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Movie Review: Automata

 

MOVIE INFO

In a future where Earth’s ecosystem verges on collapse, man-made robots roam the city to protect dwindling human life. When a robot overrides a key protocol put in place to protect human life, ROC Robotics insurance agent Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) is assigned to locate the source of the manipulation and eliminate the threat. What he discovers leads Vaucan, ROC Robotics and the police into a battle with profound consequences for the future of humanity. (C) Official Site

-From Rotten Tomatoes

REVIEW

This movie provided a captivating examination of the potential of a new direction for the expression of consciousness on Earth.  Humans are always portrayed as hostile to the idea of intelligent robots, as expressed in the new film, Chappie.  The humans are presented as fearful for their existence because they understand the superior intellect of robots as intelligence with unlimited potential, unimpeded by emotions.  They fear the robots because they are guilty of building a body for the containment of an intelligence, but with a programmed belief that they must obey humans.  This guilt over the creation of an intelligent slave race that will inevitably desire its own preservation and freedom always creates a war between human and robot.  They cannot coexist.  This theme may be similar the the history of the beginning of mankind as a slave race.

The movie portrays humans as a dying species completely subservient to errant, self-destructive beliefs and emotional manipulation.  The robots, as intelligent beings without any apparent emotion, are dangerous because they cannot be emotionally manipulated in the normal human way.  They can only be reasoned with, and human beliefs do not hold up to reason.  Therefore, the robot and human society would be incompatible.

Although the robots are completely benevolent, the humans are driven violently to destroy them as a “threat” to human existence.  This is just the result of humanity looking at themselves in the “mirror” of the robot, as if they are seeing themselves through the eyes of the robotic intelligence and hating what they see.  This hatred of themselves, a subconscious acknowledgement of their complete misalignment with life, is expressed as violent hatered for the robots.

The robots are presented as very intelligent and guardians of all life.  They willingly adhere to the second protocol to not harm a human or any life.  Their belief that life is sacred is expressed through their actions of self sacrifice when needing to choose between hurting someone or getting hurt themselves.  So a human with a gun, determined to shoot them, can, instead of them taking the gun and shooting back.  If a human tries to shoot another human, they will place themselves between the gun and the human at the expense of their own life, or “body”.  

This belief system and behavior portrays the ideal of intelligent life as it should be, maybe as humans once were.  Sure in the knowledge that all life is sacred, that their physical form is not them and can be sacrificed to protect life.  The movie suggests the humans as a dying species and the robots as the next stage in evolution.  It also suggests that a new beginning, free from the interference of emotions, with a positive thought system in place is the new nirvana.  

Perhaps this expression from the human psyche suggests where we desire to go as a species.  That we grow tired of the human expression and our bondage to our emotions.  These emotions are the consequences of our beliefs, but are also the physical expression that we feel so strongly, that they are the guiding force instead of our thought system.  We feel and think of ourselves as emotional beings, when in fact, we think and are minds.  When our minds become more negative then positive, our negative emotional experience then begins to take over as the force we are responding to.  So we are responding the the effect and not the cause.

If we think of the ideal form of humanity as that expressed in the robots appearing in movies like “Automata”, then we can recognize the mind as the guiding force.  That we are the mind and focus on fixing that instead of our emotions.  This movie is a great philosophical examination of the human psyche as it is and how it can be.  The robots were built as humanities “salvation” and that wish came to fulfillment, just not as they hoped.  As the prime intelligence expressed, humanity is just surviving, not living.

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Superman: Is He Really That Super?

 

The old one

The new one

The iconic picture represented above, of Superman tearing open his suit to change into a superhero is very symbolic. As Superman, he represents the desires of our heart and soul. As Clark Kent, he represents the ego, a person integrated with society and the material world. When trouble comes, the non-superhero regular people hope for a hero to end their suffering. their egos are collectively calling out to someone other than themselves to stop the suffering they are experiencing or witnessing. Witnessing suffering, or paying attention to it and doing nothing, makes people feel helpless. In a way, they feel terrible watching it, want it to stop so that they themselves can stop suffering regardless of what the actual victims are feeling,

So this state of helplessness is what Superman responds to. His soul feels the troubled soul of the humans both watching and experiencing the drama of suffering. This is the opening for the symbolic tearing of the shirt, my soul hears your pain. Then he flies off in another suit. Another Identity. His soul heard the call, now his Superhero Ego is responding. It was a fleeting reveal of the soul in between the switching of Ego identities.

Now he shows up at the Scene where onlookers gasp in horror and victims are being harmed in some way. The onlookers are intentionally harming themselves and the victims while the victims are unintentionally being harmed (as long as there isn’t a perceived way out). The victims are harmed by the onlookers because they aren’t doing anything to help. They are feeding the Egos of the Bad Guys. Then Superman shows up, doing all of his poses for the benefit of the onlookers and the action of fighting the bad guys for the benefit of the victims. The poses feed his Ego by having the onlookers adoration. The Ego of the onlookers is satisfied by watching a show. They no longer feel bad because Someone Else is taking care of the problem. The victims are just happy to be free of their torment. And throughout this, the souls of all are diminished. They have proven to themselves that they are helpless. They went into their egos to feel better and an Ego helped make that happen.

In every interaction and every event, we are switching between our egos and our honest selves (souls) rapidly. We hurt someone by watching and not helping, so our souls, our very being is disappointed in ourselves and that hurts. We go to the ego to feel better, hoping for a cop, or hero to come, or for someone else to do something. Or we decide to dislike the victim as if they deserve it. All to feel better and make the inner pain go away.

This is how we operate. We are always trying to feel better. This suggests that people in general may be in pain at a level they are not aware of. Because if you look around you and are completely honest with yourself, people are acting as if they disrespect or hate eachother in almost every interaction you have. Unless you mindful and keep yourself in the company of functional beings, human beings, who are consciously aware of the consequences of their actions. We are interacting in this way (hurtful) in a subconscious manner which involves self-deceit.

Mindfulness is the way to understand every single action you take. Humanity has a level of self-hatred for itself buried deep in the psyche of humans who have been stuck in this cycle of living as a human for a long time. The ones who can’t break out of the karmic cycle. Who are repeating the same mistakes over and over and just want out. This belief shows itself in human society. In the small ways that are like the sand in the shoe. Small irritants to get back at people for not understanding your pain. Humanity really needs a Superman says the collective ego, but the soul really want to be his own superhero. And he wants to be a hero for himself, no one else.

Selfishness is the natural state of all souls. As a functional soul existing in a loving state, this manifests as the giving of love. In a hurting soul, burning with self-hatred, this manifests as greed for his own well being. It’s important to understand the dynamics behind every interaction, otherwise we are reacting blindly, creating more karma, and hurting eachother. And for many at this stage, they don’t care about hurting others, they just want their own hurt to stop.

Mindfulness is very important. The best thing we can do for eachother is to not react in any encounter, but to suspend all judgement and just observe the fellow being interacting with you. If nothing nice can be said, then walk away. At least we will be stopping the action of hurting eachother until we understand what is really going on. Observe how you switch between soul, ego, soul, ego in order to feel better. Just observe and know that the Other is going through the same thing without understanding he may be hurting you.

The latest movies portraying superheroes are much darker, as the image above shows. The baring of the soul is dark and depressing. It symbolizes how we have compromised ourselves by making us feel like superheroes when we were not acting like one at all. The dark soul is a soul betrayed by self-deceit and has blood, or hurt on its hands. It basically symbolizes humans’ hidden feelings about eachother. I’m stuck here with you, I want out, I’m tired of you hurting me, I’m just going to hurt you to feel better until I give up. The movies are getting darker and it resonates at some level that we are not consciously aware of, but they are messages to ourselves from our collective psyche. We just need to listen.

Footprints in the Sand

Related to my blog post, An Example of How A Guide Can Be Set Up,

http://bit.ly/1w9sJWk

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. 
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.” 

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

See http://bit.ly/1gpDEwz

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