And, tears.

November 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm (Random Ramblings)

 Playlist:  Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker – Questamation- I’ve had this cd since it came out in March but hadn’t listened in a while, I’ve been listening to it non stop for the past week – damn it’s good!  Good Canadian boys. 


Visionary Science Patrol

“Hope is always the antidote and I’m feeling what I can” ~ USS (Anti-Venom)

I went for a walk after work today and I came across a few people standing on the sidewalk watching a raccoon just sitting in the middle of the road kind of hunched over, not moving, in full daylight.  I asked if they knew what was wrong but they said he had just been sitting there for a while not moving, they figured he was probably sick or scared or stunned or something.  “Poor little guy, I don’t know if he’s going to make it” one of the ladies said.  And the next thing you know I’m walking away in tears.  I went by the same spot on my way home and the people and the raccoon were gone so I don’t know what happened to him.  And, tears again.  It’s so weird how your perception of things can change with circumstances.  Normally if I saw a raccoon, I would be getting the hell out of there and trying to put as much distance as possible between myself and rabies.  But seeing this poor little guy just sitting in the middle of the road with something obviously wrong with him, I felt so sad.    

It reminds me of when I saw a dead pigeon on the sidewalk a few months ago, now a dead pigeon would usually get a response somewhere along the lines of  “ew gross” but this particular pigeon had a pigeon friend, who was walking around it in circles and trying to nudge it with its beak to wake it up.  I stood and watched it for a few minutes, and the next thing you know I’m walking to the subway in tears.  When I met up with my friend and I was telling him about it 20 mins later, the tears came again.  “Really?  Over a pigeon?”  he asked.  I didn’t really get it either except that I wondered if the friend even understood what was happening and something about it having a friend who would miss it broke my heart.  Like when you see a dead animal at the side of the road when you’re driving and you don’t think much about it, unless it’s a dog or a cat – then suddenly it’s someone’s pet and someone is going to miss it so it makes it seem more tragic .  Or is that just me?

I admit I’m a little sensitive about animals right now after watching Earth on the weekend (spoilers ahead), which is the 2 hour version of the 11 hour Planet Earth series that came out a few years ago.  Look I get it, it’s nature, it’s the way it works, there are predators,  there is prey,  they need to survive etc.  But can’t I just once be able to watch something about animals without having to see them killing each other?  Do I really need to see a movie where they filmed a polar bear starving to death, why don’t you put down the camera and give the thing something to eat?  I know, you don’t want to interfere etc.  but then don’t film it.  Don’t get me wrong,  the cinematography in that movie is unbelievable, some of the scenes they show are magical.   But why, after showing truly stunning shots of thousands of caribou migrating, do I have to watch a baby caribou being chased by a wolf with James Earl Jones telling me not to worry because the baby can outrun the wolf and the wolf will eventually give up ……. as long as the baby doesn’t trip.  And as with any good horror movie, the baby eventually trips.   Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, tears.  Why can’t you just make a movie that thrills me with all of the beauty of nature without reducing me to tears 5 times during it?  I understand that killing is part of nature and it has to happen, I just don’t want to see it, I can’t deal.  At all.  If I want to end up looking like Rocky Balboa I have plenty of options to choose from.

That being said, it really is an awesome movie!!!  I never saw Planet Earth but now I definitely want to, although I’m guessing I’m going to need a box of Kleenex to get through it or at least a lot more footage of ducks learning to fly.


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