It's easier to shout 'Revolution' or 'Power to the People' than it is to look at yourself and try and find out what's real and what isn't, when you try pull the wool over your own eyes and your own hypocrisy.
I have been really investigating my own essence a lot lately, which sounds bloody kinky I know, but I assure you that it isn't. By essence I mean, who I am at the root of it all. Who I am when no-one is around, who I am when I don't have to be a certain way or fill a certain role, who I actually am when everything is stripped back to the basics. Just me, without my belongings, my friends, my family, my external pretenses, just me and only me, me alone. And it has been one of the strangest and most interesting ponderings that I have engaged in, and it has really made me address my own ethics, values and personal goals.
Lying to ourselves is so easy, we do it all the time. We create excuses, manufacture obligations, revel in distraction and allow ourselves to engage in the drama of others; all so that we can lie to ourselves, hide from our fears and avoid our true nature. Generally speaking, addressing ourselves face on is a pretty scary prospect, but it is inevitable that at some point in everyone's life that they will have to address themselves and consider their place in this world, whether they want to or not.
And honestly, everyone probably should. A life spent without any contemplation, reflection or introspection sounds like a pretty crummy life to me, and a rather underdeveloped one as well. If you don't stop to self assess and have a look at yourself once and awhile, well sorry but, you might just be an asshole. Anyone that travels through their entire life without ever pondering themselves, stepping back from their everyday existence and questioning their own motives doesn't sound like someone that I would like to spend time with.
Anyone who is interested in learning the whole truth about themselves (which the Buddhists call dharma) is a warrior, because facing who you really are at the core of your being takes guts and bravery. Unless you are the enlightened one him or herself, then you are probably going to come up against some shit that you don't necessarily like about yourself. It could be stuff that was programmed into you from an early age, it could be something that you'd said or done that was unkind, it could be a belief about something or someone that you have allowed to cloud your better judgement or could be a habit or opinion that you have formed that no longer serves who you are.
You may feel guilty, bad, ashamed or even terrible about yourself when you start to explore and look at yourself deeper, and you may not like what you find, and that's okay too because it is signpost that you know a better way of being and that you have the power to change your direction. The important thing to do with those feelings is not to linger on them, but to use them to arm yourself with better tools and strategies. By doing this you are teaching yourself to be proactive not reactive to the world around you, and you are cultivating a more stoic and real approach to life. You are training yourself to live without regret and shame, because you know that you are in control of making your own better choices.
It requires fearlessness and willingness, but it is a worthwhile undertaking to attend to from time to time to help you to grow into the best version of yourself. To face yourself you need to be still and quiet and above all else honest. Acknowledge where you've been, recognise where you are and cultivate a pathway ahead that brings you closer to who you want to be.
I'm not gonna lie to you, it's frickin hard work, but any work of the self always is. Most of us are more than willing to roll up our sleeves to pitch in and help others, but even more willingly to neglect the work of the self. I tell you with all honesty, the work of the self is where the real growth occurs, so take the wool from your eyes, stop being distracted and spend a little time getting to know yourself on a deeper level because a better you is just around the corner.
Release Date: 2019
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 116 mins
A modern horror/ thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele that explores the possibility of everyone having an evil doppelganger. This film starts out like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, plays out like Funny Games and ends like Primal Fear; in other words this film jumps around a shitload and has more plot holes in it than a slice of swiss cheese, but what can I say? I still enjoyed it and was genuinely intrigued to see if my prediction of the ending at around 50 minutes in was correct, and yes it was!
Ever since her traumatic childhood experience at Santa Cruz beach, Adelaide Thomas (Lupita Nyong'o) has always felt like someone was 'closing in' on her. Years later when her husband organises a family trip to Santa Cruz, Adelaide has to come to terms with her childhood trauma and finally confront her fears head on.
Although there are some real strengths to this movie, especially the brilliant cast, I was overall a little underwhelmed by the way that storyline played out. It is almost like there were too many ideas at play here and I really felt like the story needed to be scaled back in order to be executed properly.
Don't get me wrong, those scissor toting doppelgangers are creepy as hell and there are some excellent ideas at play here, just don't expect the same wow factor that you got from Peele's last script Get Out, because this is not the same calibre as his first body of work.
FINAL SAY: Who are you people?
3 Chilli Peppers