Cloud Atlas [Is your life a Drop in the Bucket?] #Blogg100

I have now seen Cloud Atlas several times and it is the best movie to come out in many years IMHO. The  Wachowskis did such great job not selling out to the false assumption that storytelling is just dumb entertainment. Read this Interview with them about it: The Wachowskis explain how Cloud Atlas unplugs people from the Matrix. Storytelling always has been and always will be at the heart of what it is to be human. And Cloud Atlas is a masterpiece in telling a fine story about what is important in life as I will discuss below.

Also check out why I think Storytelling is so important in my posts about Elysium and Pacific Rim

#070 [LXX]
Do our choices define us? [Agency and Kindness]

So the big question this movie asks me is:

Do our choices define us?
Or are they just a rationalization of the mind who can do nothing but apply agency to everything?

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Composing is a crusade. Sometimes you slay the dragon. Sometime it slays you

Life Deeds

Batou

Batou

I’ll start with a quote from my favorite character in the movie Ghost in the Shell.

“That’s all it is: information. Even a simulated experience or a dream; simultaneous reality and fantasy. Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.” — Batou, Ghost in The Shell

This is the movie that inspired the Wachowski brothers the most when making The Matrix. So here we are moving our focus right back at the latest Wachowski movie: Cloud Atlas and one of the best quotes:

“Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive, if you join them you and your entire family will be shunned. At best you will exist at pariah to be spat at and beaten, at worse to be lynched or crucified. And for what, for what, no matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?”

All the drops in this world

A far bigger pond of Drops. And yet we get the feeling that when moving together we can create the greatest of waves. As we can see in the next 2 quotes

“Dr. Henry Goose: Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would have never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?

“The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we’re bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” — Sonmi-451

Your whole life is just a Story [From Womb to Tomb]

Weeeee. I just love this kind of Stories and what they carry with them to me 🙂
And why is it that so many movie critics and reviewers often seem to forget that it’s all about the Storytelling.
I blog more about the importance of storytelling in: Engage in Storytelling and This is Your Story. And that all your brain experiences of the world from “from womb to tomb” is just stories.

“Some say to believe in destiny is to dismiss the role of free will.
That Self-determination cannot prevail in the presence of fate.
When the Truth is, the only part of destiny we can control,
is the fate we choose for another.” — Emily Thorn, Revenge

Emily Thorne

Emily Thorne

I think that we must be kind to each others in our choices and in our actions. Kindness will ripple through the Networked society and just maybe, just maybe, it will conquer Greed and Corruption. At least it is a Crusade worth going on. An Epic Quest to be proud of.

Now you must continue to make your choices and tell your story. And remember that you do not make your choices nor tell your story alone. You do this together with others.

@LordSillion
Holistic Thinking Ninja

Inspiration Loop #Blogg100

#097 [XCVII]
Vad får du inspiration från? [Where do you get your inspiration?]

Skrivkramp? [Writers cramp?] Soffpotatis? [Couchpotato?] Stuck in a Human Trap?

Name Your Excuse!

I saw this classic XKCD strip on top of my Tumblr flow:

Our Own Personal Matrix

We are all stuck inside our heads with no way of knowing what kind “Matrix” we are living in. For Real! But the what does the word “Real” mean anyway? What is Real? 😉

Which leads me to to the image

FreeCheese

There Free Beer in a Human Trap

I saw this sign earlier this week at a “Free” event. I was there with @JohanLange and @MikuMaria at It Innovations Expo 2013. And even if it we didn’t pay it’s was far from free. We invested lot of time and energy to be there. And it was worth it.

My instant reaction to the sign was:

“There is Free Beer in a Human Trap”

This reflection comes from Dan Ariely’s speech “Free Beer: The truth about dishonesty” about “How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves”

“The Truth” is such curious Human concept. The Truth can never be told but a mere “Truthy Tale” of what happened in the past. This is from my blog about Your Story

“Truth is a battle of perceptions. People only see what they’re prepared to confront. It’s not what you look at that matters but what you see. And when different perceptions battle against one another, the truth has a way of getting lost. And the monsters find a way of getting out.” — Emily Thorne

We lie when we think we can get away with it and when it will not cost us any Reputation with the group. We also lie because our StoryTelling brains can only tell stories. Truthy or not.

We share for Reputaion

Here is Johan Lange’s Bambuser recording of the free speech. He does not agree with the speaker nor do I.

We share things on the internet because we think that it will gives us a good reputation and good status. This is what most of our big social brains occupy much time with. Sharing for free isn’t that either. Sometimes we invest considerable time and effort into something we want to share and give away. We just hope this investment is worth it.

“Vi vill bli sedda, hörda och bekräftade. Alla människor fiskar efter Feedback.” — @JohanLange

We all want to appear to pull our weight in the groups we are living in. We will gladly do “free” work and share stuff on the internet for this reason. We also do this because it makes us feel productive according to the principles of PERMA.

Brain -> Reality -> The Truth -> Reputation -> Free Work -> Feedback -> Brain

And Yes. I have seen an episode of Revenge this evening to jump-start my brain.

“They say the best laid plans often go awry
Because no matter how detailed the preparation
A plan will always have weak point
And there will always be those looking to exploit it
To doom a plan to failure
And the perpetrator along with it

Every plan has a fatal flaw
Sometimes it’s the heart
Even in those who are supposed to be the most careful
But a careful nature doesn’t always ensure success
When a plan is built on an unstable foundation
Failure is not only a possibility — It’s a certainty”
— Emily Thorne in Revenge, {Sabotage}

Well my plan certainly wasn’t to stay up this late to write this. But I wouldn’t call it a failure.

Where does YOU get your inspiration from? Please write it below 🙂

/@LordSillion