So this is ‘Day 2’ for me, during this month of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), though I may just go backwards a little, and peddle in some posts for the first few days of November to fill in the gaps, and make sure I’ve published one post a day for the month of November, especially seeing as I only just discovered NaBloPoMo a few days after November started. (Yes, I know, I probably should have been paying more attention, but I was unplugged from the internet, so kinda missed it kick round!)
Yesterday (as in Saturday) was a pretty tame day by usual standards. There was no real networking, any hardcore event going, or even any real serious work done on my part. (Shocking I know! But occasionally it does happen 😉 So having a bit of a ‘rest’ day, I ended up spending a few hours watching TV. Yes, it’s not something I do often anymore.. In fact, I think it’s been a few weeks since I last sat down in front of the tele, and just watched something, but figured it was time to do something that didn’t require too much interactivity or active engagement from me, and just passively absorb some entertainment for a change.
Of the three films, Zoolander was probably the worst. I knew it was bad, but seeing as I’d never had a chance to watch the whole film, and given that I wasn’t too exhausted last night, I ended up staying awake to watch it. It was ok, but really not worth watching unless or until you’re really bored, and in the mood for a really lame film with a bunch of over the top dumbness of the airheaded fashion model type blondie emtpy headedness.
Star Wars, as ever, is always cool to watch. Dunno if it’s the geekness in me, or just the sheer coolness of the idea of space flight, and many planets, with different species all living alongside each other, but I just seem to love stuff that involves flying between planets, and through outer space. Especially if there’s different species involved 😉 The 3rd episode really plugs the gap between the first trilogy and the main trilogy of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 – or the Star Wars story, as we’ve come to know it, having grown up with it in the 80’s. It’s a film that you can watch independently of the other films, but really, to appreciate it fully, you need to watch the other films before it, to really get the context. Watching any of the Star Wars epics, really makes me think that George Lucas would love working in Bollywood. The only reason I think that is because the average length of a film there is so much longer than Hollywood that he really wouldn’t have any trouble creating such long films, and he might even find some inspiration in some of the more traditional Indian Myths, that he could feed into his own films 😉
Of the three films I watched last night, Around the World in 80 Days was by far the most ‘entertaining’. Star Wars was a touch too serious and intense, whilst Zoolander was a bit too dumb, and stupid. But Around the World really was a good balance of some more light hearted moments, along with some cool action scenes, with martial artist Jackie Chan providing some awesome fight scenes, in amongst the more slapstick humour directed at the crazy Phileas Fogg.
Now all three films contained an element of mind control, and manipulation, looking to create a certain amount of compliance and render power to the person exerting the mind control. In Zoolander, the entire premise of the film is that the model has been ‘brainwashed’ and ‘implanted’ with a Pavlovian response like ability to murder the intended victim upon hearing a particular sound track. The one ‘controlling’ the models, and responsible for brainwashing them is a designer by the name of Mugatu. In Star Wars III, it is Anakin Skywalker, who’s mind is slowly corrupted by the Chancellor, who turns out to be the Sith Lord, that the Jedi have been looking for. The promise of being able to save his wife from death, through learning to use the Dark Side of the Force, corrupt Anakin sufficiently to turn him into the notorius ‘Darth Vader’. Whilst in Around the World in 80 Days, the head of the Royal Academy of Science, Lord Kelvin, the man who issues Phileas Fogg the wager to travel around the world in 80 days, coerces all the other Lords into agreement, and makes them all seem to want to conform, through bully tactics, which ultimately lead to the revelation that he has no friends in amongst his peers.
In all three films, the desire to have more power, and to control others to accomplish it really epitomizes the way in which fear, greed and a selfish regard of oneself makes one lose perspective, and ultimately leads to people’s downfall. Personally I’m a firm believer in doing good for others, and it comes back to you. Of taking responsibility to help your fellow man. Some of the ‘selfless’ ideals that the ‘Jedi’ display in Star Wars, are very much on track with how I see people needing to become for a society to evolve, and for us to collectively survive, as a species. Inherently a more caring, considerate and self-less frame of mind allows you to see how you can contribute to the world. Whilst in the films, the overwhelming desire or compulsion to gain more power, gain more control, meant people tried to force more, manipulate more, and coerce others more just in a vain attempt to be in charge.
The most extreme example, in Star Wars, with Anakin Skywalker, where near the end of the film he talks about becoming the most ‘powerful’ ever, even more powerful than the Jedi, and that he would overthrow the Sith Lord, the Chancellor, and take control, and rule the entire Empire. In start contrast to the desires of his wife, and mother to be, Padme, who wished for the Republic to remain a democracy, Anakin turns over to the dark side, and becomes consumed by the desire for more power. Ultimately, it is he, who is responsible for the death of his wife, a fear that came to him through his dreams, which ironically was responsible for him courting the dark side of the Force in the first place.
It makes me think, how often, do we in our own society and everyday life act out of fear, and lack? How often do we try to force things to happen in a certain way? How often do we get burned in trying to make things happen a certain way, and then discover later down the line, that actually in the long run, we should have just let things run their course, and just learn to accept that somethings are out of our control?
Personally, I’m a firm believer in there being an inherent pattern to the nature of the universe we live in, and ultimately, things will end up they way they are meant to, regardless of what we do or don’t do. That doesn’t mean we should just resign ourselves to inaction, and complacency. Far from it. I think we should focus all our energy, passion and enthusiasm into those things that inspire us. Into those things that demand our attention, and that we’re drawn to. Naturally they draw our attention for a reason. And if we pursue that, based on our own ‘inner’ desires, rather than manipulated, externally influenced, ideas and thoughts that have been implanted into our heads through society, social conditioning and social norms, then ultimately we’ll always end up exactly where we need to be. The only difference is how long it might take for us to get there 😉