AIDS Ice Cubes Elsa Ninth Circle
AIDS and The Thing
In 1982, Universal released John Carpenter's remake of The Thing. The movie, starring Kurt Russell, made its debut when AIDS was just emerging as an epidemic. Except for its unrelenting splash of blood and guts, the movie was not considered remarkable at the time.
In the movie, a monster from space: 1) reproduced itself on an all-male Antarctic base, hiding itself in the bodies of humans; 2) jumped from man to man; 3) was projected on a computer as a disease that would spread exponentially; 4) attacked the base's blood supply; and 5) could be detected by a blood test devised by the hero.
In retrospect, Carpenter's Thing was a mythical representation of AIDS; it behaved like the AIDS virus.
Mind of God Reality operates at two levels: 1) linear, observable events in the material world, and 2) nonlinear episodes in the collective unconscious, which are expressed by artists through our culture. These stories from the collective unconscious, or the mind of God, as some might say, are mythical representations of actual events and, in some cases, predict events. The Thing was God's way of telling gays that their bathhouse culture of promiscuous anal intercourse had brought a monster to life.
In the movie, when the monster is discovered, one of the characters, senior biologist Blair, goes "mad" and decides that no one should leave the base alive. He destroys the helicopters, tractors and communications equipment. The other base members overcome and disarm him, and lock him in a shed. As the plot develops, it becomes evident that Blair wasn't so mad after all.
God's message in the story was that you have to identify and kill, or at least quarantine, everyone possessed by the monster (AIDS). We ignored His advice. Instead, our misplaced compassion let the monster escape from the gay "base" and kill 35 million people.
To the ancient Greeks and Romans, the connection between creativity and reality was common knowledge; mythology, history and literature were inseparable. Unfortunately, in our modern age, we are ignorant of the spiritual plane in our media. If you want to know what God is thinking today, look to artists, actors, writers, musicians, and, of course, a director, John Carpenter. Christ was the carpenter who preached compassion. John Carpenter channeled an Antichrist who ignored compassion. All forms of Christ and Antichrist are creations of God.
Image The Thing © Universal Pictures, fair use
Acquired Industrial Deficiency Syndrome
Free trade is like free love. If you have different sex partners, you need protection. If you have different trading partners, you need protectionism.
Failure to take this precaution will expose your nation to Acquired Industrial Deficiency Syndrome, in which manufacturing muscle is replaced by service sector fat and the body becomes vulnerable to such parasites as derivatives traders and hedge fund managers.
As young cells struggle on low wages, a greater proportion of the body’s energy (Social Security and Medicare payments) is used to sustain old and dying cells.
Ice cubes and the cold truth
Parents worn down by their daughters’ incessant singing of “Let it go, let it go” from the Disney movie Frozen might be more upset if they actually paid attention to lyrics from the song:
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
Let it go, let it go
The message for little girls seems to echo the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, whose works included Beyond Good and Evil. The German philosopher argued that the creative powers of the individual should not be stifled by social, cultural, and moral boundaries.
Admittedly, the theme of the movie seems to be that love can fix anything but the actual lyrics sung by Elsa promote the empowering amorality advocated by Nietzsche, who many say inspired the Nazis.
Nietzsche’s concept of an “overman” or “superman” who transcends “herd” morality influenced comic book artists Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel, who created a Superman who embodied a rejection of Neitzschean values. Their Superman maintains an ice Fortress of Solitude. In Frozen, Elsa, frightened by her superpower to freeze things, flees to the wilderness, where she builds herself an ice palace.
Elsa’s proclamation of “no right, no wrong” and her ice castle may be instances of synchronicity with Nietzsche and Superman, but they may also have been deliberate references inserted by the film creators.
Image Frozen © Walt Disney Pictures, fair use
The Ninth Circle of Hell
Philosophy and astronomy point to the possibility that humanity is already in hell.
Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University in England, suggests that our universe may be a computer program generated by advanced humans or “posthumans.” According to Bostrom, these god-like beings may have created computers with enough processing power to generate virtual worlds inhabited by virtual people with virtual nervous systems.
Using Bostrom’s theory, we could conceive of Earth as a multi-player game in which the posthumans enjoy vicarious experiences through the artificial humans (avatars) they create. The advanced humans may even take the simulation to the next level and transfer their consciousness to the simulated humans, as in The Matrix.
Bostrom sees these games as “ancestor simulations” in which the advanced humans relive their ancient past. But that raises some disturbing issues. Today’s gamers are admonished to turn off their boxes and “get a life.” One would think an extremely advanced race of humans would be living in the present instead of devoting immense resources and energy to living in the past.
Unless, of course, the past is preferable to the present. If the game players who inhabit the simulation have suppressed their real memories, that could be a sign that their real world is unbearable and hopeless. These advanced humans may have exhausted all possibilities of survival, including colonization of other planets in other star systems, and are only left with the final outcome suggested by the three astronomers who won the 2011 Nobel physics prize.
Frozen Through their study of exploding stars, Americans Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess showed that the universe is cooling as it expands and will “end in ice,” similar to the Ninth Circle of Hell envisioned in Dante’s Inferno. In this deepest and final level of the nether world, traitors, including Judas Iscariot and the devil himself, are frozen in a lake of ice.
Pretending to live on ancient Earth may be the best outlet for posthumans trapped on a cold planet orbiting the last dying sun in a dying universe.
Placing a human conscious in a long-term simulation, even with time compression, would require that the original body be artificially maintained. Perhaps respiration could be normal but the body would require intravenous nourishment and the insertion of a catheter.
All this will require a source of power. Humanity’s last source of energy may not be a weak star but the heat generated from the hellish molten core of their planet. But even that will run out eventually. The lights will go out and the gamers will pass away in the last moments of freezing oblivion. How would you end the game? I would want my last memory to be life on a warming planet.
Image Lucifer, King of Hell, by Gustave Doré for John Milton’s Paradise Lost