The scifi 2016 film "Arrival" rewires our mind and heart about our lives, so far. No surprise, Rotten Tomatoes has rating of 94/83.
The plot line is that strange spacecraft land around the world. Governments scramble to figure out what this is about. The major tool is to understand the creatures' language.
In the U.S., the aliens park themselves in Montana. Linguist Louise Banks is scooped up to decode their language system.
Of course, she does more than that. She connects. They share with her that they are bringing the gift to mankind of being able to see the future. It puzzles her that when communicating with them she receives pieces of a narrative about a happy child who eventually dies young of a rare disease. The husband, unable to handle this, leaves her. She makes the mistake of sharing with him that destiny before the onset of the disease.
This seeming threat puts the world on the brink of war. It's Banks who intervenes with the head of China. The spacecrafts go away. Civilization is saved.
And, Banks decides to embrace what she knows to be a painful future. She accepts the marriage proposal from another consultant at the site. She will go on that journey, with no regrets. It is what it is. She puts out there the question: Would you make the same choices even if you knew the outcomes? For her the answer is: yes.
The meme is a mystical fix for anyone suffering from regret. Instead of cursing themselves for what might be positioned and packaged by conventional society as a "mistake," they can own the experience. That is the first step to learning from it what can't be taught in any other way.
Takeaway: Life lived has always been a gift from the universe as teacher.
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