INTERIOR LINCOLN MEMORIAL - FULL SHOT - DAY
The great seated, brooding figure of Lincoln is at the far
end of the impressive main hall. A few tourists are moving
about the place.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - KLAATU AND BOBBY
They are in the south hall, on the wall of which is inscribed
the Gettysburg Address. They stand silently, side by side,
reading the inscription.
Featuring the last part of the Address. It reads: "--and
that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth."
TWO SHOT - KLAATU AND BOBBY
Those are great words.
He must have been a great man.
EXT. LINCOLN MEMORIAL - MED. CLOSE SHOT - DAY
That's the kind of man I'd like to
Bobby looks up at him in bewilderment. After a moment Klaatu
speaks slowly, thoughtfully.
Bobby -- who's the greatest man in
(puzzling it over)
Gee -- I don't know... The space
man, I guess.
I was speaking of earth men. I meant
the greatest philosopher -- the
You mean the smartest man in the
Yes -- that would do nicely.
(after a moments
Well -- Professor Barnhardt, I guess.
He's the greatest scientist in the
slowly, as he recalls
the newspaper story
He lives here in Washington, doesn't
Sure. Right near where my mother
Where is that?
Department of Commerce. She's a
They have a man they call the
Secretary, but he isn't at all. My
mother's a real secretary.
(after a moment;
Mr. Carpenter -- now can we go see
the space ship?
EXT. THE MALL - LONG SHOT - SPACE SHIP AND GORT - DAY
A crew of Army engineers is in process of erecting a temporary
structure such as a large Quonset hut or B29 hanger to enclose
the space ship and Gort. The walls are partially up and
already have concealed part of the ship. The area is roped
off and there are Army guards to keep the sightseers back.
There is a crowd of people behind the ropes, watching. CAMERA
MOVES IN to reveal the backs of Bobby and Klaatu.
TWO SHOT - KLAATU AND BOBBY
Bobby is studying the ship and Gort eagerly, his imagination
thoroughly aroused. Klaatu is watching the men at work with
mild, quiet amusement.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - GORT
from Bobby's viewpoint.
TWO SHOT - BOBBY AND KLAATU
Bobby's eyes are wide with awe as he watches the giant robot.
Boy, I'll bet he's strong. I bet he
could knock down a whole building.
(with a quizzical
I shouldn't be at all surprised.
Bobby's attention shifts to the ship.
MED. SHOT - SPACE SHIP
From Bobby's viewpoint.
TWO SHOT - BOBBY AND KLAATU
Gee, I'd like to get inside and see
how it works. What do you think makes
(quietly, after a
Well -- atomic power, I would imagine.
(looking at Klaatu
I thought that was only for bombs.
No. It's for a lot of other things,
You think it can go faster than an F-
Yes -- I think so.
MED. CLOSE SHOT KLAATU AND BOBBY
shooting from a side angle to include a couple of men who
are listening to Klaatu's conversation. They are nudging
each other, amused at the way this man is pretending to
explain things to the little boy.
About a thousand miles an hour?
Klaatu has noticed the two men, who have edged a little closer
to listen. He is not perturbed by them, but he lowers his
voice a bit.
Maybe four thousand miles an hour.
And outside the Earth's atmosphere a
good deal faster.
Gee! How could they make a landing?
Well -- there are several ways to
reduce landing speed. You see, the
Klaatu interrupts himself as he realizes that he may be going
too far. The two men have moved closer, listening and
grinning. One of them whispers to the other behind the back
of his hand. Then the man realizes that Klaatu has stopped
speaking and is looking at him.
Keep goin', Mister. He was fallin'
The two men burst out laughing and move off together. Bobby,
who has missed the point of this by-play, looks at Klaatu,
then after the men. As they move out of scene they laugh
loudly at the little boy's confusion. Klaatu takes Bobby's
hand to lead him away from the roped-off area.
Curiousity & Incomprehension
Five decades and four years have past since this film was made and yet much of the world right now is still either like Bobby, with naive and eager curiousity, or the two ignorant men laughing at Klaatu's knowledge thinking it is some sort of snow job, since they couldn't follow a word he said.
The sad truth of 2005 is that you could share the secrets of the universe with the people of earth and almost all would fail to grasp any of them, much less ferret out their significance. Even some of our world's finest minds are still mired in indoctrinated ignorance and would make even the fifty year old image of Professor Barnhardt a role model of rationality and open-mindedness.
Over five decades later and the earth is still mostly standing still--stagnant in its understanding of life, death and the infinite cosmos. The invisible world still frightens them and they sit, blank-faced and mesmerized, in front of their televisions and LCD monitors and yet most could not tell begin to tell you how they work. They await their death and fill their days with appeasing their base desires.
The fragile human ego cannot tolerate looking dumb and so they prefer to avoid asking questions, falling back on ridicule, much like the two spectators mocking Klaatu's comments. Fear of the unknown is still all-pervasive, even though it is masked by the day-to-day hustle and bustle of modern civilization, the internet, television and tivo.
Fear and ignorance lead to personal destruction. There are folks upon this world who will not continue forward in a progressive evolution. They will peak at a certain level of intelligence and then they will devolute--losing all they had learned until they are again absorbed into the fabric of the infinite cosmos...energy. No gods will mourn their passing. No savior will be able to save them from their own destructive course.
Here is my message today to all:
Forgive me if I speak bluntly.
Your time grows smaller every day --
and your actions and knowledge will
be the sole determiner of your future
beyond the grave.
Immortality is not granted by any of
your pagan deities. Your survival is
solely dependant upon you and your
efforts to learn about yourself, your
mind and how to develop it positively.
Irresponsibly squandering your time
while here will, eventually, lead to
absorption -- the permanent death of
You must learn about energy and how
the sum of what you are functions
and regenerates this energy. If you
do not, you will be hard pressed to
maintain an upwards trajectory.
I came here to give you the facts.
It is no concern of mine if you decide
to ignore this message -- but if you
do, your future will probably not be bright.
Sadness, depression and a lack of fulfillment
will fill your lifetimes until you become
desperate and awaken to a greater need, a
greater purpose. Upon the day of this
awakening all these messages will take on
new import and significance. Your mind
will no longer be satiated by television
and its fictional violence or mere carnal
desires. You will begin to see past the
facade of materialism and you will
earn your immortality by building your
consciousness so that it can resonate
with these higher spectra and make them
your new home.
Some time in your future, you too, will
return to the Earth with an open hand and
you will share infinite wisdom to assist those
you left behind. Many will ridicule or fear
you, but you will not mind, because you will
understand this and will rejoice in those
ones who benefit from your efforts.
I look forward to that day.