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The survival instinct mixed with human greed in the reality of jungle will never allow for resource distribution as we imagine in utopian worlds . This will always lead to a Wilford. Always a Taker. Always a father of a new totalitarian agriculture. The thing is that Wiford thinks his theory of forceful eradication over natural selection is totally justified to keep the train running, sustainable and eternal. No different from the selected few ten thousand years back who went against laws of life and nature to bring to their own tribes and civilizations what they thought was justice and balance.

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The "sacred engine" will keep on running the train built on the fear of " if you go outside you will freeze and die". The fear will keep feeding more power to the already powerful as they build their beautiful gardens and sanctuaries while the tail section children die in filth to keep the rich running.

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Of course there is a disruption possible. That disruptor could be the momentary hero who will cut his arm off to save a baby. Gilliam, even in his possible corruption, did it , and so did Curtis. That disruptor could be Nam having the audacity to think that snow outside could be melting. These disruptions make big and small revolutions potent with saving humanity. As the movie ends with still of Timmy staring at the polar bear, you could only see hope even as the most unthinkable oppressions and injustice have passed by.

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As about the story telling itself, Bong Joon-ho so immediately and easily makes revolution of the tail section personal revolution of the audience by the atrocious selection and attack on the violinist and the children, the black slimy blocks distributed as food. And so easily makes Curtis the hero we have been so desperately waiting for. When just on his glass belief Curtis takes the gun on his head proving it has no bullets, we see someone more than just after his survival. We see a leader who could take a bullet for us. So ghastly opposite from our reality today. But that’s a different topic that we shall spare today.

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V Paliwal

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