If you’ve ever seen the British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, you may be familiar with the episode titled Terrorform. If you’re not familiar with it, you can watch it by using the link. It’s pretty weird.
Red Dwarf – Series V – Episode 3: Terrorform – Kryten and Rimmer crash land on a “psi-moon”, an artificial planetoid which terraforms itself to match the inner psyche and subconscious of anyone who lands on it. Kryten is cut in half in the crash, and Rimmer finds himself alone and taken prisoner by manifestations of his own inner demons. Lister, Cat and Holly arrive to rescue them, but find themselves trapped in an environment shaped by Rimmer’s bizarre, self-loathing mind.
In one scene, Lister, Cat and Kryten find themselves in a graveyard that represents the lost aspects of Rimmer’s personality. Charm is a particularly tiny grave. That says a lot about Rimmer’s lack of same. Hope is an open grave. The others must find him and free him of his self-loathing before that grave is filled and the hideous monster that represents Rimmer’s self-hatred destroys them all.
I wonder…what would each of our psyche’s graveyards look like?
Mine would have a large tombstone for Pride: “Lived a Long and Bothersome Life. Lost 2008.”
There would also be grave markers for Selfishness…Deceptiveness…Secrets…Irresponsibility. I was hoping to have laid Stubbornness and Temper to rest by now, but they seem to be thriving.
What have you laid to rest? What would you like to see in your own psyche’s graveyard?