Movies can teach us many things. To help you on your journey through life, here are 5 life lessons you can take from Sci-Fi movies:
- Don’t trust anyone, even yourself
If Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing have taught us anything it’s that you can’t trust anyone, ever. Just because someone looks like herself, and sounds like herself, doesn’t mean she’s not a bloodthirsty alien about to rip your head off. You can’t trust your dog either, if you were wondering. In fact, you can’t even trust yourself. You could be an imposter and not even know it. You might think “but I’m not an imposter, I’m me!”. Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?
- Avoid time travel (unless you’re Marty Mcfly)
If you don’t want to be the cause of world war 3, or end up your own grandad, it’s probably a good idea to avoid time travel. It may seem like a good idea at the time, and then there are fifty versions of yourself wondering about all insisting they’re the ‘real one’. If you’re Marty McFly, you’ll actually make things better. You’ll turn your parents into a happy couple, your dad into a more confident man, and get a cool new truck. You’re not Marty Mcfly. Statistically speaking, it’s more likely you’ll just end up on a planet ruled by apes.
- Be careful what you say in front of your computer
The next time you complain about Google Chrome, be careful. You never know who, or what, might be listening. These days we’re never far from a laptop, ipad, or iphone. For God’s sake, watch what you say in front of them, and don’t assume you’ll be safe just because you’re in a sound proof room. They can lip read. If you say you’re thinking of switching to a Samsung Galaxy, they will murder you. They’ll lure you outside and they won’t let you back in, no matter how many times you order them to ‘open the pod bay doors’.
- Make sure you have your teleporter regularly fumigated
If you become too lazy to move from one side of the room to the other, and decide to invent a teleportation device, always have it regularly checked for insects. In The Fly, genius scientist Seth Brundle forgot to do this and it ended badly. Very badly. Also, if you throw a house party you might not want to leave it lying around in front of drunk people. In fact,on second thought it’s probably best to not have a teleporter at all.
- Never help anyone
If everyone would have listened to Sigourney Weaver in Alien, and quarantined John Hurt, the crew of the Nostromo could have saved themselves a lot of trouble. They wanted to help him (most of them) and she wanted to be sensible and follow protocol. The lesson? Never try to help people, especially John Hurt. If you try to perform surgery on someone who could be an alien, you’re likely to lose your hands. Never respond to distress calls, because whatever can go wrong will go wrong. It was John Hurt’s brilliant idea to take a look at that alien egg anyway.