Interstellar was a beautiful movie, but few - if any - people dared notice the Malthusian message at the heart of the movie.
Something terrible happened in the world depicted in Christopher Nolan's most important movie he's yet directed.
Why are the New York Yankees playing a Major League Baseball (MLB) game in Iowa? Why was NASA shutdown for refusing to drop bombs on starving people?
The movie has absolutely nothing to do with global warming or climate change, as so many intellectual dishonest (perhaps 'deficient' is a more apt term) people determined upon seeing Interstellar when it was first released.
Yet the heart of the Malthusian nature of Interstellar is encapsulated in an early scene, where Jon Lithgow's character [Donald] is reminiscing upon a past filled with hope and boundless potential, only to be lost when every person earth believed they had a right to a 1st World lifestyle:
I hear your meeting at the school didn’t go so well.
You heard? You know, it’s like we’ve forgotten who we are, Donald. Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers.
When I was a kid, it felt like they made something new every day. Some gadget or idea. Like every day was Christmas. But six billion people, just try to imagine that. And every last one of them trying to have it all. This world isn’t so bad. And Tom will do just fine. You’re the one who doesn’t belong. Born forty years too late or forty years too early. My daughter knew it, God bless her. And your kids know it, especially Murph.
Well, we used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.
Cooper, you were good at something and you never got a chance to do anything with it. I’m sorry.Billions died off in the world depicted in this movie, because population increases in the 3rd world outpaced food production (no mention of hysterical whites altruistically propping up non-white populations via a transfer of wealth through misguided, suicidal outreach programs).
Resources are finite, and human potential isn't - as we are constantly lectured while "We are the World" plays in the background - infinite.
Potable water isn't a right, but a constant struggle to maintain.
Just in Time inventory is a supply-chain methodology possible only in a high-trust society.
Malthus was, in the end, right.
Wishful thinking won't change this fact.
Redistributing wealth from white nations to the 3rd world won't change this fact.
There is no right to life.
There is no right to liberty.
There is not right to pursue happiness.
There exists only duty and responsibility.
Duty to protect the memory of our ancestors, duty to protect our interests in the present, and responsibility to give our posterity the chance to inherit a world better than the one we knew so they may have a duty to protect the memory of us.
That's how you perpetuate a civilization, nurturing it so one day it will produce explorers, pioneers and caretakers.