Tears in Rain

 

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.”

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” 

These are the final words of Roy Batty, the rebel replicant in the movie “Blade Runner,” directed by Ridley Scott, based on Philip K. Dick’s story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” The screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

This scene makes me reflect on fear, love of life, and impermanence.

LIVING IN FEAR

During a time in my life when I was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and fear, the words spoken in this scene of the movie “Blade Runner” made me reflect a lot about the disturbing effects of fear. The movie depicts a society in the future where robots are sent to other planets to do the hard work. These automatons are the slaves of the future, and the best ones are known as replicants, excellent replicas of human beings. Similar to humans, they function just for a limited amount of time, until they reach that point when their systems shut down and their existences come to an end. A group of replicants come to love their lives so much that they want to prevent this from happening; they don’t want to die. So they initiate a violent rebellion, and come to Earth with the intent of meeting their creator, the scientist who invented and manufactures the androids. Their hope is that, after hearing their plea, he will extend their lives. Special police operatives, known as Blade Runners, are assigned to hunt down and exterminate the defiant replicants. A retired police officer from the Blade Runner squadron reluctantly accepts the assignment to eliminate the rebel androids, and that’s what he does, one by one. The end of the movie brings us to witness the confrontation between this detective and the last rebel left, the strongest of them all, the leader of the group. The final clash takes place on the rooftop of an abandoned building. The android clearly has the upper hand, and the detective is about to lose the fight, and his life. On the verge of dying, when the detective is showing all his fear, the slave calmly says to him, “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

I have reflected on these words and they have taught me a lot. The slave himself defines what slavery truly is: slavery is to live in fear. Think about it: to live in fear is to be a slave. Every time I think about this passage I reflect upon the damaging effects of fear. It is certainly not an easy endeavor, but we must find the courage to be present and curious about our fears because facing fear is what, ultimately, liberates us.

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? This is what it is to be a slave.” 

Fear holds us prisoners. If we live our lives in fear we will never be truly free. Set yourself free.

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LOVING LIFE, ALL LIFE

Knowing that all his attempts to extend his life had failed, and that the end of his existence was imminent, the replicant decides to save his enemy’s life. In the final moments of his existence, he decides to give life, not to take it, maybe because of the great love for life that he had developed. I think that when you come to a deeper understanding of what life is, you come to the conclusion that because life is too precious, no one should ever kill. We understand that the preservation of life is paramount.

What comes to my mind is a saying attributed to Gandhi: “For this cause I am willing to die, but there is no cause I am willing to kill for.”

I Will Not Kill

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IMPERMANENCE

Nothing lasts forever. “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

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Know that you are loved!

~ Piero


 

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who hopes to inspire people to live lives that matter. He is a promoter of peace who believes that Heaven is here, if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation and mindful living, and organizes Silent Peace Walks.

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