What will the world look like, when we squabble together in squalour and disease? It will probably look like life during the 1700's, when pirates ruled the waves. I have recently watched the Canadian mini-series, "Moby Dick," (staring William Hurt), and also RLS's, "Treasure Island". (More on the former later). Both Ahab and Long John Silver were charming, controllaholic psychopaths, (like the nut downstairs).
Life will be like being on a terrible old ship with such fools, with too much salt and too little vitamin C. The social dynamics become wanton and base. The logics of death rules the hearts of all - all desperate for just one little, "slice of heaven." At the helm will be a confused, LIBERTINE billionaire, who may eventually don a peg-leg, just to complete the nightmare. Like Ahab and Long John, he will find that he has bitten off more than he can chew.
The, "Treasure Island," movie had me asking the question: "If you forgive the Devil, are you in league with the Devil?" Or, are you just being a good Christian-sort - like someone who would give a thirsty Hitler a glass of water in the desert, even though that person somehow knows that Hitler will slaughter Jews, et al? Chew on that one, until we discuss this all again.
One message given by RLS is that even the elite are as corrupt as the pirates. That mirrors our age fairly well. There is one part in the movie where a good thought is offered: YOU CANNOT SEPARATE COMMERCE FROM THE HARM IT MAY DO TO OTHERS, int he profiteering. I liked this so much, that I transcribed the entire convo in the movie, here for you:
Long John Silver: "Now, you did a deal with the professor of divinity over there... Something about cheese and a bible... So you can do a deal with me!"
Squire Trelawney: "There will be no deal with you!"
Long John Silver: "I'm the only one left alive who owns this gold - who earned this gold! And ownership is nine-tenths of the law!"
Squire Trelawney: "Possession is nine-tenths of the law!"
Long John Silver: "But that's a different law... not one I like."
Squire Trelawney: "I don't care what you like! I don't care about the law! You're a thief - and a murderer! You've brought peril and destruction to this... this whole enterprise!... All this... this... this mirror here... And These sacks... This chest... Or These coins... They're now legally mine, in my possession - & in my ownership, because I have taken them through my venture and risk!"
Captain Smollett: "Trelawney. The risk you took was with other men's lives."
Squire Trelawney: "I was talking about risk financial."
Captain Smollett: "Which does not exist, separate to men's lives, however you try to insulate the thought that it might. This is contraband, sir, stained thick with blood. And when we get back to England, if we manage to get off this island, it will be handed over as such."