The Spirit of Life Essay

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“Blue Fairy make me a real boy” pleads David (Haley Joel Osment), the robot child that found a purpose, and with it the essence of life. Steven Spielberg’s motion picture Artificial Intelligence (2001) examines the spirituality behind life, and challenges what it means to be alive and “real”. Many people would argue that life is the defining trait that separates organic from inorganic matter (Judy, n.d.). AI assesses what it truly means to be alive, and whether the stuff life is made of is exclusive only to organic organisms. The literal meaning of being alive is; organic organisms that undergo metabolic processes allowing for growth and change. On a philosophical level the meaning of life is far more convoluted. Often, to be alive is …show more content…
David’s fear of damage and destruction from the perceived threat of the knife held by Martin’s friend resulted in the loss of all logic and reasoning; all David could see was the knife and danger.
Among organisms considered alive similar occurrences have been known to occur. For instance, 1908 in Boyertown PA, 170 people perished in the Opera house fire when their instincts resulted in the crowd of theater goers rushing the inward opening doors, pushing the doors closed, and preventing most people from escaping the ensuing flames (Rhoads, 2011). As David almost killed Martin in an attempt to avoid pain and damage, the theater goers at the Rhoads Opera house in 1908 killed each other in their panic to escape the burning building. Living is typically accompanied by the instinct to maintain life and functionality. Often, when the possibility of destruction arises, organisms that are “real” will do almost anything to escape the damage. Just picture a mouse in a sticky trap; in a desperate attempt to escape, ensnared victims will chew their own limbs off. Destruction defies “real” organisms’ capacity for logic.
The emotional component of the spirit of Life
The picture begins with Professor Hobby (William Hurt) addressing his team of robot

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