“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hereafter. A movie directed by Clint Eastwood, featuring great actors/actresses like Matt Damon and Cécile de France.
This movie bombed out on all ratings (46% on Rotten Tomatoes); the NY Daily News said that “Damon may see dead career …” religious critics crucified the film–and of course … it touches on a touchy topic called life after death.
All the signs of my kind of movie 🙂
(I giggle in delight. Well, my inner child does).
I won’t go much into detail about the plot. Except for the fact it is an exploration of man’s consistent exploration of life after death. Whether life exists after death or not is besides the point.
What’s striking about this movie is its ability to expand the human mind by entertaining the possibility. And the ramifications on a human being’s life when they are living with an awareness that most others have yet to consciously entertain.
For example, if there is life after death–how would you relate to your life today, knowing there might be more than meets the 5 senses?
How would your relationship with the dead change? How would your relationship with suicide change?
I don’t know the answer of course. Only you do. That’s part of the gift called exploration (you can peruse a thought exercise I created here to get started).
But I do entertain the possibility. After all, logic helps me arrive at a paradox–if I am supposed to die one day (and that’s it), can I ever confirm I am dead? I know others can–they can check my pulse and my breathing (or lack-of).
But if I could check my pulse and confirm that it stopped, wouldn’t that mean a part of me is alive in some shape or form?
I guess I never know for sure.
There is a possibility that a part of me dies equally that a part of me lives.
(P.S. Watch the movie!)
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