From the Melanated Man:
I wasn’t intending on writing a post on this movie, partly because I wasn’t intending on going to watch this movie either. Honestly I did not know anything about this movie; my wife told me about it and wanted to go see it. She figured that I would want to go watch it as well, stating the rave reviews it had received, describing it as a cerebral film.
Well, at first glance the old me wouldn’t dare spend $8.50 (that is the matinee price, because I refuse to spend double to see the same movie in prime time!) to go watch an alien invasion movie seemingly without any real action whatsoever.
What’s the point?
But obviously the old me is dead and buried six feet underground. The new me was partially excited and skeptical since I hadn’t heard anything about the movie, and it wasn’t a movie on my personal “Must See” list (i.e X-Men Apocalypse, Doctor Strange.)
It was good! I learned, well reaffirmed, some knowledge that I had been thinking and contemplating on the last couple of months. Particularly on the concept of time. There were other elements of the movie that I found interesting as well, such as the “aliens” technology, but none like the interpretation of time that was presented to the audience by the “aliens.”
The connection between the concept of time and man’s culture (mindset) is the main focus of this post.
I suggest everyone go see this movie. It is presented as a thought-provoking film, and it is; for myself it was only confirmation for me on so many levels.
**SPOILER ALERT** DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE, THAT IS, IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT
Synopsis: Twelve extraterrestrial aircrafts, known as Shells (which they actually do look like shells), arrive in strategic locations on Earth. The film’s lead is Amy Adams, who portrays Dr. Louise Banks, an renowned linguist. She is called upon by the US Army Colonel Weber (portrayed by Forest Whitaker) to lead a special team at one of the Shell landing sites in Montana, to decipher the alien’s language and figure out their intentions. Also on the team is Ian Donnelly (portrayed by Jeremy Renner) an astrophysicist who is skeptical of Banks’ skills and how they pertain to the task of communicating with the aliens. Throughout the entire movie Louise is haunted by visions of losing her daughter to a rare disease not known to the audience. The alien creatures resemble cephalopods (or squid-like), and are protected by a glass window whenever the team comes into contact with them.
My thoughts and opinions are written in bold.
Throughout the entire film, there are references to time. The whole basis of the movie revolves around the concept of time. There was a statement at the beginning of the film by Dr. Banks stating that she feels that “time has no beginning or an end.” She stated to Colonel Weber that through her studies with other cultures on Earth that a society’s language is influenced by their viewpoint of life and the universe. There was another statement such as “time is non-linear,” when it came to decoding the aliens written language. The alien’s language is written in a circular-form, indicating that their understanding of time is in fact cyclical in nature.
If you have a decent relationship with the Good Book, then you should be familiar with this verse:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Minus the obvious contradiction of the Bible, there is alot of truth within it. Each and every one of us are the living manifestation of this verse.
Let me elaborate on that.
The average Internet research scholar should be privy to the fact that the Bible, well the earlier variations of it, was practically written by individuals who were Melanin-Dominant. Those “aliens” in the movie represent those ancient Melanin-Dominant ancestors who knew everything regarding the “concept of time” and of the things to come. Whether we know it or not, our ancestors tried to warn us (i.e. the Melanin-Dominant including Blacks, Africans, Aboriginals, etc.) of the coming storm, or terror that was to come. They knew that time is only a recurrent phenomenon.
The ancients sensed long ago that there was going to be a shift in power, and thus, the mindset of the people on the planet. It would transfer into a new cycle of living, a very cycle of living not natural or conducive to Melanin-Dominant peoples. The philosophy changed from one of a collective (African) to an individual (European) philosophy. We are well-versed to the fact that this new cycle has chad major consequences for Melanin-Dominant peoples throughout recent history of the last 6,000 to 10,000 years. The age of -isms has been in full supply, from Capitalism to Imperialism to Fascism to Racism and so on and so on.
Famine, widespread disease, pollution, and war are the byproducts of this now supreme philosophy. It explains how Louise can see her future daughter contracting and dying from a rare disease, and her future husband Dr. Donnelly leaving her in the subsequent aftermath. The society (Western, European culture) that is the preeminent culture of the day has created a scenario such as this. When the African mindset was dominant on the planet, these this sort of situation was virtually non-existent. Any dis-ease could be cured through the African holistic way.
If you understand and overstand a species culture and mentality, it’s not too hard to predict their actions and reactions. Then time, if there is such a thing as time, does not exist.
As we say: “Wash, rinse, repeat.”
The dominant culture in today’s society (Western culture) has a finite foundation. Every aspect of Western culture and thought has as a beginning and an end. For instance:
-The way we write and communicate, there is a beginning and end to our sentences that we write, and to conversations we have with one another.
-The way we work for 30-40 years searching for that light at the end of the tunnel called retirement, it explains how individuals can settle for a subpar occupation for so long.
-Even the way we look at death, we figure that’s the end of our existence, it’s only a stepping stone to the next stage. For example in the movie, the alien named Costello by the humans mentioned that Abbott was “in the death process,” following the attack by rogue Army soldiers who were against the aliens’ presence on Earth.
(Note: The aliens did not retaliate from that attack, only pulling their ships a few thousand feet away from the surface to protect themselves from further confrontation. They kept calm and patient. Their behavior reflect that of a highly civilized, melanated culture.)
Western civilization has trapped the majority of the inhabitants of this planet with this finite understanding of time. The “primitive” cultures that the West has devoured over thousands of years knew that time (and history) repeats itself.
“What goes around, comes back around.”
Sort of like a REVOLUTION!
- a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.
- an instance of revolving.
Why do we even call a revolution (the uprising part of that term) a revolution anyway?It puzzles me. Because we complain about the same thing over and over again, have an uproar about, and the same shit repeats itself again in a different form/manner.
We need to do away with words that have a double meaning. We are unwittingly causing confusion within our minds. Remember, language imitates culture, culture imitates mindset.
It’s time that we change our language, our culture, our mindset, back to that of our ancient Melanin-Dominant ancestors, brothers and sistahs.
Maybe we can break this destructive cycle we are currently revolving.
Our liberation depends on it.
Peace and Love to my melanated family,
The Melanated Man