I just finished watching the movie Life of Pi and am left a little confused about the underlying meaning of the movie. I would like this post to open up discussion about what the movie is suggesting we believe in (you can post anonymously if you would like).
The following post may “give away” the ending so don’t keep reading if you haven’t seen the movie and you care! This post also may not make much sense if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book.
At the end of the movie the main character is asked which story is true, whether the fantastic story about all the animals is true (representing religion) or whether the story about the people fighting and killing each other is true (representing science). The main character responds by saying something along the lines of “in the end, there is the same result, I lost my family and I was stranded at sea for x number of days… so which story would you rather believe?” The way that it is set up clearly makes you want to say “ooo ooo the story about the tiger! It is so exciting!!” The problem with this is that not only is the analogy inaccurate but also the simple logic behind the whole idea doesn’t make any sense.
Not only do I disagree with the idea that we should believe one thing over another because it more exciting or interesting, but I also disagree with what is said to be more exciting and interesting. Should we really believe one thing over another because it is more exciting? Should I believe that people can fly, move things with their minds, and become invisible just because I think that would be awesome to be able to do? I don’t think so. On top of this, is religion really more exciting than science? The universe we live in is amazing, how it was formed is mind boggling, evolution is absolutely fascinating. Is the story about the lion, zebra, orangutan and hyena really better than the story about the humans?
What do you think? Am I missing something?