Among the questions this week’s feature, Cherry 2000, raises is whether or not love with a robot can be the real thing or not. Pizza Infinity gives us their answer in this short which won Best Picture at the 2008 Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project and it looks like they think the answer is a resounding NO.
The Bible seems to back this up, at least in this particular instance. Who can forget the famous lines from I Corinthians 13, “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away… So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Oh, fickle robot, true love couldn’t be erased by the passing of a simple magnet. Shame on you. Of course, your “true love” was a skanky adulterous, so it’s hard to feel too bad for her, but still…
You know, that passage of Scripture has been quoted so much, has become so familiar, I bet a lot of you skimmed over it. Doreen Truesdell, writing on Catholic Exchange this past Valentine’s Day, thinks you might not want to do that. “If you were tempted to skip over those lines, please go back and re-read them. This time try replacing every reference to the word "love" with your own name. Go ahead. It’s a sobering exercise in confronting what love really is.”
Eeek! I don’t about you, but that little drill didn’t go too well for me. Pardon me while I go find a big magnet to lay my head against in hopes I’ll forget the whole thing.