#3413 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #3413 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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CINEMA NONDUALITE TEASER, by "Moss Campion"
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
The Lives of Others. The nondual paradox is encapsulated in the very title itself. This movie portrays what can happen when we imagine other peoplethose opaque figures that move and speak all around usto be as maximally other as we can possibly make them. It shows what can happen when an entire society (in this case, postwar East Germany) is constructed from that premise. When people are seen as so extremely other that every person not yourself is perceived as a potential threat. Brother, lover, friend, teacherno one is exempt from that suspicion. You never know. They must be watched!
After all, they do appear to be living separate lives from you, dont they? Yes, even in nondualism we would not deny that a certain kind of separateness does seem to exist between people. The life you are living is not the life I am living. Lucky you!
And yet... Even in the midst of the most extreme expressions of separateness, even when the molecules of fear are so thick, you can actually feel them rubbing against your skin (as you could, in the German Democratic Republic of the 80s)...something else might leak through. Some sneaky sense of sympathy. Of connection.
Not to give anything away (for those of you who havent seen the movie), but thats what happens here: a subtle, unexpected turning. A leaking through of something else, an infiltration of affinity that manages to penetrate even one of the most cleverly constructed edifices of separation ever conceived by mankind. Its just the first intimation of something far deeperthe nondual state of reality itselfbut it makes itself known anyway, and the films protagonist acts on it.
He doesnt quite know what to make of it, this sense of yearning he feels. He doesnt have any great conversion experience, he doesnt get all warm and cuddly, he doesnt suddenly break into song and dance. He doesnt try to become something he is not. No, he remains, outwardly, within the stolid conditionings of his birth. Yet something inside has shifted; you can see it in his eyes. And (we trust) he will never be quite the same.
Neither will his antagonist, the so-called other.
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Come and watch The Lives of Others
When: Friday, January 16
What: Light Potluck at 6:15, movie at 7:15. Discussion to follow.
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
For more details, visithttp://www.meetup.com/NewSpirituality/