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What 'Downsizing' Got Right (And Wrong) About Pain
Sunday 31 December 2017
What 'Downsizing' Got Right (and Wrong) About Pain
The Mighty’s editors are also a part of some of the communities we report on. Below, Crystal Hodges, our contributing editor, writes about chronic pain not as an editor but as a person with chronic pain.
Author’s Note: The following is a discussion of the movie “Downsizing” and contains spoilers.
Waste. Pollution. Overpopulation. Extinction. The end of humanity. These are all things that were on the minds of Norwegian scientists in the new movie “Downsizing.”
To save the planet and all of humanity, scientists came up with a voluntary medical procedure known as “downsizing.” Shrinking humans to a mere five inches, their waste would be minimized, pollution would be lessened and the risk of overpopulation would be less of a concern. While the procedure wasn’t supposed to be forced (although this became an issue in refugee situations), their goal was to downsize humanity over a period of time.
When Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) first heard of the procedure, he was in awe. The whole world was talking, and so was he.
One scene from the movie sticks out in my mind. Safranek was talking with his mother, whom he began caring for when she became ill, and his mother seemed baffled by the whole thing. In frustration, she asked, “Scientists can shrink people, but they can’t cure my fibromyalgia? I can’t breathe. I’m in pain. Doesn’t that matter?” While helping his mother, Paul reflected, “A lot of people are in pain, mom, in a lot of different ways.”
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