I think it’s time we get our priorities straight, so I have to admit, I’m more than a little confused about 65-year-old Godzilla.
Godzilla is, rightly, the king of monsters. Unstoppable, always fighting evil, except when he’s destroying everything in sight. But, hey, who’s keeping track?
So an important question to consider is, is Godzilla good or bad?
I definitely remember Godzilla trampling Tokyo, laying waste to apartment buildings and power stations, and sinking ships at sea.
It, or he, has beaten the Japanese Self Defense Forces, Monster Zero, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla. Often he has had help from Godzilla Junior, Rodan, and Mothra, who is accompanied by those mysterious twins.
Godzilla has also fought King Kong, agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers.
Godzilla generally does not like people, but he will on occasion help humans fight against mutual threats. He will not, however, make any kind of special effort to defend people or property.
Like a clumsy teenager, his sheer bulk means he will cause death and destruction wherever he goes. But if he does show up in your neighborhood, be assured he does not eat people, but you should still make every effort to avoid him
So is he good or bad? Well, in technical terms, Godzilla lacks moral agency, and therefore human standards of right and wrong simply do not apply to him.
Ok, so much for reality. Here’s when I start to get confused.
How big is Godzilla? Well, in 1954 he was said to be 328 feet tall. But by 1956 he had grown to at least 797 feet. In 2014 he was back to 355 feet tall, but in 2017 he had grown to 984 feet. I’m not sure how tall he is now.
Actually, I think there is a plot to keep Godzilla’s real identity secret. After all, his name, when translated from Japanese, is “gorilla whale.” Obviously, a ploy to throw us off track.
I’m Larry Burriss.