Today there is something extremely new on our blog. We have shared information traversing topics like finance, interview preparation, writing resumes etc. etc etc….
But today, I want to discuss about a movie that I saw recently. Its named as the man from Earth. It is directed by Richard Schenkman and was released in the year 2007
Some parts in the discussion could be found as profane to some religion, caste or belief. We aim at discussing the points put forth in the movie and owe no disrespect for any religion. We beg pardon if anything is found objectionable and request to bring in our notice so that we can act accordingly.
This Movie is about a professor who teaches History in the college and makes many friends like a psychologist, a Christian literal, an Anthropologist, an Archeologist and a student. The actor claims about being 14000yrs. Old and still has no signs of aging after being 35 yrs old. All the friends try to prove his point wrong by every logic possible but still are helpless infront of every answer he gives them. Among these conversations lie very interesting discussions which could gave us thoughts to ponder about.
This Movie takes us to the verge of breaking our psychological barriers that we guard through our scientific knowledge and experiences.
There is a point the actor makes in the movie in which he confesses that he is “The Jesus”. The people sitting there are astonished by this and find it profaning their religion and try to prove him wrong by verifying why was he called Jesus if he says his name is John. He tells that he spoke his name as John but due to various dialects and pronunciation differences it went ahead to be called as Jesus. He used the medication techniques he learnt from India to cure people which were treated as miracles and all the truth just snowballed into a massive false. The simple message he gave about love and affection among the people and to care for others turned into a religion that millions of people practice but over the time shadowed the very virtue he wanted to impart which was: To live in harmony with each other.
This, we can see is an irony, the good deeds he did to increase affection among the people turned into the religion which increases differences between the people.
It may not be what the religion speaks of but the very thought of being the most supreme religion gives all the holy wars that turn into brutal wars killing thousands innocent people which are then justified as the Divine order from God which atleast in perspective of the movie nowhere exists.
This story may be just an imagination of the Director, but still unfolds the very basics of human mind.
We just don’t let the things be as they are. No one just narrates what he/she feel, they either add things up or curtail things down and start a chain reaction of additions or alterations which completely transform the truth.
The actor in the movie confesses that he is Jesus but he has nothing to do with Old Testament, there is nothing holy in his immortalness, it’s just a metabolical miracle.
We can very well make out that he is talking about that old testament, the fallacies of which led to the death of Copernicus ( The Mathematician) In Old Testament it was written that the Earth is flat, when Copernicus advocated the fact that the Earth was spherical he was regarded as a person with unchristian thoughts and was hanged and the same was even tried with Galileo.
In the same way, the various characters in the movie disagree with the hero. It just shows us how we fear the fact that whatever we know and believe can be a myth and when all our beliefs and values just shatter like a castle of cards, we try to defend it inappropriately. The characters in the movie cried, spitted out abusive words and even try to kill the hero because he was shattering their very beliefs which they were growing ever since their birth.
I can remember that in Bible it is told to behave with others as we want them to behave with us. This is the simple message every religion, holy book tries to give us. This is what was imparted by all the religious and spiritual gurus/leaders. But along with the time the major part that is constructed/destructed by the intermediate priests and clergies have made the overall concept so complex which easily confuses the person and prevents him from having absolute belief on his religion and professes superstition and blind faith.
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