in these stories, But when credible sources tell us that all life as we know it could come about as a result of our own actions, we ponder it while and then drive to the store.

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51E+WFShw9L._SY445_Soylent Green is people!

Yeah we all know that.

Or do we?

I’m sorry, I meant to say; “spoiler alert!”

Anyway, yeah, Soylent Green is people, but the thing is that’s not really what the movie is about, is it? The Movie, Soylent Green, is about the death of the oceans. It’s about the end of life as we know it, or rather the moment in history just before the end of life as we know it. In that moment, as the food sources dwindle down to nothing, human beings begin to cannibalize each other on a scale never before seen in human history.

By ‘human beings’, I of course mean, the powers that be. It is a murky blend of corporate and government power that begins to market human flesh in the form of flavorless green protein wafers. Some might have found it odd to see cannibalism playing out…

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4 thoughts on “A Very Soylent Spoiler Alert

  1. Thanks for sharing these reflections on the movie “Soylent Green” and its relevance to our times. I also saw the movie on its release and, at the time, was scared by the thought of such a future for humanity.

    Insightful is the author’s realization, expressed in the following excerpt:

    “When Charleston Heston ends the film screaming “Soylent Green is people,” at least a little of the horror in that moment has always been the realization that the engines of progress have somehow brought humanity to embrace one of the greatest horrors of the primitive world. It’s fiction, of course, but then again so is the story of progress, and so are a lot of those stories about ‘primitive’ cannibals.”

    We-humans have mastered the art of deluding ourselves about our place and dominance over the Web of Life. We place “economic growth” above the live-giving forces upon which our very existence depends.

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  2. Great movie. The meaning is more important, actually more urgent, today than it was when the movie was released. (I saw in a movie theatre as a kid). Even then I understood the consequences of what we’ve been doing to the planet. What the hell is wrong with us?

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