AstroGnostic: Matrix Revelations



The Matrix has any number of pop culture antecedents, but the most significant - and by far the most well-known - of them as far as the basic plot is concerned is 'The Cage' (aka 'The Menagerie'), the original Star Trek pilot that was reworked as a two-part episode during the original series' first season. We have three nearly-omnipotent figures with the power to alter a person's (specifically, an abductee's) perception of the physical world and do so while their subjects are imprisoned.

Men wearing black, from Dark City

As in Dark City, the Talosians' motives are a bit abstract (as are all sci-fi "dying races"), but in The Matrix the illusory world is maintained to keep human beings occupied while Skynet the machine-thingies use their bodies as living batteries.

As with the Terminator franchise, The Matrix is essentially using robots as stand-ins for aliens and both series draw extensively on alien-themed sci-fi for plot points (note that The X-Files brought it all full circle with its numerous borrowings -- the bounty hunters, the supersoldiers, Robert Patrick -- from the Terminator films). More so The Matrix, however, in that the Agents are no one but the men-in-black from UFO lore and that the entire human race has been abducted.

The Agents (and the Strangers) match the visual descriptions of the MIB to a tee, even their somewhat odd, not-quite-human eyes and behavior. From ufoevidence.com:
The Men in Black get their name from the fact that they like to wear, well, black. They have pale, greyish skin, and some have been reported to have blonde hair. Their clothes seem to have been made of an unknown, thin, shiny material. It seems like the stereotypical Man in Black wears a suit with a black tie and black sun glasses.
The Strangers in Dark City operate a bit differently in that they're responsible for constantly changing the landscape and people's identities, but they also make sure that anyone who notices them are dealt with, usually put to sleep and reprogrammed. The Agents act more like the Men in Black -- they are there to ensure that the Matrix hums along merrily and any human avatars that notice something's awry are dealt with, never mind any of the rebels who are trying to hack the program. Which sounds a lot like the MIBs in UFO literature:
A typical Men in Black (story) goes a little something like this; a man is out minding his own business when suddenly he comes upon something strange. He sees a mysterious object floating through the sky, followed by what appear to be military aircraft. He goes back home, eager to tell every single person on the face of the Earth about the incredible sight that he stumbled upon.

Before he gets the chance to tell anyone, he is visited by odd-looking men that tell him the smallest details about his experience, even though he has yet to tell anyone. There are reports that the Men in Black have sometimes posed as salesmen or something else not very threatening. The Men in Black will then make it clear to the witness that he is to keep what he saw to himself. Or else. They will then erase any evidence of the strange activities that have occurred, and leave.
UFO sightings are kind of like the glitches in our reality matrix, only our own Agents have trained most people to ignore them (or they program insecure individuals to do their work for them). Of course the topic is a lot less verboten than it once was, which might have something to do with the rise of digital photography and the Internet bypassing the usual gatekeeper apparatus.

Woke up with a monster

Not being totally conversant with UFO lore, I'm not sure what part the MIBs play in abduction reports. But again we see a nice analog of abduction phenomena in The Matrix. Neo wakes up and might as well be on a spaceship, and is soon confronted by an insectoid robot (a phrase often used to describe alien greys), presumably to be put back to sleep and told it was all a dream.

The Black Sun, of course.

Given the parallels I can't help but wonder if the Skynet bit wasn't originally part of the plan. We have the very strong direct parallel to Star Trek here, and all of the hardware and vehicles are familiar from any number of space operas (the most compelling parallel comes to us again from Star Trek - the Borg, Jean Luc Picard's great nemesis). By the same token, the AI villains are consonant with the strong William Gibson influence (and the general Cyberpunk trend Hollywood was trying -- largely unsuccessfully -- to mine during the 90s), but things are never cut and dried when it comes to creating these kinds of cultural phenomenons.

Even so, the parallels are there and the story resonated with an awful lot of people. And the mission of these AstroGnostic posts is trying to figure out why. Are we processing realities that we are consciously unaware of? Certainly unconscious processing is a large part of creative thinking, but why does one film succeed and the next one fail? The Matrix probably succeeded where Dark City failed because it offered a more plausible reality simulacrum and a more fashionable (though not necessarily more plausible) author of it.

I'm also fascinated in how The Matrix parallels thoughts I've had on alien abduction. I very seriously doubt that everyone who's claimed to be abducted is a liar or a nutcase. There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, all of which can speak to trauma or another kind of extreme duress, ranging from the entirely plausible (sleep paralysis, dissociative amnesia) to the more speculative (manipulation of brainwaves through electromagnetic means).

The birth bit again, just like in Empire Strikes Back

But there's a much more important point to make here- not every significant experience takes place in Meatspace. In fact, many significant experiences that do barely register at the time and are only understood in retrospect, when the subconscious is able to process and make sense of the event. Life-changing events can come out of nowhere and take years to understand. Sometimes they are never explained, never mind understood.

As many of us evolve into a virtual life, we will experience things those on the outside will never understand. And if we can conceive an immersive virtual environment (even if we can't quite create them), it's not hard to imagine a race with a thousand year head start on us (not even a fart in the wind in cosmic time) it's also not hard to imagine them being able to broadcast these environments into random individuals through interstellar means.

None of which is to dismiss meat-and-potatoes abduction phenomena. There seems to have been a cluster of abduction reports in 70s and 80s, a time that presaged some pretty profound changes on our planet- the dawn of the Information Age, the rise of the New World Order and the Warfare State, bioengineering, the human genome project, etc etc etc. Which brings us back to those other insectoid robots again...



Now if somewhere in our consciousness we're aware of the presence of another set of actors phasing in an out of our lives and lurking at the corners of our awareness, might that not explain why a sci-fi allegory of them might not resonate deeply with us? Let's take it a bit deeper into AstroGnostic territory, and look again at some old friends of ours:
AAT scholar Jason Martell notes that the Anunaki had a servant class called the Igigi, whom he believes could actually be the Greys of UFO lore. These creatures have been described as a kind of wetware, biologically-engineered androids: Today's modern UFO's and Alien Contacts being reported have a strong similarity to the Ancient descriptions of the "anunnaki" Android Beings.

When we look at the descriptions of our modern "grey alien", we can clearly see that they do not look like us, or the anunnaki. Rather, they look like the ancient humanoid depictions of Figurines. The majority of Abduction cases usually have a similar story to them in that the Aliens abducting them will perform medical examination and sometimes experiments having to do with human reproduction.

Is it possible that the Greys were created by the anunnaki as "Watchers" to oversee their experiments here on earth?- xfacts.research
Here we are again, staring at the Archons. Renegade Gnostic scholar John Lamb Lash takes up the cudgel:
It is startling to find vivid and detailed descriptions of predatory aliens in obscure texts dating from the 4th century CE, but the revelations of Gnosis are nothing if not startling. Some ancient reports of "UFO sightings" do exist, but Gnostic material on the Archons does not merely present "reports." It explains their origins in the cosmic order, their nature (inorganic, imitative, without intentionality), their appearance and tactics, their attitude toward humanity, and more. A more clear and coherent solution to "the Phenomenon" (the ET/UFO enigma) could hardlly be imagined.

The Nag Hammadi material contains reports of visionary experiences of the initiates, including first-hand encounters with inorganic beings called Archons. Gnostic teaching explains that these entities arose in the early stage of formation of the solar system, before the Earth was formed...
Remember again the AI in a very early Star Trek episode ('Return of the Archons,' no less) that acted much like the Agents, keeping people in line in a simulated reality. And here we are again in UFO lore (whatever your opinion of it), dealing with this invisible control system lurking at the edges of our vision. Lash again:
Interestingly, this Gnostic insight accords closely with the view of Jacques Vallee, who maintains that ET/cyborgs probably belong to the local planetary realm. Vallee also proposes that the ET/UFO enigma is a “spiritual control system,” a phenomenon that “behaves like a conditioning process.” (Messengers of Deception). This is exactly what Gnostics said about the Archons: they can affect our minds by subliminal conditioning techniques.
And the way humans are exploited in The Matrix also reminds me very strongly of Charles Fort's most infamous quote, one that a lot of his fans wish he never said:
"Would we, if we could, educate and sophisticate pigs, geese, cattle?
Would it be wise to establish diplomatic relation with the hen that now functions, satisfied with mere sense of achievement by way of compensation?
I think we're property.
I should say we belong to something:
That once upon a time, this earth was No-man's Land, that other worlds explored and colonized here, and fought among themselves for possession, but that now it's owned by something:
That something owns this earth—all others warned off."
Fort's use of livestock metaphors is appropriate in that humans are literally the livestock of the AI/Skynet/whatever that controls the Matrix. But who will save us from the butcher's block? It's time we look at the Maitreya of the Matrix, Keanu Reeves.

Or should I say Ki-Anu?


Aside from this many semiotically-charged roles (ranging from the Buddha to John Constantine) and his band named in honor of Sirius, Keanu Reeves' very name is loaded to bursting with AstroGnostic significance:
Ki is the Sumerian Goddess of the earth. In Sumerian mythology, she is the daughter of Nammu, Goddess of the primordial sea...she is the sister/wife of Anu, God of the sky, and mother by him of the Anunnaki, including Enlil, God of the air. Ki was eventually supplanted by Ninhursag as the Great Mother. Her name means “earth."
So "Keanu" breaks down to Ki-Anu, mother/father of the Anunnaki. What a coincidence. We also saw the links to Anu and Sirius in I Am Legend (that film's star's wife appeared in the Matrix sequels), but I'm starting to wonder if we'll find all of this lurking in every blockbuster that followed in 2001: A Space Odyssey's mighty footsteps.

So yet again, we have a film that seems to tell one story but once you peel away the surface trappings you discover it's telling THE Story. But most of us really, really don't want to hear that story and a good deal of those go out of their way to make sure that everyone ignores it and looks the other way, or at the very least puts it out of their minds. Forgets it, you might say.

One of the central tenets of Gnosticism is memory. Thom Yorke of Radiohead had this to say about his band's 2002 album Amnesiac:
"I read that the gnostics believe when we are born we are forced to forget where we have come from in order to deal with the trauma of arriving in this life. I thought this was really fascinating. It's like the river of forgetfulness."
It's no surprise then that one of the songs recorded for the sessions for Amnesiac (though released on Kid A) was featured on the next film we'll look at, as was a song by another famous rock 'n' roll Gnostic. The next film is the antithesis of The Matrix, in both theory and practice. And it's about us, or most of us. The parallels to The Matrix are so direct and potent, you can't help but wonder what the hell is really going on among the cognoscenti in Tinseltown....

TO BE CONTINUED

50 comments:

  1. Hello Chris,

    The Buddhist mythology is also very similar to Gnosticism. Buddha mentioned our world as Samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth, where we were all subjected to suffering. To achieve freedom from Samsara you would have to make a journey inside yourself and achieve Enlightenment (Gnosis) where you would be faced with Mara the owner of Samsara. After achieving freedom you would not reincarnate again after death and final freedom would be achieved: Nirvana. Mara here sounds a lot like the Demiurge, and also the Arquitect of the Matrix (2nd movie). Coincidently Keanu Reeves played the Buddha in the movie "Little Buddha". In the scene where Buddha achieves enlightenment and Keanu Reaves faces Mara he calls him the "Great Arquitect".

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  2. "Interestingly, this Gnostic insight accords closely with the view of Jacques Vallee, who maintains that ET/cyborgs probably belong to the local planetary realm. Vallee also proposes that the ET/UFO enigma is a “spiritual control system,” a phenomenon that “behaves like a conditioning process.” (Messengers of Deception). This is exactly what Gnostics said about the Archons: they can affect our minds by subliminal conditioning techniques."

    I dont gell with this. For a start, I do not gell with the original Gnostic myth, and distrust the fitting of actual hifgh strange experiences onto that myth of the 'archons' etc.
    One reason being that if we listen to some reports to do with contact with 'ET' beings their messages seems to warn about wtf we stuuupid humans are doing to planet earth. That to me is NOT a message of deception but a very intelligent direct enlightening experience.
    This even happened in the famous contact South African children reported with UFOs and their occupants where several of the kids 'got a message' in their minds that we are damaging the earth.

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  3. ah, glad you're enjoying lash.

    his short 'rite action' section on intra species predation and how to counter it, is quite interesting and beyond germane.
    especially if one is of the kybalionesque mindset... the universe is mental.

    in 3 parts; the links are ineloquent, but navigable.

    http://www.metahistory.org/RiteAction/RiteActionintro.php


    as to the archons, i'm agnostic... in that, until i have more compelling info, i surmise...they are archetypes the ancients utilized to explain the conflicting polarities w/in ea of our psyches.

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  4. Dude,

    If I wasn't such a synchro-phant I'd say these posts are like exceptional primers that help 'the ready' to think and muse for themselves - about some of of the most important spiritual questions they'll ever ask. But, me being me I think we should just turn you into an all-purpose guru and have done with it! Might not be fun for you though...

    In all siriusness though, more great work and great insight. Especially the connections to Trek and Terminator. Sky-Net? Pretty gnostic stuff right there.

    Peace

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  5. Dear Chris,

    Wow,and again Wow!

    A syncro spiritual primer indeed.

    Thanks and best wishes for good health, Delorus

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  6. very cool and scary. well done. for those about to rock, i salute you.

    rock means hard work, comin in on saturday, workin overtime.

    thats f*@k-n gangsta!

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  7. Should mention that though Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon and raised in Canada, his first name is actually Hawaiian (given by his Hawaiian father who abandoned Keanu and his mother when the boy was three).

    It means "Cool Breeze."

    There's not relation, but I found it interesting that Neo is sort of a Superman figure (with Trinity and Morpheus filling in the Wonder Woman and Batman roles) and Keanu shares the surname of another famous Superman actor, George Reeves.

    Of course, going back to the Hawaiian, it also sounds a bit like Kahuna, which literally translates to something like "one who tends the cooking fire" but refers to the spiritual leaders of Hawaiian culture and, colloquially, "Big Kahuna" means God.

    In the Matrix, though, the Oracle is the Kahuna, as she delivers wisdom while baking cookies.

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  8. One reason being that if we listen to some reports to do with contact with 'ET' beings their messages seems to warn about wtf we stuuupid humans are doing to planet earth. That to me is NOT a message of deception but a very intelligent direct enlightening experience.
    True, and in his earlier work, Vallee conjectured that the purpose of the control system was unclear. Essentially, as a cyberneticist, he considered two forms of control systems, static and graduated. In the static system, it's a prison. When you reach the wall, then you are shocked back to the status quo or eliminated. In the graduated, it is like a school or university, when you interact with the control system, you either go forward or are sent back based on your ability to overcome the obstacles set before you.

    From this perspective, it may be that if you believe this is a prison, then the control system will send you back - or, conversely, people who cannot overcome the obstacles set in the way perceive it as a prison.

    Similar to the recent film, THE BOX, actually.

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  9. I dont trust mechanistic theories.Ie., if you begin questioning reality from a mechanistic position THAT can be the prison YOU may not be aware of?

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  10. Chris, I recently attempted to commit suicide. It was a tremendous life-changing event worthy of a new post at the Meta-Logic Café. Your comments as all-ways are more than welcome.

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  11. I dont trust mechanistic theories.Ie., if you begin questioning reality from a mechanistic position THAT can be the prison YOU may not be aware of?

    True, but you must acknowledge that is an overtly prejudicial position. It's not about questioning reality, but simply experiencing reality or truth. Illusions will fall away if tested, but that involves risk. Faith, even, is a part of the scientific process.

    Take, for example, your assertion earlier that some reports of ET's have positive messages. If you spend some time reading of the accounts of actual contact and abduction experiences, as documented by people like Vallee and John Keel, you will find that the positive experiences are very rare while extremely bizarre and downright traumatic experiences are far more common.

    If there were advanced alien lifeforms interested in helping us, then certainly stopping random people on a desert highway are in the woods and doing unexplained flyovers of cities is not going to accomplish anything. This begs the question, if they are benevolent, then why aren't they more direct?

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  12. Something I've been thinking about more often after these few posts is the very basic idea that these aliens look like us. Now, as unlikely as it might be, a humanoid form might conceivably be common around the universe for intelligent, tool-using animals. Convergent evolution.

    However, in accounts of several early contact experiences in the 60's, often the extra-terrestrials look exactly like us. Even the extra-terrestrial "grays" or "little green men" have expressions and gestures that are familiar. From some accounts, the aliens want to combine DNA - how could alien life that formed on another planet have the same carbon-based DNA anything near compatible with an earth creature.

    Again, imagine centuries from now we send explorers on a starship to a planet many, many light-years away and they discover a race of intelligent people who aren't much different than we are and live on a planet that is nearly identical to Earth a few thousand years ago. For me, that would be compelling evidence for the Strong Anthropic Cosmological Principle - the idea that the universe was designed for intelligent life like ours to develop.

    So if there were an alien race that thinks it may just have discovered strong evidence for the existence of God, I think it would proceed cautiously as far as its interaction with the creatures of this world. At the same time, experimentally, I don't think they could leave us alone considering we might hold the secret to an actual divine plan.

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  13. I'm intrigued by the connection between machines and aliens. In fact, when I read about the Igigi, I couldn't help but think of the Cylons, who were created by the humans (Annunaki) in BSG. Then of course, there's Transformers.

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  14. Oops, sorry! Forgot to put my name on that last post! I should also mention that the scene in Transformers 2 where Shia Laboeuf is having his mind "hijacked" by Megatron's bug-like minion reminds me of the interrogation scene in the beginning of The Matrix. Shia Laboeuf was also in Constantine with Keanu Reeves.-Trevor

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  15. If there were advanced alien lifeforms interested in helping us, then certainly stopping random people on a desert highway are in the woods and doing unexplained flyovers of cities is not going to accomplish anything. This begs the question, if they are benevolent, then why aren't they more direct?

    As I understand our situation in the world it is very like sorcery which is going on, and not by aliens but by our lot. Ie., propaganda is working overtime, and it has been going on for hundreds and hundreds of years.
    So ANY directness must be able to get through this self-destructive death wish which is part of the patriarchal religious and secular mindsets.
    It is basically a mindset which wants to take over nature, The 'religious' one desires a massive disaster which will prove to them their 'god' is coming, and the latter they are working over time to patent nature etc. So these are very dangerous times.

    INTO this world---the 'real world'/matrix are UFOs and alien contacts. what CAN they mean? Are we gonna interpret it Gnostically? But wait, what about Gnosticism itself.....? wasn't it world-denying? And aren't we rather looking for stories that help us BOND with the estranged earth?

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  16. I'd like to think so, but from nearly every perspective (religious, philosophical and mystical) except scientific (biology and evolution), it seems like the message is that we don't belong here. Existence is a hostile world when it comes to consciousness.

    What are some of the stories that help us bond to the Earth?

    KILL BILL, maybe. In Kill Bill, the Bride is originally Black Mamba, a death dealing assassin whose natural life-giving feminine power has been subverted into destructive masculine form. Note she is not a seductress, a femme fatale, but a head on warrior like any man. The most influential people in her life are men - her lover and employer, Bill, and her martial arts mentors, first Pai Mai, and then sushi chef and swordmaker Hattori Hanzo. Of them, only Hanzo survives and he does so because he knows how to let go of his masculine power and give it to the Bride, who we later learn is Beatrice meaning "Blessed Traveler."

    Throughout the story, B pursues a path of destruction and revenge, but what she doesn't realize she's doing is literally unbinding the conditioning that led to her near death coma and the death of her fiancee and (she believes) unborn child.

    In the end, her path leads her back to the crossroads where she broke her bond with the Earth and became an assassin - with Bill. At this point, she is again offered a deal and again refuses it, killing Bill and leaving with her daughter free of all patriarchal influence.

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  17. Chris,

    I'll assume you're probably aware of the film "The Adjustment Bureau".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZJ0TP4nTaE

    I live under a big Canadian rock, so I wasn't aware of its existence until yesterday, when I happened to be near a TV, and caught a short 30 second trailer for the film. What struck me the most were the men in fedoras (very MIB-esque), and the weird portal/time travel system the titular "Adjustment Bureau" uses. Looking further into it, it seems it's based on a similarly named Philip K. Dick short story, which I have not read, so I can't comment much further.

    Overall I got a real Dark City vibe off the short trailer, so thought I'd chime in.

    PS: Have to wonder how closely Hollywood screen writers follow the fortean blogosphere.

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  18. I'd like to think so, but from nearly every perspective (religious, philosophical and mystical) except scientific (biology and evolution), it seems like the message is that we don't belong here. Existence is a hostile world when it comes to consciousness.

    What are some of the stories that help us bond to the Earth?


    The Goddess mythos does NOT see nature as hostile but sacred.

    And the secular materialistic myth sees nature as 'dead and mute' and HUMANS as inherently hostile----you know 'only the fittest survive'. Corporation/'persons' polluting 'non-persons' water, and soil, seas, air, etc etc. Not caring---dehumanized, only concerned with money and profits.

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  19. I love hearing your thoughts about Gnosticism and Sci-Fi. I'm a big fan of the Nag Hammadi literature, and it's absolutely amazing how "space opera" it all is. Explicitly so, even - Archons are associated with planets and it requires the correct passwords (informational content) in order to pass them. The intellectual sophistication of our ancestors is unbelievable, especially given that they lacked tools like the Internet or deep space telescopes.

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  20. My biggest problem with the material is summed up pretty well by a moment in a Drawn Together episode, season 3

    I don't remember the circumstances, but Captain Hero is worried about something and pleading, "God, please give me a sign!" Suddenly, a flaming unicorn crashes through the window and runs across the screen and is gone. Captain Hero is like, "...uh... okay...?"

    I gave up dream interpretation for the same reason. I could without any effort come up instantly with two mutually contradictory interpretations for any dream I had.

    PKD obviously had the same problem:
    "I said, "I will find a thought, an explanation, a theory, that does not set off an infinite regress." And, as soon as I said that, an infinite regress was set off. God said "Over a period of six and a half years you have developed theory after theory to explain 2-3-74. Each night when you go to bed you think, "At last I found it. I tried out theory after theory until now, finally, I have the right one.' And then the next morning you wake up and said, "There is one fact not explained by that theory. I will have to think up another theory.' And so you do. By now it is evident to you that you are going to think up an infinite number of theories, limited only by your lifespan, not limited by your creative imagination.

    So, maybe the medium of synchronicity is the message but what the Hell do we do with it - I still suffer from physical pain, degradation of the body, and some day I'll die. So what damned good is it if we can't do anything with the knowing?

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  21. The Matrix has any number of pop culture antecedents, but the most significant - and by far the most well-known - of them as far as the basic plot is concerned is 'The Cage' (aka 'The Menagerie'), the original Star Trek pilot that was reworked as a two-part episode during the original series' first season. We have three nearly-omnipotent figures with the power to alter a person's (specifically, an abductee's) perception of the physical world and do so while their subjects are imprisoned.

    To go back to this, it is amazing that Trek seems to have told all the stories science fiction films would tell again for years after.

    To refer to this specific episode, not the Pilot but the original series run, again, it is fascinating to me that at the end, the choice is that it is better to remain in the illusion than live outside it as long as either you are controlling the illusion or it is being run by benefactors instead of malevolent manipulators. Pike in that episode allows his friend Spock to risk dishonor and even his life (apparently capital punishment is still part of the military code in the future) to return him to a world where he can live the rest of his days believing he is healthy and whole and with the love of his life.

    In Dark City, Murdoch continues the deception only he has good intentions. You wonder what will happen after he dies. Will he have a child by Anna and will he or she possess the power to tune?

    As a side note, another interesting element of Dark City is the interesting nature of a pair of scenes. The night clerk at the hotel when Murdoch leaves at the beginning of the story is replaced and Murdoch later recognizes the same man in a news stand. Both times, even though he's implanted with different memories, his last line to Murdoch in both scenes is "no time off for good behavior."

    Even though the memories are different the personalities are the same. What's implied throughout the film is a deeper reality - a representation of truth - that is outside the Strangers' manipulation and understanding.

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  22. As great as the matrix and dark city posts are, I am really looking forward to the Memento analysis. Sounds like something special.

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  23. Absolutely mind-blowing, Christopher. You tie up a lot of threads in this one.

    All this has me wondering: How can we put this all to use? Having assimilated much of this, one wonders not how to change reality, but perhaps put it to best advantange. I see stuff these days that I was never cogniscant of, yet always existed before despite my ignorance.

    If we really live in information space, might that mean on a certain level that symbolic connections are really more powerful than atomic bonds? Yeah, that's way out there, but worth a thought experiment or two.

    What if one doesn't want to be property? What if one wakes up?

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  24. I'm finding the whole alien thing really scared now. That's all I have to say about that. Great posts, I'm taking it all in.

    I just watched the trailer for 'The Adjustment Bureau' just before reading this, it looks good. It seems to portray the men in black as angels...in suits. I can see how they might wear suits, as opposed to robes, times have changed.

    I came across this a few months ago, it's quite an impressive impression of an Elf, I think.

    http://www.gather.com/viewImage.action?fileId=3096224744076953

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  25. Hey Chris,

    Here's my highest hope, phrased as a question: What if it's not the hard tangability of the physical universe that's the illusion-prison - but it's the universe's apparent causality?

    Essentially I'm suggesting a world at times as hard-edged and real as this one, but with added ESP, synchronicity, psychokinesis, teleportation, time travel, less physical pain and no neccesity for food. If we could all really 'tune' like John Murdoch, tune all our neccessities, would that not be a liberated state of being?

    We need a context of contrasts in order to percieve ANYTHING, but constrast is not the same thing as the unimaginable violence that seems encoded into nature and physics. Planets can be shattered by foreign objects, stars can go supernova, or expand and swallow all the sentient life that it hosts. Perhaps the unaviodability of this violence is the prison.

    I have a basic working grasp of contemporary physics and I do understand the reservations to such madcap theorising. But what if we were once more dream-logic creatures than discreet tangible entities? What if we were eventually mechanised somehow by linear causality, physical pain and physical neccesities?

    If we really are energetic beings in some sense, connected to the infinite source - then it makes sense that the first thing an Archon would want to do is close down that open energy-system. If true, this has massive implications and untold resonances.

    If ancient astronauts f*cked around with our DNA, our tree of life (or THE tree of life), it's possible that the tree was originally far more paradoxical and powerful than we currently understand. What if the tree's roots were once planted in the numinous, intangible realm (in sci-fi speak the human individual was a zero-point system, eidolon, or ghost) - and the ancient astronauts planted the tree in the Earth itself. The dream-logic magic of it's essence became chemical chains of deoxyribonucleic acid.

    What if they tethered us here, and terra is more an adoptive mother rather than a strict birth-mother? Just my speculations, but we humans are as much poetry as prose. There's some kind of powerful secret connected to that fact - I can feel it.

    Peace

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  26. Let's not forget the eyebrowless, hat wearing MIB from Fringe!

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  27. PKD contended that time had been looped, and that the gnostic faithful were still in hiding, away from persecution by the Roman empire....I still am amazed that open discussion in these forums is so brazen and frank. They watch, they know, they are aware. The answer may lie in the fruit of the apple that was bitten, the work of the Jobs, the mustard seedling come to life, with branches that cover the entire globe. Jesus, he's us! IT phone home.

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  28. "I very seriously doubt that everyone who's claimed to be abducted is a liar or a nutcase. There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, all of which can speak to trauma or another kind of extreme duress"

    This really hit home for me, Chris. I had a life-changing quasi-abduction experience which relates directly to the Matrix. I had just entered college when the film came out, in a period I was experimenting heavily with psyoactives.

    Shortly after watching the enormously impressive Matrix, I took a massive dose of DXM in my dormroom (twice the standard "high" dose). I spent the night in bed, undergoing hell itself. The climax was when I found myself lying on a kind of operating table, with medical apparatuses, surgical lighting, and a number of humanoid figures standing around doing *something* to me. It felt completely alien. I was terrified, especially when I realized I couldn't make the apparition go away. I was stuck in it for what seemed to be an eternity, and remember believing I had died and gone to hell. Later on I recall being visited at my bedside by various known and unknown people, both dead and alive, who came to comfort me.

    I woke up feeling bereft of my soul. I was convinced I had seen pure evil beyond the veil of reality, and that whoever had been "working on me" had irrevocably broken something inside me. I became deeply depressed, convinced we are living in a prison world controlled by demonic sadists. It took about half a year to get back to where I was emotionally, but my reality has never been the same.

    Appropriately enough, DXM (DXirtaM) comes in the form of a red pill or liquid... but I wouldn't recommend the experience to anyone. I almost killed myself with the drug (could have died had I not vomited most of it out), and then later again during my depression. Speaking of which, I was saddened to hear about JB's ordeal and I wish him all the best.

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  29. Raj,
    Your posts vibrate in my solar plexus, with a feeling that you generally on to something. Same as you, what it is, heckifIknow, but I do resonate with your thoughts.

    Thanks to all posters as well. Delorus

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  30. Great post,Chris.
    I just wonder if you have heard about plans to make Matrix 4 & 5 ?

    http://www.nme.com/movies/news/keanu-reeves-reveals-3d-plans-for-the-matrix-4-and/203507

    "Keanu Reeves has revealed that plans are underway for two more sequels to The Matrix. The actor, who appears as lead character Neo in the first three movies in the franchise, told Worstpreviews.com that he and the writers of the sci-fi franchise, Andy and Larry Wachowski, have discussed the possibility of shooting the two new sequels in 3D.

    It is believed the Wachowskis are seeking 3D filmmaking advice from Avatar creator James Cameron, who with that film helped repopularise the medium.

    Reeves said they were keen to deliver something which has "never been seen" and would "truly transform" the action movie genre.

    The films won't be coming any time soon. The Wachowskis are looking to complete new movie Cloud Atlas before thinking any more about continuing The Matrix series."

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  31. I was just reading about the Wachowskis' next film "Cloud Atlas"

    "Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other."

    Sounds interesting,and it stars Tom Hanks,too.

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  32. Thanks for all your kind words, Delorus. I don't know what the hell is going on, but I'm glad that you resonate with my speculations. Best wishes.

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  33. Dear Raj....

    Something in your thougts and the way you write them out, does somethinfg to my heart, fills it with joy and thanks existence at the same time (especially the last one !!!!!), would love to meet you one day.

    And Kudos to all the other posters as well.
    My mind is too feeble to participate on such a high level, but i love reading the comments section of a CK post, its one juicy morsel.

    If anyone of you happens to be in Greece one day lets all meet and start a symposium on one of the former sanctuaries on the countless Aegaean islands, you can still feel the energy here, its marvellous, no wonder my ancestors chose these places for their eucharisties and mysteria.

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  34. If ancient astronauts f*cked around with our DNA, our tree of life (or THE tree of life), it's possible that the tree was originally far more paradoxical and powerful than we currently understand. What if the tree's roots were once planted in the numinous, intangible realm (in sci-fi speak the human individual was a zero-point system, eidolon, or ghost) - and the ancient astronauts planted the tree in the Earth itself. The dream-logic magic of it's essence became chemical chains of deoxyribonucleic acid.

    What if they tethered us here, and terra is more an adoptive mother rather than a strict birth-mother? Just my speculations, but we humans are as much poetry as prose. There's some kind of powerful secret connected to that fact - I can feel it.


    Actually this is something that Neon Genesis Evangerion touches upon in End of Evangelion. Instead of physics, look at biology.

    First, take a look at this audiocast of Radiolab (http://www.radiolab.org/2008/apr/07/genes-on-the-move/)
    "And creatures are different because they have different genes. But life wasn’t always like that. In this segment, Steve Strogatz, an applied mathematician at Cornell, tells us about a radical theory that says that way back at the beginning of life, 3 billion years ago, life was a big commune of gene swapping. Nigel Goldenfeld, one of the scientists who came up with this theory, says that the idea of different species, and consequently Darwinian evolution, simply didn’t apply for the first billion years of life on Earth."

    Alan Moore once said that the story of Adam and Eve was about the transformation of our experience from a single celled Eden to a metazoan animal - an experience each of us have from our life inside the womb before we are born. Our evolution is recapitulated entirely before we are born.

    Now, from the theory above, billions of years ago, there was something like a living ocean inhabiting the Earth. Something like Solaris. Then at some point a selfish organism (Selfish gene?) emerged that stopped swapping genetic material with its surroundings. This trait was passed on and mimicked throughout the oceanic world and thus Darwinian evolution was born.

    However, the catalyst for such a (admittedly theoretical) transformation is unknown. However, your narrative matches this theory in some elements and in Evangelion, returning to this state of "oneness with God" is the goal of one of the secret organizations behind what's going on in the series.

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  35. To J:

    Re:Shortly after watching the enormously impressive Matrix, I took a massive dose of DXM in my dormroom (twice the standard "high" dose). I spent the night in bed, undergoing hell itself. The climax was when I found myself lying on a kind of operating table, with medical apparatuses, surgical lighting, and a number of humanoid figures standing around doing *something* to me. It felt completely alien. I was terrified, especially when I realized I couldn't make the apparition go away. I was stuck in it for what seemed to be an eternity, and remember believing I had died and gone to hell. Later on I recall being visited at my bedside by various known and unknown people, both dead and alive, who came to comfort me.

    I woke up feeling bereft of my soul. I was convinced I had seen pure evil beyond the veil of reality, and that whoever had been "working on me" had irrevocably broken something inside me. I became deeply depressed, convinced we are living in a prison world controlled by demonic sadists. It took about half a year to get back to where I was emotionally, but my reality has never been the same.


    Just to, hopefully, offer some solace for your experience, what you describe is also very similar to the experiences of the original Shaman of Siberian tribal culture. In this experience, the novitiate shaman or tribesman destined to become the shaman of his people becomes very ill, or possibly intoxicated, and leaves this world (goes into an altered state) where he finds himself being cut apart by mysterious monsters in the afterlife. After they completely disassemble the poor man, they then put him back together and he realizes they were not monsters but they were his ancestors and they were not torturing him but they were healing him with a kind of supernatural surgery. Then the Shaman returns to the world and teaches others how to heal themselves.

    Again, to go back to the control system, it may not be that these were malevolent agents holding you down, but that perhaps they are the gatekeepers and you simply, at that unexpected moment understandably, were not ready to take on such a powerful transformation of your consciousness.

    Alan Moore in his practice of Magick expressed an understanding that demons are a kind of psychic mirror that express and amplify the sensations you send out. Jacob's Ladder, the film, has much the same message.

    I think you had a very important experience - it also was shared by Phillip K Dick the first time he tried LSD, by the way - but I hope it hasn't left you entirely afraid to pursue a deeper experience of reality (maybe without the DXM, next time ;) )

    Anyway, I'm glad you came out of it all right.

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  36. Hey J:
    Your story sounds very similar to an experience I shared with a friend of mine on cid and x listening to Psychocandy, we shared a hallucination/ vision of a massive spiralling red wheel of energy over a piano in the room. He was directly in front of it and I was off to the side. Talking about it later, we discovered we had seen the same thing, only he said he was sucked inside the vortex where "something" told him he had destroyed his soul forever.

    He never seemed to want to talk about it or give any more detail than that but it makes me wonder if these "gurdians", "archons","demons" or "dickheads" are jealous of what they do not posess, and can't take it away but can lie to make you think you've lost it.

    You can go with the Jacob's Ladder/ Shamanistic view also.

    As far as the Et message "You are destroying the earth, idiots". seems like another control manipulation to me, my natural response is f - u I won't do what you tell me...

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  37. Oddly, soul-destruction isn't a bad thing from some perspectives. In many meditative practices, realization the non-existence at the core of the self or ego is what's expected but nearly impossible to accomplish. From the perspective of all religions that believe in a soul, it is indestructible anyway.

    Even if this world is the only reality we'll ever perceive, much of what the gnostics and buddhists point out still applies. To most people, our consciousness, or experience of being and of being "someone," is at the foundation of our definition of reality, BUT that personhood is completely impossible to objectively prove. And, as brain injuries and strange psychoses prove on a regular basis, the person you think you are can be completely changed in an instant.

    Your identity is "you" but it is less real than the clothes you are wearing. At least, from PK Dick's definition of reality as "that which remains after you stop believing it exists."

    From that perspective, our consciousness is an unfortunate accident that is much better off in dreams or nothingness than in this "real world" that is completely unsuited for the experience of being self-aware.

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  38. "As far as the Et message "You are destroying the earth, idiots". seems like another control manipulation to me, my natural response is f - u I won't do what you tell me..."

    I see. So pretend your a bird and some alien tells you to stop shitting in your nest you'll just do it to spite yourself? is that it?

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  39. Secret Stars,

    Thanks for the compliments and engagement with my thoughts on these subjects - but it's all down to the inspiration that Chris Knowles provided me through his work on this most awesome blog.

    John Henning's info about an ocean of gene-swapping, and an emergent selfish gene, seems to be mirrored in many creation myths about the birth of evil, or simply the birth of seperation and individuality. The whole subject/object paradox that underpins our perception and self-expression.

    I think there's a lot of cool stuff in all these various interpretations about our ontology. As I've said before, truth doesn't have to be fact (whatever facts are), but it does have to be psychologically resonant somehow.

    I find little jewels of truth/insight all over the place, and if you're open you can often feel it when you come across it - regardless of how fictionalised, confused or prefaced as speculation it might be.

    I'm really open to this kind of thing, but it's a really personal proccess and requires a brutal self-honesty (which I fail at too often). If you work with it though it can offer all kinds of wonderful insights, cross-collaboration and short-cuts.

    At university this truth-scrying process served me well - it made some of my lecturers think I was some kinda genius, when in fact I wasn't half as well-read or confident or erudite as they thought I was. I just try to honestly listen to truth if I hear it speak. And I try to strike up a conversation with it, in whatever form/context it appears.

    That way I usually don't fall into the trap of trying to make my truth somone else's truth - and yet I can connect with them, and myself, on a fairly intimate level. Which is what I guess we're all trying to do.

    Peace

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  40. John and Bub,
    Thanks for the feedback. I came upon many similar stories in my journeys since then. I've often thought that birth trauma may be a significant forming factor (it's a definite subtext in Neo's awakening). It's also an interesting idea in light of the "philogeny recapitulates ontogeny" theory John mentioned.

    As for soul destruction... I see the soul as one of the final illusions Neo must embrace/dissolve. As he transcends the dual worlds of the Matrix and Reality, his consciousness expands from the individual to the universal. From a point to a field.

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  41. In the late '80,s I had a relationship with a woman that had a number of strange characteristics. The romance was ill-fated and she had some symptoms of being MKultra'd. When we were struggling with the breakup, there were two occasions that I saw out of the corner of my eye, a Man IN Black watching us. Once was on the steps of the NY Public Library. We were sitting on the steps crying, and I saw a greyish man with a grey buzz cut, wearing the strangest black suit, (with white shirt and tie) staring at us with a most unhuman expression on his face. Just as I began to make out the details of the suit: weird piping on the seams and cuffs, and the most bizarre shape to the lapels and buttons, he vanished in the crowd. Later, some days later, I was leaving her home for the last time, and on the subway, I saw the same guy grinning at me again on the subway platform. Vanished into the crowd as soon as I focused on him. For whatever reason, I am still recovering from the financial ruin brought about by that relationship....

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  42. Muz,

    not exactly,I just got carried away with the lyrics. My point being I am skeptical of the source's true intentions since warning us we are damaging the earth accomplishes nothing. It's stating the obvious, really.

    How about telling us a practical way to overthrow the corporate elite economic slave-system of war and primitive energy causing all the chaos?

    That would be more helpful.

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  43. not exactly,I just got carried away with the lyrics. My point being I am skeptical of the source's true intentions since warning us we are damaging the earth accomplishes nothing. It's stating the obvious, really.

    How about telling us a practical way to overthrow the corporate elite economic slave-system of war and primitive energy causing all the chaos?

    That would be more helpful.


    I dont actually think it IS obvious for some people. Maybe you haven't had the same experiences as me where I have been shocked when people claiming themselves to be 'scientific' will argue that talk about threat to the environment is unfounded and part of a 'conspiracy theory'--and you can predict and count the cliches they will come at you with eg--'do you want to live in caves?', 'we live much longer now' etc etc. They will not accept.

    Many people do not dig the real urgency of the damage being doen to planet earth, and its species. This is partly because they choose NOT to look (because it may be too painful), and of course the massive propaganda which prevents people facing the reality of it.

    So do not imagine that because you are 'in the know' this is shared by one and all. I am very aware of the effects of propaganda---of more and more people glued to their mobiles, and fatuous entertainment diversions.

    So like I have said--into this comes this phenomena which is SO highly strange, and we hear that these beings show concern for the environment...? And this info seeps into the consciousness---even if not realizing it. I wonder IF it will have an effect.

    I try and not jump to conclusions and try and look at it as 'normal'. I am seeing some pheneomenon part of a process of trying to enlighten us to what is really going on, which is how I see entheogenic enlightenment.

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  44. An idea that I have been considering for a while now, works along the lines of a disagreement with the seemingly binary forms of thought in the typical western mindset-either/or.' For instance, to an objective materialist mindset (which I am not an example of, for I find such a mindset to be simply too self-limiting) there exists either measurable reality, or illusion. Illusion of course, being an example of a damaged mind and having no actual existence.
    I posit a third state, that exists in between 'reality' and 'illusion', that possesses features of both, and of neither. If I'm not mistaken Jaques Vallee has proposed something like that. The MIB might be intelligences that exist within that domain, or possibly something used by a group of humans who have deked out the workings of such a state.
    Briefly, said state is more fluid, is both real and unreal, simultaneously, is intrinsic to mind, of the mind and not of the mind. Interacts with, if you will.

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  45. Bruno-That reminds me-upon seeing the Grand Architect in one of the Matrix movies, I knew instantly what they were referring to-the Masonic Grand Architect, or God. Which then made the scene fascinating-they also made GT look a lot like Freud and Darwin, and a typical cultural perception of a psychoanalyst. Note the pen. Tvs-Bog Brother, media, even the fascination with stars. Inside a dome like room, or perhaps a womb. The multitude of tvs looking like the view from an insects eyes, GT talking like a bored scientist who's discovered that his perfect logic does not account for the anomalies. There's a few other layers in there. And if I remember correctly, 'matrix' is from word forms such as matre and mother.

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  46. Forgive my third post-fascinating subject. Anyways, having read many books on the subject of ufos, it suddenly struck me one day that the alleged aliens (assuming, for the moment, they have some sort of reality) seem to possess some repitive motifs. The extremely high level of sophistication of the craft, and the relatively low, often brutal, level of the probings in abduction experiences. Coupled with the seeming lack of emotion. I decided that perhaps they are much like Richard Shavers Deros-degraded remnants who still at least know how to run the machines. As an aside, an idea I like, is that sometimes truth can be seen amongst untruth. Erich Von daniken, for instance, might be a crazed con man charaltan-who might also be more or less right about historical aliens.

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  47. Dammerung-Consider incoming data-and internally generated data, in oneof several ways-signs that the cognitive functions are healthy, and thus usable in the world. It isn't necessary to believe in any particular interpretation of a dream, but to review any relevant thoughtforms, and process the ones you like. The mind has a unique capacity to decide upon any number of 'datasets', and act upon them, even datasets that might be considered illusory, or made up. Essentially, meanings are useful in world, regardless of veracity or origin-within at least some boundaries.
    A quick example is dealing with pain-one experiences a pain, and can decide that the pain is simply happening to a part of the body, not identified as one's own. Clearly, an imaginary construct, yet science has measured real actual results.

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  48. Diassaociated thoughts?
    I dont THINK so.
    Australia are planning to ban a whole lot of plants that contain DMT;

    WE have DMT in us. We are illegal to that mindset. lo;

    I feel like an alien in the 'real world'. The 'real world' is brutal, totally unloving and ONLY ONLY caring about profit.
    That is A L L!

    The 'war on drugs' started by Pressy Nixon who is in a secret relesed recording berating Kissinger for not 'Thinking BIG ENUF MAN!! because he is reluctant to drop a nuke on human beings;

    Depraved war on drugs in Mexico where you boys are beheading other human beings

    Science does not know what consciousness is, nor what matter is!!

    Anyone sane must by now realize we are under a great oppression. And some folks claim it is the fault of 'reptillians'. Ie., that humans cannot dehumanize themselves, it must be the 'Devil'---oh forgot, wrong century,,, it must be the 'reptillians'. lol
    Hmmmm, that must mean theys responsible for alls the serial killers who pop-up ESPECIALLY made-in-America from this toxic stewed 'real world'---ohhh riiight

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  49. Jeffery Hunter who played Captain Pike, also played Jesus himself in King of Kings (1961)

    Keanu Reeves played The Bhudda, as well as the very Christ-like role of Neo.

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  50. I just saw the movie "Limitless" today,and I have to say it is one of the best movies I have seen for some time.
    Chris,if you haven't seen it,then get your ass to the cineaplex and see it on the big screen.I doubt you will be sorry.
    In fact,I think you'll be watching it again and again,like I will be.There is so much to take in.
    You'll love it.

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