Sunday, March 30, 2014

Captain America Declares War on Plato

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Pre-Dystopia. Military-Industry-Complex. Freedom. These are the major subjects this Rotten Tomatoes-imprimatur-ed film tackles. Such a rare occurrence this truly is, a Marvel-film earning such a high stature among commercial films, in one of the world's-if not the premier-major film-criticism-exchange. "Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards" was how the website described the film. It was graded "certified fresh" and got 94% in the Tomatometer

Plato's Idealism, with strong emphasis placed on the sacrifice of individuals for the "greater good" and the limitation of freedom to attain the former, is poignant. Nietzsche would have been delighted to see such a forewarning film. The film does its ideas justice, the triumph of freedom over tyranny. To oppose, even if by violent means if necessary to protect "our" freedom. The mostly misunderstood and misinterpreted Ayn Rand once wrote "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." 

The film gave me much comfort in being reminded of a fact that I know but which I don't feel, that out there, there are actually plenty of  individuals who are concerned-just like moi-with the threats of collectivism, and the continuing slowly-but-surely abrogation of our freedoms. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, possess an unbelievable foresight, and the Russo brothers are to whom the credit of building such a cinematically beautiful film belongs. 

The cautionary tale of this story reminds me of the film I also watched recently, Divergent. Even if it wasted the fantastic plot it could have story-told on an exceptionally misguided execution, Theo James (his hotness) and the author of the book upon which the film is based on were the only positive elements in that film. But nevertheless, a line stood out from Kate Winslet's character, "human nature is evil." 

Herein lies her sinister worldview and falsity already. What she actually meant was people are naturally inclined to do evil things. It's incorrect, because there is not such things as a static definition of human nature. Free-will is constant. There is no such thing as "human nature" as Rand wrote “Man is born tabula rasa.” Kate-in-character's principle guarantees demagogic totalitarian subordination, while Rand's (following the tradition of Aristotle, and his followers throughout history) guarantees freedom. 

Sigmund Freud once opined in Civilization and Its Discontents “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” I think we better start being more responsible or else, our ability to be whomever, to do and to think whatever will be jeopardized. All things done for the "greater good" in history was a function of decline, destruction, or utter darkness. It's time we emancipate ourselves from this statist, collectivist, volk-ist trends we seem to be moving towards. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Very Mean Meme

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"Skepticism is not irrefutable, but obviously nonsensical, when it tries to raise doubts where no questions can be asked. For doubt can exist only where a question exists, a question only where an answer exists, and an answer only where something can be said." 
                                                  -From Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Juxtaposing these two amazing pioneering women and harshly putting them into two boxes representing two separate extremes simply won't be in harmony with my view, or with the facts of history. Both of them had to do, what they thought they had to, to create who they are today-as we perceive them, then and now. The way this meme portrays Marilyn isn't only misleading, it's completely false. What one easily forgets is that this Strassberg-trained "dumb blonde" was that good at acting, enough so that she could create an entirely new persona, er go make us believe that she is that fictitious creation. This article is also unfair to Audrey, she is limned as a woman who didn't live. Who didn't have struggles. She is a shiny material, not a human being. Who they are and what they did are entirely different from their outputs.

It is obvious to anyone aware of Audrey's and Marilyn's biography, that there is an intent to simplify a complex set of facts. What is left out? Go to YouTube or Read their biographies. For you to understand. Contradictory, generalizing, and superficial are the perfect adjectives to describe the monster who made this meme. 

I have always admired these two women, not just for their courage but more importantly for their originality. I'm not gonna lie, I'm embarrassed to admit, a long time ago I too once thought of Marilyn in that way, but after watching her Bio and also of Audrey's (in YouTube and on TV) I was astonished. I hope that one day, people stop lazily pitting these two, instead resist temptation to embrace -blindly- their personas, and dig deeper into who they really were. Finally, to learn from the harrowing experiences both of them had to endure.

Who would be so narrow as to commit such obvious misrepresentation of facts? (I mean this info are all google-able) A zeitgeist archetype of this is the idealist-totalitarian-freakozoid. It's primary concern is to destroy people who manage to uphold their values, in spite of what that other persona might have gone through, to get to where he or she is now. This hateful and envious subspecies existing among us find every opportunity to reduce everyone to their invaluable lives, their decadence. Their envy reveals how much they hate people with self-made values, people who are individuals, and not herd followers.