Everything you need to know about “Avatar”, James Cameron’s new tour de force, was written over at HotAir by Dr. Zero, in a post entitled, The Suicide Fantasy. Read the whole thing — and the comments, too — but the essence boils down to this:
The can of holistic whup-ass opened by the magical world of Pandora at the end of Avatar comes from the same grocery of doom that supplies George Monbiot and Polly Toynbee with their nightmares. Read their words again, and understand they don’t really believe those things will happen – no one is stupid enough to believe the twaddle about submerged cities dispensed by the global-warming cult. They want those things to happen. They daydream about glaciers melting and creating tidal waves that deposit soggy clumps of coral reef and rainforest in the middle of London. They shudder with orgasmic delight as they imagine drowning capitalists and politicians coughing out a spray of ice water, dodging the enraged polar bears swept into Fleet Street by the morning tide, and crying “George! Polly! You were right! You were right all along, and we were so blind… Save us!” But it will be too late, and George and Polly will only be able to fold their arms and blaze with smug satisfaction, glowing bright enough to remain clearly visible as they sink into the frigid depths.
Avatar is indeed a suicide fantasy, or more precisely, as one commenter put it, a genocide fantasy. It embodies every liberal cliche ever imagined about good (natives, Gaiea, nature, the environment) and evil (military, mercenaries, capitalism, big business, technology).
James Cameron is already a very very very wealthy man. Why should you contribute your hard-earned dollars to the capitalistic big-business technologically created fruits of his labor?