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Inside Out is largely about memory and how it shapes every human being. Riley (and every other human character in the movie) have personified emotions who curate their psyche in the form of a massive labyrinth of "memory balls."
At the start of Inside Out, Joy is a bit overzealous about prioritizing Riley's joyful memories above all others. She is dismissive of Riley's other emotions, particularly Sadness. But when Riley runs away from her new home, Joy is forced on an adventure with Sadness, and when Sadness ultimately saves the day, Joy comes to understand Sadness's value.
The preservation of ALL kinds of memories is important, both for individuals like Riley, and for entire races (like we Jews).
We can't flush away all of our sad "memory balls" and forget all our tragedies or we will be doomed to repeat them, and we can't let Sadness take over without spiraling into crippling depression. Likewise, we can't allow ourselves to be defined solely by Anger, Disgust, or Fear either.
The Jewish people have a long, storied history, and to preserve our identity, we need to remember as much of it as possible, regardless of whether it inspires disgust, sadness, anger, fear or joy.
I watched this movie with a friend of mine who is also Jewish and we both really enjoyed it. What stood out most to me was the focus on memories. Being Jewish it is important to remember our past and everything our people have been through. For me this film made me think about what it means to remember and made me reflect on my life. I appreciate the extended thought that I encountered after watching this film.
Jurassic Park was a massive failure. I'm talking about the amusement park from the original movie, not the movie itself. Obviously.
In the testing phase of Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs escaped and ate a bunch of people, so the park was shut down.
But at some point in the last 22 years, the park was green-lit anyways and opened under a new name, "Jurassic World." Once again, the dinosaurs escaped and ate a bunch of people.
Clearly, history is doomed to repeat itself for those who don't remember and learn from their past. This point is made both by the re-branding of the park name and when a control room employee is chastised for wearing an original "Jurassic Park" t-shirt. InGen (the company that has always run the park) attempts to sweep the original park tragedy under the rug and distance themselves from the unpleasant parts of their past. This is when they lose focus on park safety and tragedy strikes again.
We, as Jews, have suffered a lot in our past, but we can't try to bury it to ease the pain. We have to remember the tragedies so that we may prevent them from happening again.