Tip o’ the Week #42 - Avatar
This week, Karin and I went to see the latest 3D sensation, Avatar. The reviews have been wildly mixed. Both my children raved about it and told me, “Dad, you gotta see it!” While here in England, Philip French in the December 20 issue of “The Observer” writes, “Avatar is overlong, dramatically two-dimensional, smug and simplistic.”
Yes, on one level, it does have all the blow ‘em up power of a Grade B Sci-Fi flick, but on another, I felt that it was an allegory for us today and where we could well be headed. In my last Tip (#41 - Geomantic Thoughts), I wrote of the Kogi People of Columbia’s concern about our desecration of sacred sites. Avatar carries this to the next logical step, when we have completely raped of our planet to the point where we had used up all of our resources, and it was the end of life as we know it here on Earth. (Does this begin to ring bells of Copenhagen and 2012?)
In the movie, remnants of the human race had gone from Earth to the planet Pandora to take over its resources. Jake Sully, a US Marine who had lost both of his legs in some military action on Earth volunteered to become an Avatar. He went to sleep and became a different life form, a Na’vi” and it changed his consciousness. Like the American Indians, the Africans or other indigenous people, the peace-loving Na’vi resisted this incursion of the Earthlings.
Photo of Jake and Neytiri, daughter of the Na'vi chieftain
One dictionary definition of the word ‘Avatar’ is, “In computing, a movable icon representing a person in cyberspace or virtual reality graphics.” The icon becomes real. Pandora became real for Jake; more real that the Earth he had left behind.
As the movie rolled on, more and more I was drawn back to today. Is this how we will be acting a hundred years from now when the last drop of oil, coal and air are exhausted? Will our philosophy be as we move out in to space, (to balderise Pete Seeger), “This land is my land, this land is my land, get off of my land, go find your own land?”
IMHO, Jake Sully goes through the process that all of us will need to go through when the reality of 2012 hits us. Back when I first came to Glastonbury, the alternative community was talking about the coming New Age. Now, in a reversal of that, many others who never bought in to the concept of the New Age, and who are now looking into the future (for perhaps the first time in their lives) and hear about 2012, see Armageddon.
So in the movie, the metaphor of going to sleep and waking up - dare I say being born again? - into a new consciousness is the way I believe that all of us will need to transform and be ready for what is coming.
Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman put it well in the latest issue of Cygnus Review, “We are now between ‘two worlds,’ the caterpillar world where our future is limited by our creepy-crawley past, and the butterfly world where humanity can soar to reach its highest potential. However, transformation of humanity is not inevitable, It requires our participation. We have the choice to live in and reinforce the limitations imposed by fear and past programming. Or we can attune ourselves to the new signals of love and live that instead.” *
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*Cygnus Review, Freepost SS1193, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA19 9ZZ. Issue 1, 2010,p. 8. “Our Positive Future” by Bruce Lipton & Steve Bhaerman.