14) Lain takes place in a very modern time, which is supposed to
be like a reflection of our own time period, except one that is
heavily evolved on the technology part. 2001: A Space Odyssey had
the same notion in the sense that in the near future, when the
technology humanity had created, would turn back on us. Technology
is good. It's a tool to help us. However, technology itself is
something we cannot always be dependent on. Technology can fail.
And if we are so dependent on techology, then we ourselves will
fail. Lain shows us the Wired, another word for the "Internet."
The Wired is so advanced to the point where users can connect and
live it like a reality. In this case, we can say that the Wired is
a parallel world to ours, neither real nor false. The Wired
could've existed long before humanity was even born. The Wired
could've been here since the beginning of time. The Real World, on
the other hand, could also be something that existed since the
beginning of time, but that is not for sure. What if it was the
other way around? The Real World is fake, to put it bluntly. Or
maybe not. The point here is that everything is a technology. We
are technology. "Devices" in Lain also referred to ourselves, such
as the head, hand, feet, etc. Technology (like the telephone
pole... yes, let's just forget that one), can be used in three
ways, actually. They are: good, bad, and nothing at all. In other
words, technology is just there. It's sitting there looking at us.
We take advantage of that and use it, which is why it comes down to
the good/bad usage of technology. The other point is that perhaps
we shouldn't have technology. It drives us to the point of being
really dependable on it. Like said before, we can get as far as
failing ourselves because our techology didn't work. To summarize
this one up, we can say that living a simple, ordinary life is the
best choice in the world. Lain discovers this through Alice, who
brings her back to reality in the end. The question of "why need a
body" is answered in that episode, or so fragments of it.
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