Looking back on my post I started breaking down my thoughts even further. From the concept of people willing to give their human bodies for robotic bodies I stared to wonder why and it hit me like a bullet. From young I have always been interested with myths and fables. From Greek mythology to Japanese legends, always hearing stories about how there was a different world that may be just beyond my reach. Made me even more curious on what’s out there (clearly from this you can imagine my life as a kid was full of faces saying “are you serious” and “what is he talking about, his weird”). There was this one story I always heard about but it had many names so let’s just called it “The Elixir of Life” (Ancient Origins, 2014). This story has many different versions but one thing is clear. Once you have drank it, not only will you gain immortality but also eternal youth. Many had attempted to find and recreate this godly mixture. Does it actually exist, we may never know unless Keanu Reeves shares us his secret.
From my understanding of this myth I see it as a forbidden wish. To live forever in youth would be amazing. Not only will you be able to experience everything of what this world has to offer. You will always stay young and looking fabulous. I believe it is forbidden because currently so much chaos has happen in this world. If we were to live forever how are we going to survive with one another if there is still so much hate. Ghost in the Shell presents this elixir as a robot. In a way they both have the same goal as they both achieve immortality. The main difference is that AI technology is constantly being developed and improved. Artificial Intelligence has reached to a point where we it can now learn and interact with us (JIBO, 2015). Is this movie fiction or is it our possible future?
The next part I talked about Motoko questioning her identity which I believe makes us human. The brain is where we store our memories, feelings and generally who we think we are. What if that is not the case? Following the movie would it be safe to say that it’s the ghost that holds and keeps all these information? Logically speaking we have very limited information about “ghost” as we can’t understand it. We are people that needs evidence and prove as we don’t like not knowing. Instead of living in constant ambiguity of what the soul may or may not be some chooses logic and that’s fine. We all need to make sense of the things around us. If we don’t we end up losing ourselves. That still leaves a very important question as what is a “soul”. Could it be the movie showed that once people have understand the fundamentals of the soul we learn how body image is such a small matter? To me I see her naked and I think she should put on some clothes. To her she may have reached a level of understanding her own ghost. She thinks that as long as her ghost is in one piece no matter what kind of body she gets it’s no different to her. Her body is just a shell that she will moult away.
Finally I talked about corruption in the movie and how people in power will do anything to stay in power. Life is tough, and people always try to make it easier because life is met to be enjoyed and not to be stressed all the time. People who have been corrupted likes to bring in those around them. As it is a form of security. You get everyone in so that when a problem happens everyone will do their best to solve it. If one person goes down all of them would go as well. Even though there is such a risk people still do it. Why? It could be due to social pressure as the rest do it but you don’t. They start isolating you making you feel like the bad one. It could also be the benefits they may receive if they were to accept corruption. Life comes with a price, so if you don’t have enough to trade in. How are you going to experience it? “They say money can’t buy happiness but it sure as hell buys everything else” (Mad Money, 2008).
As a conclusion, from analyzing my previous blog post I noticed how light I was thinking of the movie. This movie introduces so many aspects and issues that we are currently facing. How others may see it may be different but one thing is for sure. This anime has so much more depth then I could have ever imagine and they said anime is for kids.
Link to my previous post “A Ghost With No Fear”
Ancient Origins, (2014). Immortality, the Elixir of Life and the Food of the Gods. [online] Available at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/immortality-elixir-life-and-food-gods-001201.
JIBO, (2015). Jibo, The World’s First Family Robot. [online] Available at: https://www.jibo.com.
IMDb, (2015). Mad Money (2008). [online] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0951216/quotes.