Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Film: Waking Life

Waking Life

I know this film came out a long time ago, but posting Alex Jones reminded me of some of my other favorite excerpts from the film. There are tons, but these are a few that stood out.


Alex Jones has operated his own radio show for around 10 years. If you look up internet radio, he probably has the largest body of listeners for any online radio show ever. His show covers a range of topics dealing with government corruption and grassroots journalism. He's a loud-mouth, but a courageous human, who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of freedom and truth. 24/7 he's researching and ranting.

The Dynamic Human Spirit:
..."You can't fight city hall.".. "Death and taxes."... "Don't talk about politics or religion."... This is all the equivalent of enemy propaganda, rolling across the picket line. "Lay down, GI! Lay down, GI!". We saw it all through the 20th Century. And now on the 21st Century, it's time to stand up and realize, that we should NOT allow ourselves to be crammed into this rat maze. We should not SUBMIT to dehumanization. I don't know about you, but I'm concerned with what's happening in this world. I'm concerned with the structure. I'm concerned with the systems of control. Those that control my life, and those that seek to control it EVEN MORE! I want FREEDOM! That's what I want, and that's what YOU should want! It's up to each and every one of us to turn loose of just some of the greed, the hatred, the envy, and yes, the insecurities, because that is the central mode of control, make us feel pathetic, small, so we'll willingly give up our sovereignty, our liberty, our destiny. We have GOT to realize we're being conditioned on a mass scale. Start challenging this corporate slave state! The 21st Century's gonna be a new century! Not the century of slavery, not the century of lies and issues of no significance, of classism and statism, and all the rest of the modes of control... it's gonna be the age of humankind, standing up for something PURE and something RIGHT! What a bunch of garbage, liberal, Democratic, conservative, Republican, it's all there to control you, two sides of the same coin! Two management teams, bidding for control of the CEO job of Slavery Incorporated! The TRUTH is out there in front of you, but they lay out this buffet of LIES! I'm SICK of it, and I'M NOT GONNA TAKE A BITE OUT OF IT! DO YA GOT ME? Resistance is NOT futile, we're gonna win this thing, humankind is too good, WE'RE NOT A BUNCH OF UNDERACHIEVERS, WE'RE GONNA STAND UP, AND WE'RE GONNA BE HUMAN BEINGS! WE'RE GONNA GET FIRED UP ABOUT THE REAL THINGS, THE THINGS THAT MATTER - CREATIVITY, AND THE *DYNAMIC* *HUMAN* *SPIRIT* THAT REFUSES TO *SUBMIT*! WELL THAT'S IT, that's all I've got to say. It's in your court now.

Caveh Zahedi - Iranian-American actor and filmmaker. His eyeballs fascinate me.

What he says about a particular moment is interesting. All moments are divine if you believe that the essence of God dwells within us. Like Zahedi says, if you see the world with this is mind humans, the earth, plants and animals, the gas station and DMV are all holy. I like it.

Holy Moment:
.... reality and God are the same. You know... and so what film is actually capturing is God incarnate, creating. And this very moment, God is manifesting as this. And what the film would capture if it was filming us right now would be like God as this table, and God as you, and God as me, and God looking the way we look right now, and saying and thinking what we're thinking right now, because we are all God manifest in that sense. So film is actually like a record of God, or of the face of God, or of the ever-changing face of don't first think of the story of the song, and then make the song. It has to come out of that moment. And that's what film has. It's just that moment, which is holy. You know, like this moment, it's holy. But we walk around like it's not holy. We walk around like there's some holy moments and there are all the other moments that are not holy, right, but this moment is holy, right? And if film can let us see that, like frame it so that we see, "Ah, this moment. Holy." And .."Holy, holy, holy" moment by moment. But, like, who can live that way? Who can go, like, "Wow, holy"? Because if I were to look at you and just really let you be holy, I don't know, I would, like, stop talking.
I love that. "I would stop talking." Yeah? That's a formidable challenge, but we still like it.


Speed Levitch, admittedly he trips me out a little. Apparently he has a band called The ongoing WOW. Right on.

The holy moment and the ongoing wow are the same thing. People arrive at the same conclusion in their own special way.

The Ongoing WOW:
...many think because Then happened, Now isn't. But didn't I mention the ongoing "wow" is happening right now? Life is a matter of a miracle that is collected over time by moments, flabbergasted to be in each other's presence. The world is an exam to see if we can rise into direct experience. Our eyesight is here as a test to see if we can see beyond it. Matter is here as a test for our curiosity. Doubt is here as an exam for our vitality...An assumption develops that you cannot understand life and live life simultaneously.


Kim Krizan is a writer in LA; she teaches at UCLA. No surprise she's a teacher, I found her discussion very clear. Teachers are a study in clarity. But not only that, very insightful. How important are our friends and family? What do we look for in a relationship? What do you fight about with your significant other? Wouldn't it all pretty much go away if you felt like they understood and *really* heard you?

Spiritual Communion:
Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration. And this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another. And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival. Like, you know, “water.” We came up with a sound for that. Or “Saber-toothed tiger right behind you.” We came up with a sound for that. But when it gets really interesting, I think, is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is, like, frustration? Or what is anger or love? When I say “love,” the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this Byzantine conduit in their brain, you know, through their memories of love or lack of love, and they register what I’m saying and they say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another, and we feel that we’ve connected, and we think that we’re understood, I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.

And just one more. I think it's hilarious as the film is drawing to a close, an old man walks by the main character and instead of saying hi, he says:

As the patterns get more intricate and sutble, being swept along is no longer enough.

Wouldn't it be great if a stranger walked by you and unleashed something like that.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The X factor - yelling about fear and laziness

There are so many x factors in this endeavor. The universe could either eat me alive or shine me up like silver. Either way my chips are on the table. On the one hand I feel like it’s so deep. Wow I’m leaving - going to an unknown place, with unknown people, to do unknown things. But the reality is decisions are not so major. We eke out a way, one step at a time - one day at a time, as long as we are willing to sacrifice comfort and certainty.

Looking at that just now... if you turn it around. The need to be comfortable is often just laziness. And the need for certainty is generally rooted in fear. I’ve felt for a long time that the vices of our world can almost be chalked up to “fear and laziness.” I've tested that theory for years and even remember the great Alex Jones featured in the film Waking Life yelling about it. Sometimes you just need to yell - when that's the case call Jones. He's awesome!