The Universe and Me

Sunday, November 27, 2005

You'll never walk alone

Documentary: March of the Penguins. While excellently filmed, I found a lot of this heartbreaking. The anthropomorphic style of ascribing human feelings to these birds may have been too emotionally manipulative for me. I felt horrible for the eggs that froze and the parents and chicks that, for one reason or another, didn’t make it. And it bothered me that a film crew was watching all this, but did nothing to help them. Now that the entire world knows what hardships the penguins go through, will anyone help them? Survival of the fittest. Natural selection. We wouldn’t want to upset the balance of nature, would we? Well, I would. I can’t help wishing FEMA would build them a shelter or airlift in some krill for the poor starving things. Seems too cruel to sit back and watch. And, continental drift aside, it doesn’t say a lot for whoever’s responsible for creating penguins, to make them suffer such hardships. What could penguins possibly have done to anyone that they deserve this treatment? Sure, life may be unfair, but should it be? The film overall: an injustice to a species that’s most likely acting on instinct alone but with gorgeous cinematography.


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