The premise on which the film was built upon is certainly intriguing however the execution stumbled so badly that I was left with the impression that whoever wrote the script had little idea of human potential. One of the biggest letdown was when the protagonist Lucy described that the essence of existence was time while many people who have tapped more into their potential would understand that time simply doesn’t exist in [objective] reality. That time is merely the result of our subjective experience while in all truth we all live in the eternal now in which everything is happening in every moment of now and in which every timeline coexisting and as real as any moment. The essence of existence or being is CONSCIOUSNESS and the development of human potential is directly related to the development of its consciousness.
I’m fully aware that many people if not most do not even realize that consciousness could be developed. I wished we had been born with a manual book. You know ‘the manual of becoming a human being’. But instead life is thrown to us as is and it wholly depends on us to figure out things ourselves. Unfortunately, most people become distracted and lose the way to develop their being and instead are totally lost in other petty endeavors to indulge their ego while living in a primitive or even primal mode of being not so different from the wild animals or even worse.
Our lost way has cost us much and will cost us even greater as we destroy each other and the planet for our vanity and self sense of delusional grandiose. Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted to have said the following wise words: ‘Our wisdom has not caught up with our technological development, so we now have guided missiles and misguided men’. Our leaders who are supposed to rule based on stipulated constitutions often break them and act no different than feudal lords of the medieval time or the cavemen of the early days of men for that matter. The nature of man has remained largely the same throughout ages. We hear from many of our leaders’ mouths that it’s survival of the fittest world, a dog eat dog society and that evil is needed to bring order to society. That basically mankind has to be put under the yoke of enslavement or subjugation in order to make way for civilization to be further developed. Basically a lot of bullocks to justify the unjustified, the stunting of the race of man so that unworthy leaders may benefit from the resulting foolishness, misery and chaos.
My eye opener was the Singapore regime which tried to murder me in 2002 out of vanity, starved me in their public hospital (NUH), defamed me schizophrenic and persecuted me for no less than seven years afterward. They were shameless enough to send me a letter from one of their university (the NTU) that read that my doctor (without being specific) had declared that I was fit again to resume my study there although I never took any medicine from the beginning neither did I see any doctor. I redid my undergraduate study all over and graduated from an Indonesian tertiary institution just fine although the prolonged abuse has left me psychologically scarred and traumatized and I felt cheated of my grades from the 3rd semester onward. I have realized these people are no different than criminals only that they are worse since they command state apparatus and resources. If there was a fair trial I would win my case but I knew better than to try to seek my remedy in the court and I am comfortable enough to challenge them through this blog and willing to go to jail or worse for my writings. I’m still being targeted so to speak. Old friends will disappear for no apparent reasons except now for a single old friend and the new ones I have made. And it was by withstanding these prolonged abuses that enabled me to expand my consciousness. Unfortunately I realize I live in a world which is lagging behind my personal experience hence the difficulties of getting my point across as anything but delusions. But with people such as Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle becoming famous for writing enlightenment there’s still hope that at least a few people would be able to appreciate my writings on what I have come to term as ‘Objective Consciousness’ which another person by the name of Gurdjieff who lived about 100 years ago to have coined the exact same term for the very same idea.
Anyway I think the world is ready for a revolutionary change. A conscious evolution of mankind’s consciousness IF….if each of us stops to think whether we can afford to continue down the trodden path we have become accustomed to for so long. The path of concealed savagery if you will. The path of lower impulses and instincts that preoccupy our beings. However, we now live at a crossroad of mankind’s destiny. There has never been a time in which there have been so many of us living at the same time. There has never been a time in which technological advancements are able to tilt the balance of the planet in a meaningful way. Our mistakes now will have exponentially greater impacts than ever before with even greater permanence. Because of these there’s no question that if we do not wise up we will see the beginning of the annihilation of civilization that may lead to the extinction of the race of man within the next 100 years.
When I became a victim of Lee Kuan Yew’s regime in 2002 and suffered the subsequent years of persecution I realized for the first time that many things are not what they appear to be. This is due to the fact that the majority of people in the world are afflicted with a common disease which a fascinating author by the name of James J. Traitz (whose book I have placed on order) called a fear-greed dichotomy. It refers to people’s quiet desperation to amass as much as possessions as possible due to the belief that matter is the primary substance of the universe, or in simpler words, due to materialistic belief of the majority of people. This belief is responsible for, arguably, all of past and present mankind problems. Jealousy, cruelty, narcissism, addiction, hatred, poverty, misery, injustice, torture, persecution, bullying, racism, discrimination, rape, deceit, and so on. The majority of people suffer from these diseases. If you think about it, really think about it, [almost] every human endeavor has its foundation on this fear-greed dichotomy. Students study so that they can out-compete other students for a better future life. Many entrepreneurs and dictators aspire wealth for all the wrong reasons. To many of them wealth allows domination of less wealthy people and thus bringing security for them. Virtually all advancements in technologies are driven by the motivation to dominate others, either economically or militarily. In short, we live in a world in which everyone is dead afraid of everyone else, even when they don’t quite see it that way but essentially that’s how it is. Everyone is a threat that needs to be dominated so life becomes a race to dominate others in all aspects of life. Most of the time this happens in civility although the pains are just as real though sometimes all hell breaks loose in the event of wars or acts of violence based on some political or self-justified religious ideology or other silly things. The world terrifies so many people that many of these people put on a fake mask of toughness, saying that it’s survival of the fittest kind of world. But let me tell you that the day survival of the fittest becomes a true reality it will be the end of civilization as we know it. It has not been a thorough survival of the fittest kind of world because many people are also confused. They know many things are wrong but feel helpless to change anything.
And now I’m telling you the reason of so much mess in the world is because the majority of people are still living in their small selves. We are not born into this world with a manual book and our education merely trains us for our future professions and it doesn’t teach us how to be human or how to develop our being which I have taken to be the mandate of every human being. The reason is because most people have no clue on what is important and what is less important. They have their priorities all wrong because the majority of the world views that life is all about amassing material things. Those who knew better are the small minority whose voices are drowned out in the clueless majority.
I came to the realization that our being is able to be developed by accident. That is by the events that shaped my life and by my character predisposition. As a result I essentially rediscovered a knowledge in the absence of knowing that the knowledge has been discovered by others. My education didn’t teach me any of this stuff. No one ever told me anything about this. If it wasn’t for the Internet I would think that it was me who first invented the term ‘Objective Consciousness’ and found a way to develop my being while in truth even the person who the world accepted to have coined the term Objective Consciousness didn’t really invent the method nor discovered the idea. The idea is probably ancient in origin and has been found in many different (separate) cultures around the world and given many different names for the exact same idea.
You might be wondering the relevancy of Objective Consciousness and solving our present problems. Let me give you an example how my experience of Objective Consciousness changed me with respect to how I view other people. I used to attend mass at my local Parish every weekend and on a particular day I saw a new security personnel whom I didn’t recognize helping out with the parking of vehicles. He was young of Malay race. I wasn’t in a good mood that time and the moment I locked face with him I thought the person was just another brute (yeah I can get pompous at times due to the horrible things I experienced and the lack of support I received in those times). But what came next was totally unexpected, I glimpsed the ‘I’ within that person and he felt quite disappointed by me (it didn’t show in his facial expression). It was just one look and I disappointed him, a stranger whom I had never met beforehand. But knowing how I made him feel, exactly, brought guilt to me like nothing else and it haunted me for weeks. I felt ashamed of my prejudice and the person who I thought was just a brute turned out to be a gentle soul and it was my fault that made him feel the way he did. I learned not to judge a person from the profession or the way the person look. It was just disappointment but if you knew exactly how another person felt, it made all the difference in the world on how you would behave toward other people.
Now for the hard truth,
Consciousness is not separate. The illusion is that each of us is separate but that can never be further from the truth. Consciousness doesn’t reside in this body or that body or exclusively belonging to mankind alone. Animals have it as do the unseen. The interconnectedness of every consciousness, in all probability, is so due to the fact that there’s only ONE consciousness there is for ALL. That ONE UNIVERSAL consciousness is not restricted by time and space. The objective ‘I’ isn’t here or there, it’s everywhere in every timeline. This is not mere belief. It’s knowledge [for those who have become aware of the fact]. The development of consciousness is directly related to the development of one’s being. It’s not to be found in primal, primitive mode of living but may be developed through the cultivation of objectivity. Others call it through the cultivation of self-mastery. The more advanced a being, the more it exercises its freewill instead allowing itself being dictated and controlled by its external circumstances (which includes its desires which are affected by outside world). To live is to being and to being is to remember that our body is but a vessel to experience the three dimensional space time but we are NOT our body, we are NOT our mind, we are NOT our feelings. When you become an active observer of your own experience with regard to outside influences and events you are on your way to develop your being and realize a greater ‘I’. This is so on the condition that while you’re becoming an active observer of your inner subjectivity, you endeavor to cultivate objectivity and exercise your freewill. The cultivation of objectivity refers to a state of functioning, if you will, in which you no longer filtering anything you experience through your subjectivity. In essence you need to lose the filter of your subjectivity. One of the ways to help with this is by trying to be aware of your inner world in your experiences and at the same time trying to put yourself in the shoes of others. Another way is by asking questions to yourself ‘Am I being fair to this or that person given his/her possible circumstances?’. Yet the most fundamental of this exercise is by being honest with oneself and to be aware of one’s own motives and desires. Exercising your freewill refers NOT to arbitrary enslavement to your thinking or feelings or desires but to think, feel and act in way that’s independent of your external circumstances. In essence not allowing your inner self to be accessible by the outside world. If you practice these consistently, you will begin developing your being and are on your way to glimpsing Objective Reality. It may take years to develop your being but it will develop nonetheless if you practice what I wrote here.
You have to realize however that Objective Consciousness is not an ability, it is impossible to attempt it. It is a state of being. The more you’re in that state of being the more you will glimpse Objective Reality. What can be done is practicing to be in that state of being continually. Furthermore, I believe it is impossible to devolve, so to speak, into lower being once you have glimpsed Objective Consciousness. It will just be a matter of how often you’re glimpsing that Objective Consciousness. To avoid misunderstanding, development of being or progression to your being doesn’t refer to anything being developed. Your objective being stays perpetually the same, you just have to realize your being. Some other people call it Self Remembering. It’s also called Self-Actualization or Self-Realization. Others commonly understand it as enlightenment but I would avoid the word because it puts too much expectations and seems to represent a barrier that most people thought impossible to cross. Self-actualized persons are not perfect people let me remind you. They still make mistakes and all but their perspective of their fellow human being has been radically changed or revolutionized that imparts significant changes concerning the well being of all people in their daily lives.
A great man by the name of Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have said more or less the following words:
If you want to change the world, start with yourself.
For in God we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also God’s offspring.