Meditations & More Than Meets the Eye

In Books by Brock Bourgase

Morpheus proves a pseudo-philosopher in the Matrix Trilogy, much like Marcus Aurelius in his collection of musings, Meditations, and Optimus Prime in the summer blockbuster flick, Transformers. The latter two offer interesting ideas but fall short of anything truly significant, like Tony Soprano quoting Sun-Tzu or mentioning Machiavelli to Dr. Melfi.

Marcus Aurelius repeats themes regarding man’s control over his own destiny and how the world and universe will carry on irrespective of one’s actions. One memorable point: “even if you burst with indignation they will still carry on regardless.” Another: the potential of the directing mind to speak loudly with actions, exhibiting values with deeds. Unfortunately, the reflections become somewhat repetitive as the Roman Emperor rambles.

Optimus Prime and the Autobots demonstrate how actions can speak louder than words, defending Earth from the insidious Decepticons. Prime’s retort to Megatron that humans “have the right to choose for themselves” is a perfect example of Choice Theory among people and robots.

Otherwise, the film offers a reasonable screenplay containing humourous moments and skilled actors in compelling roles. At other times, lazy convoluted writing, such as recurring representations of government stereotypes and too many plots, causes the film to drag as it approaches two and a half hours.

Polonius remarked that “brevity is the soul of wit,” an opinion somewhat lost in these two works, which could have been better had their creators decided to stroke their egos less. I’d rather read Meditations but in my ideal quality world, I’d prefer to watch Transformers written and directed by Marcus Aurelius. If such a film existed, I’m certain the witty banter among the characters would be unsurpassed.