Problem: The nature of the Father-Son Relationship.
Possibility 1: Christian/Hegelian. The son is morally superior to the father. The son is the world progression towards moral perfection (heaven). The father cannot cope with the conscious awareness of his own immorality and kills himself. The son feels guilt for this and realizes that the son must always kill the father. Like Oedipus, he cannot accept this fate and kills himself.
Possibility 2: The son is intelligent. He works the computer better. He has a better sense of the world and the way things are moving on the world stage. He is a vegan and political activist. He gets straight A’s and attends an ivy league school.
The son represents the imposing technological singularity as an existential problem for humanity, stuck in a sea of continuous change, where the son surpasses the father in usefulness, intelligence, efficiency. The father feels proud, but antiquated, and once his son gets a job, falls into a deep mid-life crisis and kills himself.
The son, having lost his father, feels increasingly empty and hollow at his new job. He reflects on his life and where he is going. He senses the pointlessness of it all in the context of his own father’s suicide. He sees himself giving birth to a son who will one day pass him, only to repeat the same process forever. Feeling depressed and empty, the son kills himself.
Possibility 3: There is no historical imbalance between the father and the son. The father sees himself in the son and the son sees himself in the father. This truth bears in upon both and each kill themselves together. But this death is the death that had already happened. It happened the moment a person truly identifies with something outside themselves.
The question: Who were you before you were born? The same person you are now. The person you will always be