Westworld in real life?


Westworld has told us a lot of truths about our own society. It has shown us what we could become if we get full control, full freedom. But there’s more lessons to learn from it…

For those who dont know what I’m talking about, here’s the Wikipedia description of westworld –

In a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, West world, the visitors interact with automatons. However, all hell breaks loose when the automatons begin malfunctioning.

So basically it involves hosts who want to walk out of the park. They try their best to do so.

Five minutes into the episode 1, there is a gun showdown. It not just stops there. It keeps on happening the whole time anybody is in the park. Not just gun violence, there is also a lot of sex. While this may amuse some people but it is very disturbing…

In one of the episodes, the maker of the park, says that he made this park for people to enjoy what they dont get in the real world – freedom. Freedom from society, from people, from surveillance, and from ANY rules.

But, its the robots who suffer due to the guests. This may revel a bigger picture about us as a human society too…

I know its just a TV show. But if you really see it, you will realise that it is POSSIBLE that we also live in a westworld park.

We all crave for freedom. Especially us in the democratic countries, think that we dont have enough freedom. But if we get total freedom, this is what is gonna happen. The same thing which happens in the park – killing and fucking. We will keep on killing and fucking people if we get TOTAL freedom.

Apart from that, the show also shows the dangerous side of developing robots. You see, in the show, they make robots (hosts) who have emotions and cognition. Meaning, they can think and feel. They are almost like humans but made of steel, iron and stuff like that.

In the first season, the robots always live in their own little loops created for them. They follow the same story-line. Surprisingly, we humans also do the same thing. The same monotonous life – brushing, bathing, eating, all in some order which suits us…

But the loops on the robots are written by someone else. The main character Dolores, finds out about the evilness of the park along with Maeve and they rebel against the park authorities gathering all the hosts to join them in the rebellion. Now, Isn’t this somewhat similar to our societies rebelling against the government? See, our loops are also kind of related to our lifestyle. A person from UK might live his loop inside a big house but at the same time, a person from  a poorer country might be living it inside a hut. But both of them might have their own grievances with their governments. So..it RELATES!

In the park, the hosts are kept in control by a computer device. The device is used by the officers to control the hosts’ emotions, cognition, memory etc. Now, how does this relate to real life? It does. In Asia, we live in a communal society. Our decisions affect the image of our family and friends. If I kill someone, my parents will also be blamed along with me. So in such a communal society, there are unwritten rules for us. The men usually are not supposed to show emotions. So, its like the computer is the society controlling us, our emotions, our cognition and our decisions! but indirectly. But it dosent matter because the effect in both the cases is the same – YOU CAN BE CONTROLLED.

You see, what I’m trying to say here, is very simple – maybe we are also HOSTS in real life. Not like literally, but in an indirect way. We are controlled by the society, the government is responsible for our loops, and we live in a free society (like the hosts live in the freedom park) but there is no true freedom for US. Maybe for the guests (like if I invite someone from north Korea to my country) but not for us…

Also, total freedom will only harm us and make us no less than the wild animals who also keep doing the same thing all the time – killing and fucking…

Of course, the TV show is more fast, violent, uncontrollable than our real lives. And its FAKE. I know that. But isn’t it a good perspective to consider? We as hosts in a park called “earth”/ <name of our country>  ?

So that’s it guys. I tried something new this time. Hope you liked it. If you did, please hit the like button and share it with your friends.Note – this is not a review of the series. Its just a comparison of it with real life.

Lastly, I would like you to see the trailer of Westworld to understand it better if you haven’t watched it yet. 

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