Tron legacy was a follow-up from the 1980’s not so hi-tech version of “Tron” . The luminous suits and breath-taking sleek visual effects always grab my excitement, so does the theme based around building the “perfect system”.
Has there ever been a time in your life, you made a divine plan of action, a goal, a path to destiny to only be faced with an obstacle like “Clu” waiting at the portal at your doorway to freedom? I can boast of the same issues. A pothole in the road of life can bring a breakdown along your journey but it’s how we handle the crash that really matters. We live in a world from the beginning of creation that’s turned bad. We have advanced in technology but regressed in Integrity. In the digital realm of Tron legacy Clu was replicated to create the “perfect system” in his opening speech to his followers. Clu believed a lie, he was corrupted but he had no ability to perceive it.
Perfectionism as a character trait is common and an amazing, admirable quality UNTIL its limits are lost. That person becomes entrenched, obsessed at striving to be the best. When the best gets better we go back to the beginning of the cycle of striving. Before we know it, we self-destruct, procrastinate and open a door for all kinds of competing flaws along with selfish and evil intent. Time goes by and now you’ve turned into a monster. Why? because it may be your ideology that others must live up to your impeccable standards. When they don’t, you destroy them and it doesn’t need to be physical destruction. You just don’t accept imperfections even though we all have our own. Along comes another friend Hypocrisy. Now hypocrisy stands there and tells everyone the world has been corrupted by everyone else except “hypocrisy “.
Towards the end of the film, there is an interesting dialogue between Clu and his creator. Kevin Flynn. Judgement has come, someone has to account for what has taken place.
There’s the punchline. The perfect system does not exist. It cannot because we are not. We can create ideal solutions at the time only for them to be superseded by someone else. How do you handle that? How do you handle when life sucks, when the sun goes down because we expected things to go a certain way but it went the complete opposite? How will you respond to a utterly infected, diseased and corrupt system? You know it’s the worlds system right? The answers we seek, we’ll never find them in the government, politicians or the next scientist breakthrough cure. We have watched history repeat itself and seen a glimpse of this words future is tech but the Film Tron descries a situation where the Master Computer surpassed itself, becoming self aware. We have hope if we look in the right place but we kid ourselves in believing things can only get better without divine intervention at some point. Systems are made, creation may erupt with a bang but that bang needs intelligence to create a blade of grass and replicate. It needs intelligence to form the solar system and the perfect percentage of atmospheric gas for us to breath and exhale the right quantities. Space is too complex to have evolved with planets aligned to ensure our survival. Dark and strange matter didn’t obliterate the Nasa space station or interfere with the ionosphere. We don’t even know the full extent of what space contains. There is no budget big enough to research it. I have myself witnessed people I knew who burned out striving to perfection because it’s so soul exhausting. The procrastination on taking risks turns to inaction. Then along comes passive mode, nothing gets done as you know it won’t be perfect yet. Now you may as well wait until the right time. When it’s perfect. Clu misunderstood what that was and was prepared to kill to attain it. (The gift of life)
Tron and Tron Legacy in the subject Tech leads me to this quote. “We may live to see manmade horrors beyond out comprehension – Nikola Tesla
How we escape? That, belongs in another story.