Netflix's Godzilla trilogy of movies is a weird one. You go into a monster movie expecting lots of destruction and chaos. Instead, this trilogy is more of a thinking man's monster movie. What starts off as a unique angle for a Godzilla movie quickly reveals itself to be an examination of humanity, technology, and death itself.
The story suggests that life will inevitably destroy itself. As we seek advancement in technology we'll eventually find our own destruction. It's a fatalistic look at our future. Will our innate desires always lead us down this path? In the past century, it's unfolded before us. First, we developed nuclear weapons capable of wiping our civilization. Now we're witnessing the effects of ravenous of resources has on the climate and environment. Many of us personally would like to be better, but as a species can we be?
Peace has always been a temporary state. Even today when there's peace in more places than ever before, we're still one bad political decision away from nuclear wars. We're still heading full steam towards significant climate change. So even if we can be better, how long does better even last?
At the end of the series, the main character destroys himself and his technology to prevent its return. He fears his hatred and the destructive power of his technology will lead the happily existing primitive tribe down the same path as his people. Many see this ending as an indictment against technology. Maybe we must remain primitives so we don't destroy ourselves.
Instead, I think the technology is only a tool. Before his sacrifice, the main character tells a primitive that if he stays they might learn what hatred means. This could be a greater risk of destruction than the technology itself. In a culture without hate, where living is a success, would destructive technology even develop? Human nature can be violent and brutish but is it exacerbated by our culture?
Technology will inevitably develop in any society to improve life but the path it takes will be shaped by the culture it's developed by. Maybe self-destruction isn't inevitable if we can become a culture that values life itself over our desire for more.