Thursday, June 20, 2013

How to Watch a Movie (Part I)

There's more to movie-going than simply sitting quietly and being swept submissively into someone else's multimillion-dollar budget fantasy. To effectively watch a film it's best not to turn off the alert faculties of the brain. Maintaining an active thought process allows for not only absorbing information, but digesting it fully, making use of what's worthwhile and discarding what is waste. Most often we fail to realize while watching that we switch over into the same state we enter into for sleep, because we don't do it consciously.

Nevertheless it happens, and soon enough we are unwittingly dreaming while awake in another's carefully crafted dream world. This is important because the less conscious one is at any given time, the less one is able to give input. Since activity doesn't cease when unconscious – even on the individual level – these inputs fall on an outside agent's hands. With that in mind, let's consider the potential ramifications of unconscious viewing.

We are programmed to watch films and TV in a specific way. It is by nature an unengaging, arresting activity. We may think of it as engaging because when we “get into it”, it “captivates” us...but what is the root word of captivate? There's no freedom in imprisonment, especially when it happens on the mental level. Shows interact with the viewer, but the viewer is unable to interact back; for this they are a sorry substitute for direct life experience. Left with nothing to give as well, the recipient – that is, the viewer – instinctively slows down the thinking processes, entering a more subdued state. This is where the alarming nature of motion pictures surfaces.

The dreams we experience in sleep appear to be a product of the individual mind, when they are actually of the collective. Since the mind's inhibitors are toned down at this time these experiences can be wild, fluid, rapidly changing and varied in tones and perspectives...all while maintaining a personal connection with the dreamer. On the surface, a movie appears to be produced by a group, when it is actually of an individual mind. With motion pictures you are asked to partake in someone else's dream.

The major difference here is who the dreams are coming from, how they are conceived, and to what extent they affect one's concept of reality. I'd like to think most people living on Earth at this time have asked themselves at some point: why is so much money spent on making movies? It is A LOT of money, isn't it? It's related to other fields in the entertainment industry (which is most certainly an industry), and why such careers pay exponentially more than fields that address basic needs like food and education. Why are fleeting pleasures prioritized over the quality of life?

It should be clear with some reflection why someone might willingly invest over a hundred million dollars in a single film. And when one considers how many films are released within a single year, and the hundreds of channels on TV, and the nature of the programming presented, one thing is certain: somebody has a vested interest in what people are watching. Since we've proven to be anything but a deeply enlightened society at this time, it's hard to accept the intention is to entertain and nothing more. Personally, I don't even see an enlightened society having movies or TV in the way we do – wouldn't beings of high consciousness simply live out their own dreams, manifesting the reality they choose, rather than turn off for an hour or two or more to consume and assume another person's version?

Because we are typically exposed to these forms of media at an early age, our thoughts and behavior, our view of the world and ourselves, is molded in part by these images that ingrain themselves in the brain. If these images and stories don't have one's best interests at heart, what are the potential consequences? There's more to be said here, but the solution to every would-be problem is simple. Nothing made by man is inherently good or evil. When watching tell-a-vision, or any kind of motion picture, please watch with more than 2 eyes and consider what's seen while it's on and after it's off. Words are thoughts and thoughts are things. Stay awake as you dream and ask this: if a single picture is worth 1,000 words, how many words is a sustained series of rapidly moving pictures supplemented with high-definition audio worth?

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