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In the comical movie, "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" historical museum exhibits come to life during the overnight hours. Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) wake up and move as night watchman Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) try to protect legendary characters from being boxed up and replaced by new, hologram exhibits.
During their quest to keep the figures alive, the couple receives a riddle that must be solved. They immediately run to the "Thinker" (no actor name; just animated stone) to see if the famous statue -- sitting on a rock in deep thought, resting his chin in his hand --
could think through to the solution.
When I watched this part of the movie, my mind wandered: who sits and thinks anymore?
The artist Auguste Rodin created The Thinker (a.k.a., The Poet) during a time when people had to rely more on their own intellect and meditation to solve problems. The Internet didn't tell them what to do, global information wasn't instantly available, and a device for every problem didn't exist.
Contemplation is not extinct, but it is getting rare, and its scarcity only hurts our quality of life. The Internet is not always right nor is the information pertinent or devices useful. In the museum, the Thinker was of no help; he was stuck in thinking mode. But in life, taking the time to ponder can be the difference between finding a meaningful
path and one that is a whirl of senseless activity.
No man-made hologram can replace the beauty and wonderment
that is our own experience, but we will never see that unless we take the time to sit on a rock and think about it.
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