Animator Don Hertzfeldt announced recently that he’s been working on a new animated film called The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, a sequel to his Oscar-nominated short film World of Tomorrow. I hadn’t heard of Hertzfeldt or World of Tomorrow until I read the articles and the excitement this news had on people. I had to learn more. So, I watched it.
World of Tomorrow is on Netflix and has more science fiction elements than most two-hour movies. The story follows a little girl named Emily who is visited by a version of herself from 227 years in the future. The future Emily explains how she is a third generation clone and the wealthy can upload their memories into their clones effectively giving themselves immortality. Unfortunately, it is a lonely existence with humans longing for the past. There’s more. So much more, but I don’t want to spoil it and it’s only 15 minutes long and everyone should just watch it.
As future Emily leaves little girl Emily near the end of the film, she tells her:
Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well and live broadly. You are alive and living now. Now is the envy of all of the dead.
The lesson is to live in the here and now. To be present in all things and enjoy the time today. In a world of utter ridiculousness, this short animated film reminds us that life, the living, and this moment are incredibly special.
I don’t even want to try and speculate on the sequel. All I know is, I’m sure it will be mind-blowing. I’m looking forward to it in the worst way and I didn’t know about any of this 48 hours ago.
How cool is that?