Thursday, February 05, 2009
The Messiah Who Fell to Earth
Jim Caviezel goes from the titular lead in Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ to playing an atheist alien named Kainan (Cain, Canaan, Canis) who falls to Earth in an astonishingly phallic spaceship in Outlander. Fascinating career move, and rife with strange symbolic parallels.
Consider this: Caviezel last appeared on the public radar muttering in Aramiac for a controversial anti-stem cell resolution ad sponsored by the Religious Right. Now he's playing an ancient astronaut running around with a pack of heathen Viking warriors and Earth is described as "an abandoned seed colony." In other word, human beings were the remnant of an abandoned colony of aliens. How times have changed.
A lot of people ask me where I think this is all going, whether we are heading towards a disclosure event. I can't say for sure. But I can say for sure that we are witnessing the emergence of a very powerful new mythos, given the avalanche of UFO/Alien/Space memes in popcult lately. A mythos that itself could very well evolve into a new religion, particularly when married to the militarism that usually accompanies these memes (think Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, etc).
In that light, the symbolism we looked at this week with the Super Bowl and the commercials produced for it certainly takes on new layers of meaning, seeing that "The Big Game" is America's yearly celebration of unbridled militarism and hypermasculinity. And powerful Synchromystic currents seemed to play themselves out during and after the game (the fire at the Cardinal's church in Chicago, for instance).
Former 90-lb weakling Bruce Springsteen certainly demonstrated his understanding of the night's symbolism as the fireworks went off. We'll be seeing a lot more fireworks in the years to come, you can be certain of that. Of all kinds.
UPDATE: This headline could just as well be about Barack Obama. In what is probably the shortest presidential honeymoon on record, the Washington establishment already has the knives out. All the ego-trippers play games and serve their overlords and you and I will pay the price. The last days of Rome, truly.
UPDATE II: CNN Headline: "Did Obama dog Simpson about her weight?"
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