A Sense of Value

from Blade Runner

How many movies set in the future have we seen where the androids, or the robots, want so much to have the human ability to feel and to have emotions? Meanwhile, humans are constantly stifling their emotions because otherwise they might be overwhelmed by their sensitivity to things. But there is another way, too, where we feel our way into life energetically – not emotionally – but forensically, empathically, in a way that lets us experience what is at play without being biased by our personal view. This expands our connection to the world we live in. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I guess because we’ve watched movies lately about people that make robots, I was having a dream about the robot that had been made to think it was a person, a little boy, but also knows it’s not quite a boy. 

But it’s kind of like trying to move through society freely, without getting captured, because it got away – and figure out who it is. And, in some ways, it starts being more human, but more caring than a human in certain ways, in that he’s trying to make decisions that are the right decision. The robots around him we’re kind of programmed just to survive, and so they have one kind of mandate. But he’s been kind of programmed to be like a person, but in some ways he’s better than the people because he’s just trying to do what’s right. 

And I’m kind of watching him try to sort that out in certain situations, like what is the right thing to do? And how can you kind of rise up and even be better in that decision than most people are, who are either logical or greedy, or just self-centered? He really is trying to do what feels right. 

And I’m kind of watching him go through that decision making, because he’s kind of trying to keep a certain freedom and, at the same time, wonder if he can even exist. So that seems to be the gist of what I was struggling with.

John: So what you’re doing is you’re taking using that movie, in terms of seeing it as something that was teaching the concept, an idea, and principle, that there is a greater capacity in terms of being able to incorporate a level of feeling other than just a level of outer black-and-white perspective. 

And so the movie put in contrast the outer aspects of things, introduced the feeling element that kind of sits in a world in which that can’t be nailed down in a black-and-white context – it’s more of a general greater spaciality that permeates through life as a sense of intertwined value. 

And so you were presented with recognizing that, as a theme, the movie was pointing out that there is so much more if you have this capacity that is able to grow and grow. And then the movie in the end left it with the fact that this capacity, that incorporates a level of connectivity and feeling, can go on and on, even after the limited qualities of a black-and-white reflective identification way of being has run its course. It tweaks something. 

However, the more interesting theme, first of all, maybe there has to be the tweaking of the idea that there is the greater feeling, but then the thing that this movie doesn’t cover is the way that this can integrate the two. Instead, the movie shows that there seems to be a clear separation between the two, with the black-and-white perspective of things getting in the way, or being a problem, or a dilemma, for how it is that we’re really capable and able to feel. It seems to be presenting that as it’s a point of significance. 

However, the purpose of being in a human body, and working with the rhythm of the breath, is to be able to have the best of both – to do both – to be able to take the black-and-white limited mannerisms and bring right through all of that a sense that encompasses everything, in the outer context, through an inner way of being able to sweep everything up inside of oneself.

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