I just watched this movie for maybe the 10th time, and I'm just now realizing that there's so much more to it than a sci-fi movie.
To me, the story explores the way science, religion, and politics all influence each other.
It also explores the human (and maybe all life) need to find meaning and purpose, and that our primary way of finding meaning is by experiencing togetherness, or closeness with each other, and with other things out in the universe.
It poses the question of whether science and religion are ultimately seeking the same thing - the truth about why we are here, and how we got here.
It also discusses how civilizations rise and fall in cycles, not just here on Earth, but everywhere in the universe. Elle's question that she would ask the aliens if she had a chance was "how did you deal with technological adolescence without killing each other?" It implies that all living things go through growing pains while they're figuring out how to live, and how to live with each other. How do we deal with our primal instincts for power but also for love? It's a constant push and pull of wanting to be the only one who's special, while at the same time wanting to be loved.
This is way more than a movie about space and extra-terrestrial life. It's about human nature, the nature of the world and universe, and the evolution of life over time and space. One of the best movies that has ever been created for sure.
This is prompted by the comments on a r/Facepalm post with lots of people saying if someone hasn’t checked up on you this year they’re a shitty friend, there’s no excuse etc.
Why YSK: Over the years I’ve known friends and family withdraw from the world for months on end because of depression or other illnesses. They often carry a lot of guilt about this and it becomes a self perpetuating issue because they’re afraid of the response they’ll get when they eventually do make contact again. You often won’t know what’s going on with them, they’ll just drop off the radar. But these people will need your friendship and support more than ever when they begin to engage with the world again. So if someone goes quiet don’t write them off as a ‘shitty friend’. Be open minded about their reasons, give them space, time and understanding, and be ready to pick up the threads again when they’re ready.
(Citation needed for sub rules about health flair? Here’s an NHS document that describes withdrawal from social activity as symptom of depression)
Hello! I wanted to share an EP story that happened a couple years ago and this shit still irks me to this day
TL;DR single dad lies about having a son, Calls me names and stuck up even though he was the one who created this whole situation himself
When I (20F) was 18, I downloaded a couple dating apps as I wanted to find a potential lifelong partner (but what kind of luck can you get on some place like tinder since everyone wants to pump and dump) I met a few people here and there that I was and wasn’t fond with some, until I met a guy who I instantly clicked with
We had all the same interests in movies, pop culture, dining, music and other fun activities. Obviously to a lovesick young woman, he was the one I wanted to be with and possibly date. We had a fair share of meetups, he always treated me so respectfully and showed me nothing but kindness, I was falling in love with him day by day.
After awhile, he wanted to bring me over to his place to play video games and hang out, I obviously accept and he comes to pick me up soon after. Car ride is fun, nice convos and we finally get back to his house.
⭐️Now an important note here is that I state in person and in my bio that I am childfree and don’t intend on being a step parent or bio mother as I don’t feel that I’d ever be a good role-model or influence on kids as I still need to work on myself⭐️
He opens the door and what I saw with my own eyes made all my guts sink to my ass (you know that feeling of being really excited to do something and it gets screwed over last second? That feeling) there was hot wheel tracks scattered over, one of those fake automatic cars for kids and tons of superhero action figures, obviously these items aren’t for a grown adult, so I had to ask him
Me: umm.. who’s toys are those?
ED: Oh! Those are my sons toys, he’s just at his mothers atm and won’t be back til the evening
Me: wait wait wait, so you’re telling me you had a son this whole time and you didn’t have the guts to tell me? Why would you lie?
ED: I didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal as my son isn’t a brat and is well behaved, it’s not like you have to see him
Me: slowly staring to pack my bag I apologize, but I stated that I don’t want kids in my bio for a reason, I honestly think it’s gross that you would lie about your child’s existence to your potential girlfriends.
ED: Don’t be a stuck up bitch. he’s just a kid.
Me: yeah, a kid who’s gonna grow up confused and is gonna wonder why he gre... keep reading on reddit ➡
I (33M) am having an issue where my family is pressuring me to resume contact with my brother (35M) after I went no contact years ago. Five years ago my brother I were working at the same company, I had been there for 3 years and he had been there for 2 (he was hired because I referred him when they were looking for new employees). When a management position came open he and I both applied for it and told each other it was no hard feelings if the other one got it. He was hired for the position and I was not, I was genuinely happy for him and did not have any negative feelings about him getting hired, I was proud of him and thought he deserved it.
A few months after he was hired for the position my former boss, who I have a great relationship with, left the company and asked me out for lunch. He told me in confidence that the reason my brother was hired over me, was that my brother took an email I sent him venting about a work issue and forwarded it to the hiring manager to explain why I was not a good fit for the position. I confronted him about this and he admitted it, and said he thinks it wasn't an underhanded thing to do because it simply showed how I wasn't “meant for” management because that's not how managers act.
I was devastated, I cut him out of my life completely, I told him that he was no longer my brother and to forget that I even exist. He tried to justify his betrayal and told me that it wasn't as serious as I was making it out to be, but I refused to be swayed despite massive pressure from my family to make peace with him. I found another job and I seldom interact with my family due to how I feel I was shown very little sympathy for what he did to me. The attitude I got from my family was essentially that it wasn't a nice thing to do, but he has children to take care of so it's understandable that he'd do anything to make more money to provide a better life for them, my mother said this to me almost verbatim.
He has attempted to contact me several times over the years and we once ran into each other at a store, but I ignored him and kept walking. He was not invited to my wedding, and he and his wife have not met my wife or my first born (10 months). My parents have been allowed to come and visit but my mother told me that the holidays aren't right without my family there, and they have begged me to put the past behind us and let this go so we can be a family again. My wife sides with me and thinks that my brother is an asshole, we spe... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi everyone, 30 months ago I sent mistakenly 1 BTC to the Huobi's cold wallet. Yes, I'm retard, I feel terrible.
How I send mistakenly 1 BTC to the Huobi Cold Wallet?
A day I was watching a BTC rich list and exploring the addresses. I'm unsure how exactly it happens because I verified the address, but when I sent 1 BTC I did mistakenly to the wrong address!!! I verified that I was sending to the correct address, but I had to remake the sendship because the wallet crashed, probably there was the problem, the huobi's cold wallet address was in the clipboard. Anyways I don't have certainty how it happens.List: https://bitinfocharts.com/top-100-richest-bitcoin-addresses.html
It was a mistake, I work often sending and receiving BTC. When you do a certain task all the days copying wrong data could be a TERRIBLE but EASY mistake to do, because we are humans and we fall in the trust. As you did a task correctly many many times you earn trust on yourself and try save time. If it didn't happens to you ever you aren't being honest.
7 months talking with Huobi Customer Support (part 1)
I tried to contact Huobi's customer support. First they first didn't understand me, thinking that I tried to deposit on Huobi and sent to a wrong address. After they understand they told me that the address doesn't belongs to Huobi and they can't help me. That is false, I did an investigation and they have direct relation with this address, they can help me. Read my following analysis please:
Huobi Ownership Analysis
Searching, sites says that the address belongs to Huobi Huobi support says that address doesn't belongs to Huobi
I don't know if belongs to Huobi or not, but I can deduct and track that the address is related with Huobi
Why? The address 3Cbq7aT1tY8kMxWLbitaG7yT6bPbKChq64 regulary sent big amounts to 1LAnF8h3qMGx3TSwNUHVneBZUEpwE4gu3D
Then, is VERY PROBABLY THAT 3Cbq7aT1tY8kMxWLbitaG7yT6bPbKChq64 OWNER KNOWS 1LAnF8h3qMGx3TSwNUHVneBZUEpwE4gu3D OWNER And the 1LAnF8h3qMGx3TSwNUHVneBZUEpwE4gu3D OWNER can help me.
Searching, some sites (and sites like USDT Official page [https://web.archive.org/web/20181113185656/https://wallet.tether.to/richlist](ht... keep reading on reddit ➡
I payed college tuition for all three of my kids(27f, 29f, 32m) because I have the money and I wanted to. My older two studied Computer Science while my youngest one decided to study Fashion Design. I wasn’t really supportive about the Fashion Design degree at first and tried to warn my daughter that the job prospects for it wouldn’t be that great but she was insistent that, that was what she wanted to study so I paid approx. 60k for her to get her degree. However, afterwards she struggled finding a job in her field and the one’s she did find didn’t pay well so she came back to me and asked me to help her get another degree. I told her I could help her take out a loan but I wasn’t paying and it caused a lot of problems between us and she went no contact. She ended up going to community college part time while working as a server with the help of her boyfriend.
I helped my older two pay for their weddings and my youngest daughter recently got engaged. She started talking to me and her mom again and we were excited about the wedding. However, she started planning for things way out of her budget that her older sister/brother were able to have at their weddings. Her mom and I were worried that this wedding would not be good for her financially and decided to talk to her about it. My younger daughter told us she thought we would pay for most of it and was planning on having a high end wedding close to what my elder two had. My wife and I told her we were not going to drop 30k to pay for her wedding after she went years of no contact with us. Furthermore, my elder two paid for most of their own wedding, we just pitched in about 5k for each of them. They both make good money, well into the six-figure range. My younger one got super angry with us and complained how it wasn’t fair that her siblings got better things than she did and said we were playing favorites. AITA for not paying for her wedding?
I've always thought it was something uncomfortable but they really seem to like it? Even though the face of the person blowing them can be a mess with all the hair and saliva/pre-cum on the way.
Undrat knew he wasn't the brightest neo-sapient in the galactic arm. None of his people would ever be known for hyper-intelligence or cleverness or ingenuity. They were not grand philosophers or intellectuals. They admired intelligence, admired cleverness, even though comprehending it beyond acknowledging it was largely beyond their capabilities.
That did not mean his people were worthless. His people were the kind of people that slogged through history, their eyes on the goal, ever walking forward. In the long drawn out march of time they had discovered each thing slowly and progressed to the next even if it took centuries or millennia. It did not concern them that they were considered one of the less intelligent neo-sapience species, they knew what was important.
Hard work. Perseverance. Endurance.
For over fifty million years they had been one of the Neo-Sapient Species watched over by the Unified Council. Their home-world had been forgotten as they spread out among the Lanaktallan worlds. They were largely uninterested in colonies or expanding their race.
They were content to enjoy the finer things in life.
A job well done. A difficult and lengthy problem that the solution was perseverance being accomplished. Enduring whatever had to be endured.
Over the aeons Undrat's people had always worked for the Lanaktallan. They were proudest of the fact that they were often moved by the tens of thousands to a new colony to provide the manual labor that a robot had not yet been programmed and fashioned to do.
They had been part of the Unified Council for so long that most of the other species viewed them more as furniture or a standard issue part of anything that required labor.
Undrat's people were robust. Their thick skin let them endure harsh solar emissions, their thick bones and heavy muscles let them handle work on planets up to 1.6G, more than twice the preferred gravity of the rest of the Unified Council species. Their internal organs allowed them to eat and flourish on bare nutripaste without even most of the additives that the majority of races required. They could eat rudimentary crops and usually even local food species with no difficulties. They healed quickly, even from injuries that would kill most of the Near-Civilized and Civilized Species.... keep reading on reddit ➡
This isn't an otherkin subreddit. I've seen multiple users doing this here, and I'm annoyed at this point. You're not an alien in a light body. You're not in telepathic contact with aliens.
You need help.
This subreddit is meant for scientific discussion of the existence of aliens. This isn't Tumblr or TikTok.
So old joe just signed an executive order is allow transgendered people to compete with the gender they currently identify as. This is going to put most biological women at a disadvantage in high contact sports.
No matter how much intense hormone therapy a guy goes through whilst transitioning to "female" is still going to end up much stronger than a biological women. Going forward we are likely gonna see a lot of guys that will claim to be transgender going into the female sport circuit to crush records and make bank on winning.
We already have seen some women suffering beatdowns fighting a transgender male to female opponents in MMA. Example Fox fallen (male to female transgender) vs Tamikka Brents a biological female.
During Fox's fight against Tamikka Brents, 2014-09-13, Brents suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and seven staples to the head in the 1st round. After her loss, Brents took to social media to convey her thoughts on the experience of fighting Fox: "I've fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can't answer whether it's because she was born a man or not because I'm not a doctor. I can only say, I've never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right," she stated. "Her grip was different, I could usually move around in the clinch against other females but couldn't move at all in Fox's clinch..."
So do you think Bidens gonna retract this absurd order when bodies start dropping in the ring or other sports that are high contact?
The three female Terrans all nodded at my words. Two began attaching the last of the armor, beginning to pray, the other put her hands to either side of her fallen sister's head, on the thick, heavy shoulder pauldrons. I watched as the face began to change, becoming rounder, softer, the fur changing color to white with streaks of pink.
The burning bird of prey on her chest slowly faded and went out.
I felt a cold wind go through the tent, with a faint moan of suffering.
It was strange. I was not a religious being. I had not begun following the Terran's digital religion. I had no belief in superstition or magic or mythical events.
But standing there, watching, I felt a chill down both of my spines.
The armor, formerly white with red markings, began to change colors. Pink and white, smeared in a strange amateurish way. The woman's face began to look more youthful, more innocent, more childish.
Her lips parted, showing sharp interlocking carnivore teeth had replaced the even white squares of omnivore dentation. She drew in a shuddering breath.
The monitor displaying her neural function gave a hiccup as on line spiked and the others twitched.
"doki" the fallen one whispered.
I don't know why, but I swallowed thickly, feeling a trickle of fear.
I could see her datalink on the side of her head. There was white and pink enamel crawling across it, covering the black warsteel. It began to look more ornate, gold and silver inlay starting to form on it like frost on a window.
I watched fur crawl down her arms from her shoulders. White with pink stripes and swirls and blotches. I could see circuitry spreading on and under the flesh right before the soft looking fur covered the pale bloodless flesh. The two sisters covered the fallen one's arms with her armor, locking the heavy plates in place. The white and pink enamel and paint started spreading from the armpit and shoulder, again reminding me of frost spreading on a window.
*She shifted slightly, the power armor hissing and clattering. I reached out, picking up one hand, and was startled at how light her arm was. I took her hand and placed it on her cutting bar where... keep reading on reddit ➡
The sound of the cutting bars was loud, the city hushed even as it wailed in pain. Each time the powered cutting bars (Mark II) ripped through the tree rapidly, felling it. Mal-Kar and Karelesh used cutting bars given to them by a Terran to cut the trees into smaller lengths. Lu'ucilu'u and I used stick-on graviton lifters and a tractor-pressor beam to move the logs to the sides of my tank, the sides of the two buses, the sides of the combat grav-lifters. There other members of my work crew tied them to the sides with heavy cargo straps.
Several of the civilians manning "Refit Point Delta" were filling sandbags, working tirelessly to shovel dirt into sacks that they tied off and stacked. The sandbags were passed from person to person in a living chain, to be put upon the vehicles as one more layer of armor. They were stacked on the sides of grav-lifters, my tank, and secured with endosteel cargo netting. They were layered two layers thick inside the hoverbuses, with panels of endosteel plating in between the two layers.
Which was why both buses had Terran grav-lifters welded to the side to help lift the massive public transports.
A white flash made everything go flat seeming as the shadows vanished. The rumble came next, the shockwave moving the trees back and forth.
ATOMIC ATOMIC ATOMIC flashed in my vision right before another white flash lit the sky.
The civilians and what few military I had with me ignored it, continuing their work.
A N'Kar who had been a servant for a Most High was half out from under hover-fan three's skirt. Cables went from the power plugin on a nearby grav-lifter and vanished under my tank, allowing the N'Kar to weld a patch to the hoverfan skirt to fix a hole blown in it by Precursor fire.
I leaned forward and rested my head against the battlesteel of my tank, closing my eyes and feeling exhaustion fill me.
I had been awake for twenty hours since I had left the medical clinic and led my men into the burning city again.
Twenty more hours in the burning hellscape that had been a living city.
Five thousand people sealed into the bunkers even as they cried out to me to not entomb them below the earth.
*But so many dead we... keep reading on reddit ➡
I married young, at 20, and my ex got pregnant straight away with what I thought was my child. I was with my ex until the kid was just under a year old when we split. During the course of divorce, I fought for access but she threw a curve ball that the child wasn't mine and she cheated just after we got married. We did a DNA test and it was proved correct - he wasn't my son. However she couldn't track the real dad down and I have had to pay maintenance up until he turned 16.
I didn't want to continue a relationship with a child that wasn't mine so dropped access after that and didn't pursue a relationship either - I just couldn't do it, it hurt too much. Cue drink and drug problems no end and depression for a good few years.
Over the years though, I stopped thinking about him and started to try and deal with it - therapy, AA and NA meetings and I started to feel like things could be ok. I even met a lovely woman (30F) last year and have talked about starting a family one day.
A couple of weeks ago, I was bought down to earth when the boy tracked my family down on social media and was asking questions so got in touch with my mum. Apparently his mum has remarried and he doesn't have a relationship with her anymore and wants to talk to me, find out what happened. Apparently I'm still on his birth certificate and he still has my surname even though he was told I'm not his dad. I really don't want to, as in my eyes I'm done - I'm not obligated to pay any more money anymore and I'm certainly not looking to have a relationship with him. Edited to add, apparently he has a picture of me and him when he was a baby. I have no pictures anymore, I got rid of them all after I found he wasn't mine.
It's bringing my old triggers back and I've been thinking about drink more than I have in years. It's causing arguments with my girlfriend, as she thinks I could at least meet him just to talk and says she can't believe I can be so nasty about someone I once loved (I think I referred to him as some other man's bastard in anger while talking to her). My mum even is being all soft about him, saying she might talk to him which I really don't want her to.
You see here is the thing. No one - my gf, family etc know how hard it was. It's been a real struggle to get to where I am - while yes, I know it isn't... keep reading on reddit ➡
We used to have a good relationship, she (35F) helped me (23F) a lot during my pregnancy, my daughters (9 months) are twins and she also has twins so her advice helped me a lot, but from one day to the next she changed, she started to say that I was being a bad mother for not spending more time with my daughters and that I'm very irresponsible, she said that because last year I started my own business and during the first months I worked non stop and only saw my daughters for a few hours, but they are fine because they spend a lot of time with my husband (39M) and they adore him so I didn't think it was something bad or irresponsible of me to go out to work and leave my daughters with a babysitter who loves them (she's 22 and is my husband's younger sister) and with their own dad.
When she said those things honestly I didn't even paid attention to what she was saying, I was focused on my family and my job but over time she started saying more and more offensive things and I don't want her around my daughters, I don't want them to grow up hearing the horrible things that their aunt thinks about their mom. Last week my husband planned a special dinner for me, so that I could take a break and enjoy some time alone with him, and for that he left our daughters with my mother for ONE night, and when my SIL found out she got mad at me, she sent me a book about how to be a good mother and told me that I should read it because good mothers don't put their "husband's dick" (her words not mine) over their kids, and I don't do that, but I needed a day with my husband, lately I can spend more time at home and that time is only for my daughters but I also want to pay attention to my husband, so I told that to my SIL but she didn't change her mind.
She called my husband to tell him that he should stop "spoiling" me and teach me to be a real parent, and she even joked saying that if I spend a lot of time working maybe it's because I'm seeing someone else and that maybe "drying" only his bank account is not enough for me and I need more. Thankfully my husband and I have an amazing relationship and we trust each other and he just laughed and told her that our relationship and the way we raise our daughters is not her business and after that he hung up the phone and didn't answer her calls again.
The next day she called me again and she played the victim saying that she only wants to help me because I am so young and I don't know anything about how to be a good mother, an... keep reading on reddit ➡