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Imputation in an Unlikely Place
An old man sits in a room and watches a younger man sleep. The younger man is destined to live a life characterized by death, struggle, and strife. The older man look at the younger man, stands up and crosses the room, and literally pours his life into the young man. He walks away and shortly thereafter dies. When the young man wakes up he realizes that the life of the old man has been transferred to him, and he now is destined for a whole new existence because of the sacrifice of the older man. Although the 2011 dystopian film
was originally written to explore the divergence between the wealthy and impoverished, it also, albeit unwittingly, explores the theological concept of imputation. In this futuristic reality, humans have developed a genetic technology that allows all human beings to be free of disease and to stop aging at the biological age of 25. However, on their 25
birthday a clock built into their forearm begins counting down 1 year. When the clock hits zero, the person dies. However, rather than trade in currency, humans trade in time. By working they are able to extend their lives, those who are extremely wealthy can extend it indefinitely.
In the film, Henry Hamilton is the wealthy old man previously referenced. He meets a young Will Salas and decides to give him the one hundred years left on his clock. However, as Salas soon finds out, this imputation of life does not change his social status or erase his past. Despite the fact that he has been given a positive balance, the negatives of his past life and standing cannot be ignored by the social elite. Another imputation, which unfortunately never comes for Salas, would be required in order to remove the stigma and stain of his former life.
"In Time," IMDb, accessed May 03, 2013, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637688/.