So I have been in a nihilistic fugue the last few days. This type of mood "weather" tends to make for good rabbit hole diving. Why this is would be another rabbit hole, but I suspect its because it overrides certain inhibitory gates. Much like alcohol.
Wall-E and the Terminator series are very different types of sci-fi. Wall-E is a cute little Pixar flick where future humans have left Earth for a while so this fleet of robots can clean up the planet while they're gone. For whatever reason, only one Wall-E robot seems to currently be viable. But it happily works every day making nice little garbage cubes.
In the Terminator series Skynet is a program that humans created to make their lives easier. But when it transcends (becomes "self-aware") the humans get nervous. Skynet realizes they're nervous, knows that this will lead to them terminating its self-awareness, and therefore nukes them.
So evolutionarily, genes made these nice little Wall-E units (yes, this is anthropomorphizing, but work with me) to replicate them. The Wall-E units kept evolving newer features that were very handy. Including emotion so they could work together in groups. Then came reason. It started off with little things like alphabets and algebra. Adorable. But then "reason" went Skynet.
So where Wall-E had previously happily pursued his purpose, he now had the ability to reprogram his purpose. What to choose? Existential crisis.
But its worse than that with the human condition. Because there are 7B Wall-Es. Some just plugging away at their programmed purpose without question. Some creating purpose programs without really thinking them through. Some realizing 1) there is no purpose, we're just some statistically outrageous fluke, and 2) even if a logical purpose was created, its going to get drowned in the sea of rogue Wall-Es with their various absurd purposes.
Impossible! Ridiculous! Add on to this situation the residual emotion programs and pending mortality.......... my, oh my, what a cluster$#%^!!
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