“We are animals, we are wild.” sang the famous guitarist and singer Mr. Jason Mraz.
Are we as civilized as we thought? Or is there something very wild inside of us that we don’t know? Are we truly being ourselves, when we live among each other, play by the rules and stay where we were told to?
This may sound a little creepy, I know. But wait till you watch the brilliant film – “Wild Tales”, you will be immediately overwhelmed by the genuineness of it, and start questioning how sane you think you are.
Directed and written by Argentine director Damián Szifron, “Wild Tales” is a movie composed of 6 independent little stories, all revolve around a dark, yet humorous theme. Characters in the stories were all essentially normal, ordinary people, until they were challenged by incidents they thought were unacceptable.
The stories would give you a good laugh, but what stands out is, they also bring out an idea that could freak you out and excite you at the same time. We are living in a civilised world where we must learn and follow the rules, because that’s how we live harmoniously under the same roof. We do our job, pay our bills, drive inside the lane… which is all good, except, we might be suppressing our true self just to achieve the civilisation standard. (Has it ever occurred to you that you are in fact, a tamed monster?)
What do you do when you are being treated unfairly, and none of the “civilised” options could do you justice? Would you fight back, or would you just put up with it and move on with the humiliation? Honestly, the feelings we have inside us is fundamentally primitive, and as hideous as it may seem, we want revenge.
What the characters did to revenge in the movie are beyond crazy, but they triggered the excitement in us, as if their actions are justified, and necessary. It’s hard to believe that given certain scenarios and circumstances, our morality standard could shift in a twinkling of an eye. It’s not about human failing the social system, it is exactly the opposite. No matter how civilized our community is, our genetic instinct remains. No rule or law could refrain a human from feeling angry and hateful. Ironically, there are far too many terrible things happening, which are unable to be seen by the law.
Have we really evolved into a more intelligent organism, or are we actually no different than our ancestors from the forest? Are we thinking too highly of ourselves when we speak of civilization, and to define those who cannot abide, insane? Are we all just pretending to be someone who we were told to be, and acting normal?
“We’re all mentally ill.” – Stephen King.
Be it a social issue or the law of nature, we are just a bunch of mad men living in a mad world.