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Balance, connection, culture, Disconnection, Equilibrium, Future, Future of man kind, Generational Knowledge, Greed, Human Brain, Human capacity, human relationships, imagination, Logical thinking, LUCY, Modernism, Modernsim, Movie Review, Nietzsche, Past, Post Modernism, Power and Control, power imbalance, Rational thinking, relational beings, society
The movie, LUCY, is a masterpiece; it portrays human as the powerful species. LUCY is an embodiment of a modernism; a dream/ idea about an intelligent victorious man conquering others, time and space. It is about what Nietzsche said ‘God is Dead’. LUCY is about knowledge as a source of power and control.
The age of modernism is over and LUCY gets to its 100% presence and disappears. The age of modernism gets to its full potential and eventually destroys itself; it leaves us its achievements and disappears. The time for a rigid, logical/ rational insensible thinking is coming to an end.
LUCY is about the rise and fall of logical/ rational/ intellectual mind that controls others, information, time and space. It is true that human without brain are not human but the exhaustion of human intelligence and exaggerated use of power and control will have led us to destruction of human species, environment and morality.
In the movie, the main two engines/ motives for human species to survive are: a) immortality b) reproduction. In the history of mankind, human have swung between these two. In modern era, the force to increase immortality was intensified/heightened and consequently, the reproduction rate became decreased. We are at the end of this era.
We are going to swing back and forth to find equilibrium. This will not be achieved when power and control run the mind of human beings. Equilibrium is achieved when power and knowledge are shared and interpreted relationally.
Yes, LUCY is a great example of what Michelle Foucault predicted. Yes, we have become LUCY. Yes, it is in all of us who were born into the rigid, logical, and rational world of modernism; it is in all of us who perpetuated modern thinking and implemented it in others’ lives and ours. Yes, LUCY is everywhere; LUCY is in all of us!
When I was leaving the theater, there were a young couple sat in their chairs looking puzzled. They said that they didn’t understand LUCY and they weren’t sure what LUCY was all about. Now, reflecting back on the young couple’s words, I have more appreciation for them.
It seems our new generations ask questions and scrutinize the presence of power and control in human interactions. The answer is new generations that question the achievements of technology, that look with suspicious upon greed, knowledge, and power. Their questions will bring the lost equilibrium back to life.
Yes, equilibrium will make us human, again, connected and engaged with each other relationally and ethically. Equilibrium will allow all paradoxical pieces of understanding to co-exist; it will put an end to use of personal/social/technical/intellectual power over/against each other. Equilibrium will connect us not rationally but relationally.
Yes, the new era has begun!
My image of you is
a bird with immature wings
A beautiful bird
with delightful songs
You don’t fly
don’t experience the world
don’t spin in the air!
You are static
sit in one place
see from one angle
even your songs are becoming predictable!
Not sure for how long your image will last in my mind
Fly and change my view!
I have been, lately, thinking of language that used in comedy. Comedians use language in a very special unique way that appeals to people. This unique language points out discrepancies that exist in our social cultural discourses in a fashion that opens up space for laughter, conversations and reflection.
I discovered that this language has certain characteristics, they are the following:
a) It is brief: When a story or an event is shared, it is pretty short and brief. It is straight to points; you don’t need to discover different parts of an argument, it is delivered to you right away.
b) It is imaginative: It is used to make you laugh, give you a mental ticklish, and stimulate your imagination. The problems are presented in a playful manner.
c) It is solution- oriented: It is offers alternative ways of dealing with problems and make solutions to problems more accessible. Big unshakable problems appear to be trivial and easy to solve.
d) It questions everything. It doesn’t follow any particular social norm. It expresses what is unsaid or politically incorrect .
f) It is self- deprecating. It unpacks one’s life; It doesn’t tend to protect one’s ego or oneself. It mocks himself and others without any hesitation. it invites you to become OK with vulnerability.
g) It is not outcome- oriented: It is not invested on outcome. It shares info and knowledge without insisting on any particular result. Its purpose is to pass on experiences and have fun with them.
As you see, it is a very unique language. If this language entertains us, I wonder, why it is not practiced in our daily interactions with one another. Any ideas?
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT