After recently watching the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” I have to believe that the overwhelming theme of the movie is more relevant today than it was back in the 1950s.
Governments have risen and fallen, economic instability comes and goes, and the band just marches on. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the constant inhumanity to our fellow man.
In the movie, when threatened with world extinction, we hear the phrase “we can change.” Change to what? Possibly more inhumane treatment of others?
Wars, civil rights violations, starving children, corruption — it shouldn’t take the threat of global annihilation by an alien race to wake everyone up to the fact that with the exception of a few animal species, we are the only ones to make war upon ourselves.
We are killing ourselves and our future. I hope that we are not standing at the precipice before we decide to make a real change.
Paul M. Lickteig