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Christine # Posted on March 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

Any time I think about how people remember each other, and how it is usually through good deeds, I think of the movie “The Final Cut” (2004) with Robin Williams. Granted, the movie is pretty awful, but that aside, the theories and mechanisms working behind it really caught my interest. In the film, most everyone has memory implants that are used to capture memories (literally) as seen by the person with the implant. Robin Williams plays Alan Hakman, a “cutter”, who takes these memories and sorts them into “categories” with the help of a machine – things like sleep, morning routines, eating, etc. (even categories of a more “intimate” nature) – it’s been a long while since I’ve seen the film, but what really struck me was how a “cutter” was expected to edit these memories and compile them into a “film” that would be shown during a funeral or wake. It was generally expected that the film would capture the “best” and most “good” (finally getting to your topic!) moments of the deceased person’s life. So what is “good” is the essential question here, and how it defines a person is simply fascinating. Is it actively participating in smaller good deeds (holding the door open for someone, complimenting a stranger, etc. – as well as regular volunteering) or is it the occasional “big” good deed (something that catches the notice of the local news, for example) that truly counts? Like you pretty much said, Kristian (as I can tell – it’s almost 2am here, and I’ve been up for a long time, so I’m getting tired myself), it’s probably better to achieve a balance between the two.

As concerning reincarnation, that’s a whole other topic I’d love to explore more (and obviously connected to doing good/bad deeds in the “current” life). I’m agnostic, but I have the sneaking suspicion that in a previous life I was a heavy cigar smoker (I’m an avid anti-smoker) and in another life a pilot in the middle of nowhere. I love talking about this sort of thing, so sorry if I completely babbled without making any contribution or any sense! :)