Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Avatar, as a movie, is a story about Greed, Ecology and Interracial Love.
The greed represents the big ugly corporation, let’s say a Halliburton as example, about to plow under a whole race and culture for the sake of the quarterly bottom line.
The ecology is about living in balance with nature, respect of which is somehow pagan in the eyes of the people who brought you denial about global warming.
It is a story of Interracial Love in the retelling of the basic John Smith / Pocahontas ecounter of learning from one another on many levels - from the different angles of European versus Native cultures and on the old eternal theme of the male female level of human natures.
The movie is set in the future and on the rain forest like planet of Pandora inhabited by blue skinned beings/people – shades of Star Wars with a few more anthropological footnotes.
There is of course the high tech thing, science fiction within the movie storyline and the 3D screen effect of depth and a different movie perception.
The big style of the big Cameron movies seems to have a baroque quality matching the style though not necessarily the substance of the artist Caravaggio. In any case everybody is talking “Cameron” on this new flick the same way they used to talk “Caravaggio” when one of his new canvas’s hit town four hundred years ago.
Many religious and political nuts have come out of the woodwork to frame this artful masterpiece by Producer, Director and Writer James Cameron of Titanic and Terminator fame – frame it as some sort of Pagan Green Worship thing.
References to Americans and foreign wars in Iraq comparisons abound but I am told this old west Cowboy and Indian, recycled Pocahontas story, script, was sitting on a shelf long before the Neocon age of Bush 43. Cameron had been waiting for the technology to arrive to do what he and his artistic vision wanted to express on the screen ( thus my comparison to Caravaggio ).
And with TV documentaries, (perhaps projects of love) The Exodus Decoded (2006) and The Lost Tomb of Jesus (2007) with fellow Canadian and Orthodox Jewish “Naked Archeologist” Simcha Jacobovici - charges of Paganism, Druidism and Pantheism as labels attached to this film seem totally groundless – the grist of fool critics with alternate agendas.
Indeed, the poltical right, religious right, do not seem to know how to deal with different ideas on the stage of Hollywood success. This staking out and preparing boilerplate fodder to throw at different ideas mixed with recycled westerns, love stories and anti-war themes – with this brilliant film – is so anti-future and so anti-global. Get a life. (go visit Pandora)
On the heels of the recent lobotomy of justice throwing out the Blackwater/Xe Nisour Square Massacre case, I have trouble focusing on the Mercenary no-bid contract outsourced CIA soldiers of fortune thing.
I know this black ops, navy seal military cult is a religion in itself and people like the neocons drink the blood at the altar, figuratively speaking, of this cult thing in American militarism.
I can see why Constantine insisted that the new secular Christian cult conform to a parallel world of the Army Cult god of Mithra. Belief in and or having your religious beliefs rigidly conformed to is part of the energy necessary to plow ahead in battle through blood and body parts and still appear to remain sane when back in the world of the living in everyday life. It was no different then as it is now.
The Massacre case was thrown out because of incompetent Bush era Justice Department holdovers who probably knew that the sloppy way of handling evidence and affidavits of witnesses would compromise any jury decision if it ever got that far. It is good to have your Mithra friends in the Justice Department or in the Pentagon itself when being an outsourced killing machine of the Pentagon or CIA.
Putting my personal prejudices aside about Blackwater and murder done worldwide with our tax dollars, I still can’t focus on the Corporate symbol that I find difficult to pronounce Xe (pronounced zi). Of course a corporate image change is necessary after the Nisour Square Massacre with 17 Iraqi civilians dead and 20 other injured in a drive by shoot out with the natives in their nasty civilian mode in their damned native Baghdad. Oh well.
Since what interests me is the exoterics or the hidden meaning sometimes of things, I have to address my own impressions of what I consider the occult symbol of the new Blackwater or Xe Services.
The founder of Blackwater is someone named Erik Prince, a child of wealth, an ex-navy seal, former intern in the Bush 41 White House and convert to the very cultish traditionalist Latin mass Roman Catholicism.
I also use the word occult to describe the hidden meaning of things. The word itself has come to mean something sinister. Indeed decades ago, before the modern chains of bookstores, the label of Occult would be in tiny independent bookstores and the assortment of books under that description would be have to do with astrology, tarot, numerology and magic. These days those topics have their own aisles in book store chains.
Erik Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.”
Which kind of lends my thinking to Knights Templar and all that recent esoteric stuff with DaVinci Code and Illuminati and Masonic conspiracy theories and such.
Since there are a few approaches to interpreting the Xe corporate symbol I will give them all to you and you can judge if I am near the money in my opinion and or analysis.
Xe is the letter “X” with an “e” imbedded in it.
An X is also a form of the cross. St. Andrew’s cross is such a form of X. St. Andrews Cross is the symbol of Scotland where the legendary Knights Templar were supposed to have evolved, after going underground, into the Masons of modern day recognition.
Perhaps Mr. Prince is of Scottish ancestry. I cannot establish that fact on any biographical material available to me.
Saint Andrew’s cross is of course a Christian symbol in that St. Andrew requested to be crucified on an “X” shaped cross because he, like St. Peter felt unworthy in die in exact fashion like Jesus. Like your executioners are going to listen to a prisoner’s silly request and do extra work on the execution device? Whatever.
I think the X in Xe is a symbol of a cross.
Xe is the chemical symbol Xenon, atomic number 54. In numerology 54 breaks down into 5 + 4 = 9. Jesus died on the ninth hour as any really good Christian would be able to tell you.
If you look at the Xe symbol above, the two elements of the cross are different. One part is straight and rigid. The other part is fluid or wavy. This other part could be a sword blade without a guard or handle.
The “e” in the base of the rigid part of the Blackwater Crusader’s cross perhaps stands for Erik.
Erik – “e”- standing at the foot of a modern day Crusader Cross? How very Mel Gibson-ish, more catholic than the pope-ish.
Of course, Mr. Prince is supposed to be severing all ties with his former businesses and holy bloodshed. He perhaps continues to serve under the motto of Constantine with his grafted together Mithra/Jesus, military/secular god - a motto often associated with crusades and crusaders – “In Hoc Signo Vinces” – “With this sign you shall conquer”.
One can only hope that in an ever diminishing world with the merging of cultures and religions into the future global culture, that sophomoric symbols of toy soldiers made into holy war is near the end of such things, or the old white christian order of things. That the Roman/British/America Empire model is perhaps part of the dying old world order.
In place of that old world order is the evolving global multi-racial, multi-cultural new world order of things.