Source: The Verge, Nov 2016
a deeper, grander theme about free will and personal responsibility. Story of Your Life spotlights those ideas more than any others. The theme rests on a line Louise utters in one of Arrival’s closing scenes. “If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?”
Chiang’s more direct message about learning how to appreciate life’s moments, to live outside the bounds of time.
If we could see our lives laid out before us, would we change anything? Story of Your Life— and by extension Arrival — is telling us to live as if the answer is, and always will be, a resolute no.