Luc Besson’s movie Lucy with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in a brain blowing blockbuster that fictionally reveals the purpose of life.
The 25-year-old heroine, Lucy, laced with CPH4 a drug is thrust into a super powerful trip during which her brain is endowed with 100% of its capacities. In a 3.2 million year flashback, Lucy meets and touches fingers with Lucy, the oldest known specimen of the human race. This skeleton, discovered by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray in Ethiopia in 1974, was named after the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’ The song has to do with LSD, the first letters of the nouns, render LSD, and are probably not coincidental as discussed by Paul McCartney in a 2004 interview.
Much could be said about the predictions of drugs to enhance the brain experience. Such is one of the pillars of this film.
In the movie, Lucy’s brain accumulates 100% of its capacity, allowing it to gather 100% of knowledge… all the way back to Big Bang
And, according to the movie, the purpose of life is to pass on knowledge.
This passage of knowledge is pictured by Lucy transforming into a supercomputer. ALL the accumulated knowledge from Lucy’s day to ‘Lucy’ our first ancestor with whom she touches fingers (reminds me of Michelangelo’s man and God) and beyond as her brain races back to the Big Bang, all that knowledge is passed on in the USB handed to Professor Norman.
Lucy personifies this pervasive knowledge summed up by an SMS,
‘I am everywhere’
with her final words:
‘Life was given to us a billion years ago and now you know what to do with it.’
I’d sum up the philosophy of the movie as such:
Knowledge is omnipresent, discover it and pass it on.
A fast moving, exciting story.
The fundamental question behind The Explanation Series is: How would you bring peace and prosperity to Earth? When I discuss this with my entourage, the most common answer I receive, other than ‘that’s a good question’ is: education, proper education, teach the next generation about these subjects.
In my mind, education, which contains ‘knowledge’ is certainly part of the answer, but that is only a small part of it, and opens itself up to all sorts of questions that remain unanswered.
- What knowledge? Science, Philosophy, Religion, Experience.
- This is conflicting knowledge. Can peace and prosperity come from conflicting knowledge?
- Which knowledge should be taught?
- Who is competent to choose which knowledge is correct?
- How do you teach this knowledge?
- What if someone isn’t interested or doesn’t want this knowledge?
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Science, Philosophy, Experience NOT Religion
Interesting point of view. I am using the term ‘Religion’ in a generic way. If I detailed it I’d add items like: non-physical, beyond-sensorial… we could include anything to do with ‘god’ or ‘God’ like sacred writings or inspired revelation.
Eighty percent of the world’s population believes there’s ‘something out there.’ Granted, it’s total confusion but it is an aspect of knowledge that we can’t sweep under the carpet.
Knowledge is experiential. Religion is based on beliefs. Beliefs are imagination, theory, potentiality. Belief is not knowledge until it is experienced. Many religious people express their beliefs as truth and that they “know it to be true”. This is purely brainwashing as we are not born with religious beliefs; they are “passed” on from others. That’s not to get into the fear and controlling aspects of many belief systems. Thus I would say peace and positive growth only occurs when we pass along experiential knowledge. It is what it is.
Robert, thank you for your reflexion and opinion on this extremely interesting and fundamental point that, dare I say, traumatizes and shoves a wedge between opposing factors. It’s a vast subject impossible to broach in a comment. I have, however, written a post covering certain aspects of these questions. Please read it … it will be continued.
Life was given to us billion years ago now you know what to do with it I believe it means to give life in other words reproduce. Knowledge is always going to be passed on.
On the time scale of Earth, human life has only been around in the ‘thousands’ of years. Before that very little knowledge was passed on … at least we have very little of that knowledge today. Only humans really ‘create’ and ‘pass on’ knowledge. And even then it depends on the environment. For instance, we still have no idea how the pyramids in Egypt and other locations were built and there are many other areas, in the historical development of mankind where we lack insight.
Yes, mankind can ‘research and investigate’ to find passed and present knowledge. We just have to make sure we come to the right conclusion when we analyze the information.