On ‘The Imitation Game’

Some things leave you speechless. With a single tear coming down my cheek I left the cinema tonight. This doesn’t happen very often. But then again, the lives of awkward extraordinary people don’t get made into a movie very often.

There are no spoiler-alerts. This movie is about the life of Alan Turing. For a brief description see Wikipedia.

I wasn’t so much touched by the way his homosexuality was dealt with, the fact that he committed suicide (which Wikipedia offers an insightful alternative for) or the fact that this story was kept secret for so long.

I was taken by the sheer fact that there hardly are people nowadays who follow their dream, without being distracted or sidetracked by having to deal with the everyday-ness of life – running a company, taking care of loved ones, or more broadly: adhering to the market ideal of fitting in society in general. Where are the people who fight for their way of thinking? And why do they still not believe someone when at 40 years old someone tells you that you shouldn’t be sad you’re not normal – that it is precisely the fact that not being normal made it possible to do the unimaginable.

Why is it that we order our society in such a manner that we silence those who have the creative power inside of them to create that what cannot be imagined. That we give power to those who repeat what already has been said. And that people who can are told they cannot – in such an extent that they accept this fate.

Statistics shows the average very well. We know certain things about averages. The average never achieves (scientific) breakthroughs, is never able to lead, is never extraordinary. Then why is it that we eliminate the outliers?

The Flammarion engraving is a wood engraving by an unknown artist that first appeared in Camille Flammarion’s L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888). The image depicts a man crawling under the edge of the sky, depicted as if it were a solid hemisphere, to look at the mysterious Empyrean beyond. The caption underneath the engraving (not shown here) translates to “A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…”

Author: Nobyeni

Freelance Philosopher (PhD). Writer. Thinker. Interested in radical change and human being. Playwright. Dutch World citizen. Lover of books, language, art and coffee.

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