Thursday, 13 March 2014

Cast Alone: What If I am the last person left in the world?

Ever since Tom Hanks' Cast Away (I guess the movie is now 14 years old), I have been fascinated by this thought: for those of us whose regular sustenance derives more from online socializing than offline socializing, how much does offline social companionship mean - as in, having people physically around us? 

So, I am super glad that IndiBlogger's IndiSpire, an initiative to empower "Blogging for the Pursuit of Intellectual Happiness" (Yo!), has this for the topic of the third weekly edition:

How would you survive if you are the last person in the world ? #Survivor

I'm super thrilled to, therefore, title my post 'Cast Alone' :-D

Here's to my survival if I'm the last person left in the world:

First things first: I'm the last 'person' left in the world.  That means there are plenty of 'things' left in the world - all for me, exclusively :)

I will be super pleased about the following and will make full use of it:

1.  All the storage space in the whole wide world will be mine! Goodness me, that is a fashionista's cherished dream; imagine never having to give up clothes & accessories! I will start with the entire space in my area & city and slowly annex the entire world.  Already feel like a vintage emperor of sorts .. oops, wrong gender that, should be empress of sorts .. a woman who rules in her own right! hmm.. that calls for a diamond tiara! Point added to 'To Do' list. 

2.  Now, i am as much a geek as a fashionista, so that space annexation directly spills on to the virtual space as well - i never have to delete a thing or care about my dropbox space limit or my email inbox space limit.  Eventually, i will be lord & master of all the servers in the world, so its all mine.  I also never have to pay for an App download again - all the Apps that existed when the world was populated would exist when I am the only one left, so i will happily download each and everyone of them and play to my glee .. without paying a dime .. <happy dance> Not just that, I will have my username, therefore, as the first top scorer in every game's scoreboard <super happy dance>

That's quite some fun to start with, but let's get real & take a wholesome look at my situation as the sole #survivor:

The first few months, after i discover I'm the only one left, will be path-breaking; because, on the one hand, there still will be plenty of 'ready to eat' food & lots of clothes, goodies and things left in the world. On the other, I will tremendously grieve being alone in the world without my loved ones.  The latter will shatter me - so the only way for me to exist forward would be to convert my stay in the world - from thereon - to a 'mission' - with a definite purpose and time limit.  A mission I would think is endowed upon me by Nature, as 'the' chosen one. 

So, everyday, I will devote significant time to perform my own version of a 'penance' - to persuade and force Nature to accept my deal - that I accept this mission in return for one thing - upon a certain time, Nature will reunite me with my loved ones - it doesn't have to be on Earth - it could be beyond this world - it could be in heaven :)  Why a penance you ask? I'm raised on spiritualism & mythology and consequently believe penance makes Nature look up and take notice.

By doing so, I am attempting to channelize my deprivation and grief .. to a productive purpose - of taking upon myself - to do something for posterity. I will leave the world a better place when its time for me to go & hopefully, a convinced Nature, to start repopulating the world. By taking Nature's promise that i will be reunited with my loved ones, I will live with hope - of delayed gratification :)

That vital foundation taken care of, I will embark on dividing my time as the lone #survivor in the world - equally - between enjoying a world full of pleasures for myself - AND, making it a better place for posterity.

Now, even as I embark on those two fronts, what would I need first? Yes, companionship.  I mean, imagine not having anyone to RT my tweets, not having anyone to vote for my IndiBlogger posts, nobody to 'Like' my facebook posts .. how will I survive? Not possible.  

At this point, I would be oh so very much like Tom Hanks in Cast Away.  I have an indelible memory of this role of his because I don't think any movie as intensely manifests and portrays the importance of companionship as this one does.  Tom Hanks adopts a football that he finds in his plane's cargo (he ends up solitary in an Island after, if i remember right, a plane crash - the plane belongs to his employer Company which is in the freight, transportation and logistics business).  He paints a face on the football, incessantly talks to it .. this trailer of the film has the football - take a look:


Saw it? Ain't it a cute football? With that brown face?

Well, that is not all - in fact, that is nothing.  Compared to this:

The intensity of that companionship is oh so poignantly highlighted - when - Tom is swimming back across a deadly ocean - hoping to get back to civilization - and, inadvertently, after making significant headway in torturous waters, he loses the football! Guess what? He goes back! Undoing all the effort in the torturous waters and sacrificing all the headway he made to get forward! He goes back .. desperately swimming .. until he finds the football floating & retrieves it .. and then continues his swim forward.   A scene of a few minutes .. in a movie 14 years ago .. stays indelibly fresh in mind as the finest portrayal of that life staple - 'companionship'.  

hmm.. i know.  No, don't go away .. I will explain why I had to do this mini thesis here ..

The long and short of it is: I will need companionship.  No, i am not about to adopt a football .. yeah, i know .. i will be the empress of all the Adidas footballs & football stadiums in the world (wow, I don't have to pay a fortune to get match balls of yesteryear FIFA World Cups - its all mine).  But, i m far too geek to adopt a football for companionship.

So, what will I do?

I will design (yes, alone, myself) a robotic clone for myself .. and name her 'Jeo'.  Because my first ever doll in life .. as a toddler (1 year old?) was named 'Jeo' .. and being the super loyalist I am, have named every doll thereafter as Jeo.  Oh, trust me please. I even have a tiny little Jeo with me .. i used to play with her when I was like 6 years or so .. she has lost a lot of hair, like me, but she's super cute - yeah, not enough time left now before this edition expires, to photograph her, then optimize that photo, copyright it and then include it in this post! phew, now I know why my posts take time .. to write as well as load <chuckle>

So, a la 'Second World' (the portal, dude & dudettes) avatar called 'Jeo' will be created .. she will be at my beck and call .. not even at my beck or call .. she will intuitively be there for me .. i will code, design & build her accordingly. 

Now, lest you have doubts about my orientation, I chose a female friend because I would love to have creatures that (a) understand, reciprocate, respect emotions (b) understand hues, colors, textures, fabrics, jewelry .. that's why a female avatar.  Nothing more to it.  See, as such I'm alone .. imagine having a 'Jo' avatar fellow who needs to be taught how mauve is not purple .. goodness me, I will go mad and get depressed!  So, Jeo, it will be. Not Jo!

That's nicely taken care of.  

Here is how I will make the world a better place for posterity - whenever Nature decides to repopulate - and repopulate it will, sooner than later:

1.  I will first learn to swim, drive and fly (aircraft) .. yeah, it will be a slow learning curve on trial & error basis .. but, trust me, eventually, i will.  So, until there's aviation fuel left, i can fly the aircraft across the world. To make it better for posterity.

2.  I will destroy all the nuclear plants in the world; the guns as well. Will torch them all & destroy all literature about them - so posterity can never rebuild them.

3.  I will digitize (remember, I am the empress of all the virtual storage space) all the finest literature, arts & science books in the world's libraries and store them for posterity - nicely indexed and summarized.  I will remove all references to crimes against women from them, so that, for the posterity, no woman will get raped or harmed.

4.  Every day, at the end of the day, closer to midnight (yeah, I know, i have to be my own timekeeper - but i will learn that as well - seeing the sun & moon), i will diligently blog - remember, I m now the empress - so, will take over IndiBlogger, Ahoy! Now, there won't be anyone to tell me closing times on IndiBlogger .. and none to threaten me my account will be disabled if i do this or that! Good riddance that, what say? Back to the topic .. yes, everyday, i will blog .. about what I did that day -- on both the fronts: pleasure & posterity.  Because, these blog posts will tell posterity my intentions of why and how i preserved what i did for them.

5.  I will try to 'procreate'. I am raised with a fairly good understanding of mythology - The Ramayana being my favorite.  Procreation is regarded a duty there.  Its our duty to procreate, in a limited manner, to keep the world going. Also, remember, we are the generation that believes in doing it ourselves? So, why wait for Nature to repopulate the world.  I will raid the sperm banks of the world .. and search for George Clooney, Shahrukh Khan or Brad Pitt's legacy .. and try and have a baby along the way.  I will try to experiment with mixing the underlying genes in these legacies .. because I would love a combination of Clooney's intellectual appeal, Khan's energy & intensity and Pitt's dashing good looks!

6.  I will destroy all the physical money in the world .. I wouldn't want posterity to have ills like black money, money laundering et al. Let them evolve their own trade mechanisms starting from barter .. that way, at least, it will be a few centuries before these evils take over ..

7.  I will, finally, have to learn to cook .. remember, the 'ready to eat' stuff in the super markets will all expire sooner than later .. so, like the cave (wo)man, i have to learn to cook .. wait a minute, how is this gonna help posterity, you ask? Well, if i don't learn & impart that to my baby & my avatar, how will posterity learn to cook? Nature hardly sends us to the world with the fish .. right? Nature expects us to learn to fish.  And that learning needs to be imparted in this world .. by each generation, on to its next .. Got it?

hmm.. its already a lot of hard work isn't it?

So, now, let's see how I will have fun - how will i please myself? Oh dear, i can't wait for all of this to happen ..

1.  I will have unrestricted access to all the jewelry in the world .. and, i don't even have to bother about paying for them or storing them .. so, to my heart's content, will wear new jewelry every hour .. gems & precious metals to glass, clay, acrylic and natural materials like shells .. sample this shell necklace I made at a beach:


Now you know I'm made for it :)

2.  I will design & make trendy new clothes with environment friendly material, model them myself, make videos and do regular vlogs (video blogs) for posterity.  Move over Paris & Mumbai .. i will run the future ramps! 

3.  I will learn to make music with all the instruments that are in the world .. 
  
4.  I will sleep to my heart's content .. wake up whenever i want to (deadline what?) ..

5.  I will ride a bicycle where I formerly couldn't even have imagined .. on the erstwhile busiest roads in the world :) (the only jam in my world would be on the bread .. not on the roads.  Traffic jam what?)

That's a brief (!) survival guide by yours truly.  Hope you like it .. let me know your thoughts :)

Cheers :)