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Inception

I watched Inception last week, largely because of the noise that was created on ‘social media’. When everyone talks so much about a movie, it has to be very very good, or so I thought. Probably, I was expecting too much that I was disappointed. Or maybe I did not get the movie. I don’t know. Regardless of the hype, Inception is a well made movie, a movie that makes you think about various possibilities, a movie that plants an idea about reality that you see not being the reality.

Apart from entertainment, what do you take from a movie or a book? I believe, Ideas! Ideas that change the way we think, Ideas that change the way we perceive, Ideas that change our lives. Ideas are like seeds, they need proper conditions for germination. Some of these Ideas require that we be mature ‘enough’ to understand them. Matrix wouldn’t have made any sense if you had watched it when you were 10.

Genesis of an Idea:
Years ago, I had fantasised about entering people’s dreams; I’ve also fantasised about reading people’s mind. How did I get these Ideas of reading minds or dreams? Did this Idea come out of pure curiosity or was it planted by some external media(a book or a radio show or a video)? I don’t know. But I remember that “Time Teasers” was the episode that planted the Idea of stopping time (actually, you could move way faster than others).
When we generate Ideas, are we the real creators? Or are there subconscious influences that help us build ideas?

Reality or Illusion:
While Inception gives you freedom to come up with your own interpretations, it also makes you think about the world we live in {like Matrix}; is it real? or is it mirage? Are we Independent entities? Or are there superior entities controlling us? Is there a way we could determine if this weren’t an Illusion? But how could we? Could it not be that the Idea that this world is illusion was planted by those superior entities? How could you believe in Science and Mathematics, they might as well be well thought out concepts that we were made to discover. We could be part of a simulation, created by those superior entities to study their own evolution. All your beliefs could be Ideas and thoughts planted by these superior entities. [wait, in the society that you live in, aren’t they?] How do you judge upon the validity or truthfulness of this reality? And how do you plan to validate this method you will be using to validate reality? Your methods of validation could be as Illusionary as the ‘reality’ you are validating. There is no way you could know the truth(if there is something called truth).

Guilt:
DiCaprio’s last two movies have had this concept of guilt shaping the lead character’s role. Guilt: the emotion when our Consciousness judges our actions based on the Moral conventions that we have agreed upon for our Society’s existence, and finds fault with our actions. Most painful of the guilts are not those that break moral conventions but those that arise from one’s actions that affect the way one wants to foresee (his own) future. In these cases, the Guilt is embedded deep inside the mind; Irrational thoughts take over the mind and there is nothing but pain until one comes to terms with reality.

While I cannot judge direction, acting and stuff like that, I can give an opinion based on how the movie made me feel. It was decent movie in terms of emotions it generated. In terms of ideas, I am bemused that the ideas are being considered completely new and innovative. For me, the high expectations ruined the experience. I was waiting for that “WOW!” moment till the end.

I find no fault with the movie; I find fault with the audience which went berserk over it. Maybe, it was the ‘want’ of the audience to find and associate with something special, something that redefines things around and creates an illusionary world. Or maybe not. I don’t know.

Ouch! That hurts!

Few days ago, I was at Friends. Seated nearby was a couple, who apparently had a fight. I hadn’t noticed them until the girl shouted “Ouch! that hurts!”. I assume, the guy did something that hurt the girl. Though the “Ouch!” was for something that hurt the girl physically, it was apparent that there was something else, something emotional that had hurt her.  Wounds that hurt emotionally are difficult to heal than the physical ones. – it’s a cliché but clichés are clichés because regardless of their verity, they are noticeable. Noticeable by common men.

Here’s an exercise, try remembering situations when you were hurt. If you discern, you will realize that the causes to these ‘hurt’ are either someone doing something or someone not doing something. This something-happening or something-not-happening against your expectation is what hurts you.

Consider a hypothetical situation where a boy is hurt because his girl called him idiot, or another situation where a girl is hurt because the boy called her fat. Well, these seem silly for someone watching from a distance but these silly things matter the most for them. I bet you can come up with zillion stories of how your friends and relatives were hurt over silly matters. Most of the times these are misunderstandings. At times, these are because of ignorance(of other’s expectations). I believe it is a rarity where someone hurts intentionally.

While we can look back at some of these old ‘hurt’ events in our life and laugh at our foolishness, we don’t seem to have developed the acumen to look at our current ‘hurt’ events in a similar fashion.

Buddha was right when he said “Expectations lead to suffering”. Stop expecting, stop being attached to worldly things and you will never be hurt! But then, we are humans; I suppose we rather die than lead a dull and boring life where we don’t express our feelings and emotions. These little fights, hurts, sweet pains make our lives entertaining. So let’s hurt and get hurt!

By the way, ~don’t let me be misunderstood~ is one of my favourite songs. Here are few versions of it; I recommend you listen to them in this order.

Nina Simone’s soulful original versionAnimals’ upbeat versionSanta Esmeralda’s pumped up disco version(I love this version, look at the expressions on the face of Leroy Gómez).

PS:

What do you believe in..

There was a time, when I was all careless, carefree. Never did I care about philosophy or life. I accepted things, as they came, did what I wanted ( which was usually what people around me did ).

And then, I met a few people. These people were different, their thoughts, beliefs, customs, traditions & language. Never before had I met people with such beliefs. Their beliefs were strong.  I was in no way uncomfortable, because there wasn’t a time when I was strongly attached to any belief system. It was a new learning experience.

And then there was a time, I wanted to classify myself, chose a philosophy, a theist or an atheist or something else. With no proof, I couldn’t choose. So, I had to be agnostic. But, I was not satisfied. I wanted to have an opinion,a strong one. I wanted to stick to something. And then, I watched ‘The Big Lebowski‘  and ‘The Fight Club‘ .  A new word got into my vocabulary: ‘Nihilism‘.

That was the time, I needed a pillar, to cling. And looking at people and events around me, Nihilism was the way to go. “Screw the world!”, I said without giving it a deep thought.

But then, I thought a little. Nihilism sounded cool but that wasn’t the practical way to live. I chucked it out. I wanted to go back to my old ways of carefree living.

There is so much to learn about life  that one life isn’t enough. There have been thousands of philosophers, scientists who have dedicated their lives to find answers to mystery of life. And I don’t think anybody has found an answer yet.

So, now… Do I stick to one belief system and criticize every other?  May be I won’t. I will try to accept things as they come. I will try to be open to other people’s belief.   There will be times when real life experiences will force me to think one belief system is much closer to truth than the other. Life’s going to be a nice learning experience. I will choose good things, things that suit me and make my own philosophy, my own belief system, one that will grow with me.

Anyway,I like this dialogue very much…

Mere man ko bhaya, mein kuththa kaat ke khaya.

So, what do you believe in?