Have you watched Jurassic World 2?
If it is not your type of movie, fine, however, I want to pose some thoughts to you.
With science at a point when it can genetically modify and recreate extinct animals, dinosaurs could be made!! Have you really thought about this? It might seem fantastical and great for kids to watch, a little like the movie Wall E. But I truely beg you to think more about this….
In Wall E we are seeing more and more of the effects of lifestyle choices making people bigger with more chronic health issues as a result of these lifestyle choices. And what are these lifestyle choices?
- Less movement.
- More seated occupations than physical occupations.
- Increased consumption of processed food, which means an increase in simple carbs which break down into sugar (hence the sugar debate).
- Increased screen time in all age groups which does lead to less movement.
- Changes in socialisation due to technology.
- Decreased ability to make commonsense type decisions due to easy access to quick answers and less in-depth thoughts about posing questions, situations, and circumstances.
- Increase in anxiety and depression due to lifestyle and also technology usage, but also in regards to self-perceived requirements of what is ‘expected of me’ as opposed to being ‘aware’ of ‘who am I’.
- Environmental issues in relation to waste management, consumption, emissions, population growth, energy efficiency (or there lack of)
- AI taking over tasks that humans were initially too excited to create and yet too short-sighted to really think about the long-term implications.
All of the above issues were being discussed in kids movies and yet here we are facing them!!
Dinosaurs, humans, lab-developed animals, foods, humans…These are things that are:
1, Happening now, but
2 Could happen.
The Jurassic World brings these questions to light during the movie because they need to be considered and discussed so that the right decisions can be made, adapted and considered well before we are moving down those paths. If Jurassic World is not your cup of tea, try Wall E.