‘BIRD BOX’: Christianity, The Great Awakening 2.0, Transhumanism, and the Neo-Feudal Order
‘BIRD BOX’: Christianity, The Great Awakening 2.0, Transhumanism, and the Neo-Feudal Order from The Burning Platform
NOTE TO READERS (from Doug / Uncola): This piece was NOT written by me, but is a response to my earlier “Bird Box” article. The following essay was e-mailed to me by Plato Publius, a regular commenter here on The Burning Platform. Other than cursory proof-reading adjustments for punctuation and formatting Plato’s selected headings, photos, and links, this article is posted on behalf of Plato Publius and at his request:
Guest Post by Plato Publius
I find it intriguing that my observations of “Bird Box” mirrored Uncola’s, particularly his description here:
In spite of its viral buzz during the final days of the year, as we watched ‘Bird Box’, we were mostly underwhelmed, except for the ‘B-movie’ satisfaction of our ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)’commentary as the scenes unfurled.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!
FAITH, LOVE, HOPE
Uncola’s analysis of the “faith” and “courage” aspects of the film were amazing and VERY true, but didn’t go far enough.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)
It is the internal battle between our inherent “animal” survival instincts and what comprises our existential humanity. “Hope” is the result of this struggle between the natural world and our conscious selves. The film demonstrated that endless battle when Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, stopped Trevante Rhodes character, Tom from finishing his story of “Hope” to Boy and Girl before leaving on their dangerous trip down the river.
Later in the film, Bullock’s character finished Tom’s story to the children after she relearned what she had forgotten about the importance of HOPE with respect to our overall human condition and survival. Malorie (Bullock) attempted to protect herself from potential future loss by not naming the children, but realized that life without Hope would be sorely lacking Love and affection. It would be brutish, animalistic. In the end, Malorie put her survival instincts and fears in check which is evident when she named the children and finished Tom’s story.
CHILDISH? LEGO MY EGO
I found the premise of “Bird Box” (i.e. don’t peek , because if you do and see “it”/”them” you’ll want to KILL yourself ASAP), on one-hand, to be childish “If you look above the covers you have pulled over your head while your hiding in bed, then the Boogeyman will getcha!” and on the other, more spiritual hand, curious.
Now, my self-righteous ass is going to quote scripture in this review of a bad B movie!
I’m no saint, that’s for sure …so please don’t misconstrue this as disrespect.., but my Biblical referencing is part of my worldview along with my belief in a God, Angels and Demons (a great book by the way). Some will say it is one form of bias or another that allows for this interpretation and that no one’s perception of reality or worldview is closer to the Truth than the other.
I’m not here to prove who is right or wrong, just to explain my point of view and where I see us headed. My blindfold is off, tinfoil hat is on and I’m wearing some sunglasses I found in a box near a dumpster in an alley. And, no, I haven’t started chewing my bubble gum just yet.
Jesus was very clear on how we should receive His Kingdom.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
– Mark 10:15
I think this warning important enough to remember to combat my initial egoistic evaluations of its childish nature. Ego is inherent in us all. It can be considered a driver like survival instinct as well but something that can be reflected upon, analyzed and to some extent minimized or maximized at various times or situations if we have trained ourselves to be cognizant of its influences.
And yet, another aspect of the film, the actual act of “seeing” these entities or “demons” is too much for the majority of Earth’s population, which leads to depiction after detailed-depiction of people “offing” themselves in the most grotesque and sickening ways. At one point in the film a woman intentionally walks in front of an oncoming bus and, not to be outdone, another woman walks over to a burning car and sits in the driver seat, burning herself alive; all because they merely laid eyes upon these entities.
QUANTUM PHYSICS AND DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS
Stay with me on this momentary detour…Through publically declared breakthroughs in quantum physics (See: CERN, “God” and “ghost” particles) it is scientifically verifiable that there are dimensions interacting with ours that we cannot see with our naked eyes and that CERN is actively attempting to open a doorway to other dimensions.
Sergio Bertolucci, who is Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, once said:
Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it
Even for the atheists amongst us, that should give us pause for thought.
If such beings manifested themselves as depicted in the film, in an apocalyptic, end-of-days scenario, would it be too much for the human mind to take?
From a Biblical perspective, I am familiar with passages like:
who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power.
– 1 Timothy 6:17
But He said, ‘You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live
– Exodus 33:20
These state no one has, or can see God and live. But demons? Fallen ones?
Not to go full blown Frailty -“You’re not a demon…are you, boy?”-demon slayer on you…
But, couldn’t the argument be made that we see demons every day? Shit, at times, in our lives we’ve probably been possessed by demons in some sense; yet we are still here. But I suppose, at times, we do avert and diert our eyes from what we perceive as “evil”, in essence, wearing our own blindfolds to keep our mental comfort bubble. With the proliferation of the internet and social media, averting one’s eyes from “evil” or detrimental stimuli is proving increasingly troublesome.