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No More Jurassic World Domination} ?> I like being in control. This doesn’t necessarily mean I want world domination (that’s only every other day), but I do desire to control my future, my schedule, and sometimes even other people. I feel like life would be easier if I could dictate everything that happens in it. I’m not sure if this is just because I’m a detail-oriented person, or if everyone feels this way. I tend to make goals every New Year’s Day, plan out each week on the weekend, make lists and schedules. I even make contingency plans in case something goes wrong. Unexpected events that come my way, such as sickness or other emergencies, can throw me off balance. It’s hard to accept that I can’t control unforeseen circumstances.
The staff of Jurassic World also have this desire for control, especially Claire Dearing. She likes to predict future events, schedule her life, and do everything she can to steer the company into a profitable direction. This isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, however, her endeavors often cost spending time with the people she cares about, hurting her family life and her love life.
Owen: It’s all about control with you. I don’t control the Raptors. It’s a relationship. It’s based on mutual respect. That’s why you and I never had a second date.
Because of Claire’s obsession with control, she loses respect for the people around her and even for the animals in the park. She treats everyone like the means to an end and not like they have lives and feelings. And does her success in making other people do what she wants make her happy? No, she is always uptight, stressed, and doesn’t know how to take a break. Her priorities are so out of order she doesn’t schedule time to see her own nephews, Gray and Zach, whom she hasn’t visited in years. She doesn’t even remember their ages.
I don’t want to lose respect for other people because I think I can do a better job than they are doing. I don’t want to lose out on relationships because I’m so busy with all the details I miss the big picture. I know I’ve neglected family before, because I’ve been so focused on keeping tabs on my schedule. I concentrate so hard on what I’m doing and I forget to even slot family and friends into my schedule.
Vic Hoskins, the ambitious InGen security contractor, wants to control the raptors and harness their primal strengths for his own gain to steer the balance of military power. He does this at the expense of others’ lives and by abusing the animals. In the end, he meets his demise by the same raptors he wants to dominate.
Having control over my life makes me feel powerful. Unfortunately, part of life is accepting weaknesses. I am weak. I am not all powerful; nor am I all knowing. I am human, and I often have to rely on others to get through the day. That’s how life works.
Simon Masrani, the owner of Jurassic World, is the opposite of Claire and Vic. He is relaxed, positive, and a dreamer. During Claire’s helicopter ride with him, he says, “The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.”
This is a tough pill to swallow. Letting go of the idea that I can’t make up a contingency plan for every disaster, that I can’t predict every moment of my life, is hard to accept. Perhaps if other members of the staff listened to this advice then Jurassic World wouldn’t have fallen to the same fate as its predecessor, Jurassic Park. But Claire wanted to control the company, and the creation of the Indominus rex—despite all of the potential dangers—seemed like the best way to do so.
I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with my scheduling habits; that’s just the kind of person I am. But if I let my need for control stop me from enjoying life, I’ll miss out on a lot. Situations will (and have) come my way that I can’t prevent. That is life. Owen Grady accepted that no matter how much temporary control he has over the raptors, that he could never fully control them. They also were living, breathing creatures that had their own thoughts and emotions.
If I let my desire to control others in an attempt to achieve perfection—or, I should say, how I think things should go—I’ll miss out on important relationships. True friendships involve trusting one another and acknowledging that mistakes are going to happen. Sure, maybe I could have made a better decision for my friend, but forcing my will on others is more damaging than helpful.
Ultimately, the only person I can control is myself, and what I do with myself when things are out of my control (which is more often than not). In many situations, when I let things go, plans work out better than I imagined. Sometimes I need to stop trying to plan my life and strive to do the best I can with the time I am given (there may be a Lord of the Rings quote in there somewhere). Am I ever totally in control of anything, anyway? Not really. And that’s okay. It’s fine. It’s all right. I’m FINE with it. Really.