Wednesday, March 12, 2008

philosophy is a great high ruiner

There's a movie I watched last night, stoned. A philisophical film called "Waking Life". When the high toned down a bit and I stopped focusing on the weird and funny shapes the people speaking took, I began to listen. The people were still distracting, so I didn't get a whole lot out of it. What I did understand (and remember) were a few things. Firstly, our communicational skills are derived from our want to communicate our thoughts. Most of what we process in our heads is never known by others, trapped away. Thus our thrive for communication, to share these thoughts with the outside world. There was more to it, but that was all I understood. Her face shape was too amusing. Secondly, how do we decipher our awake state from our dreaming state? In which are we actually awake? Our dreams are an expansion of our imaginations. Thirdly, why can we not reach our full potential in creation and art and such? Is society simply fearful or just lazy? Our dreams are somehow that tucked away potential that we can achieve. Where we reach our fullest potential. So why can't we do it in the real world? Lastly, the biggest philisophical question of all. Where do we go when we die? This movie makes the post mortal state to become a never ending dreaming state. Where you can never return and reach your full potential. Others say that it's reincarnation in this movie, but they argue it. I just don't remember how. Here is an excerpt of the movie, about our communcational behaviour and our thoughts and language.

I've been rambling on for too long.
I'm going to go watch it again and recap what I missed.

1 comment:

Sabrina said...

That was one of my favourite movies a couple of years ago. But now I find that it just repeats the same old tired questions, in a nifty new format. I took introduction to philosophy last semester through which I came to the conclusion that philosophy has been posing the same questions for thousands of years, and we still haven't gotten anywhere. Then I started reading about the metaphysics of eastern philosophies (which are not quite philosophy, not quite religion, but more a state of being)... and now I'm completely hooked. They put every other train of thought and idea into perspective. It's very holistic. You really begin see the many aspects of your fragmented existence come together to form a coherent whole. I would recommend trying something written by Eckhart Tolle to start. I'm rambling too, but I was excited to see your post. Just thought I'd share my two cents :)