Friday, July 24, 2015

Inside-Out, Buddhism and Freud, and Accepting the Imperfection of Life as not only Necessary but for the Best



I just saw Inside Out.  A very good film.  I know I should write a more thorough analysis but what the film really seems to have for substance is two things:
The impermanence of all things and how realizing moments that brought us joy are forever gone brings us sadness – essentially Buddhist in nature.  And that sadness is necessary and healthy because it makes us more deep people capable of higher forms of happiness, both phenomenogically and causally through living better lives (both ourselves and others) through reflection so we live better, more fruitful lives and through wisdom realize that most suffer far-more than us and we have a moral imperative to help them – not just make sure we’re constantly happy.  Another Buddhist notion as well as one in various virtue ethics.
And this meaningful appreciation and value of imperfection would never be possible if the Christians had their way in their fictitious fable and Adam and Eve refused the Tree of Knowledge and Mortality.  That’s one reason why Christians on average are less complex beings and more attracted to simple-minded reason and simple sentimentalism that most perceive as corny and nauseating – and maybe that’s why their music sucks who knows.  Or to reference a well-known philosopher, this psychological shallowness and lack of intellectual depth is perhaps why they’re attracted to the “Slave Morality” of viewing things in-regards to good and evil and evaluating things according to their “code” (e.g. religion, politics, etc) and how it makes them feel rather than its validity either in-regards to a things truth or utility.
In the end sadness and even the horrific pains of this imperfect world is needed because without it we could never need to create the things in this life that would make us more happy, healthy and fulfilled than one could ever be in some simplistic “paradise.”  Paradoxically enough we benefit from living in a Universe apathetic to our concerns with no desire or want of our benefit.  To express a Freudian notion (that to some extent the film does as well), we become who we are by being carved out, by receiving guidance, love and support, but also by receiving the unpleasant and unsatisfactory elements of existence that make us distinctly individual.  By causing us to “become” our nature (though our inner nature is either reduced, enhanced or contorted by social pressures and material variables obviously), to be a person who’ll become another willing member of the status-quo, going to Church, living a bourgeois life and trying to live a life without pain; or someone who rejects the fairy-tales of Capitalism and Christianity, as empirically untrue, immoral and most of all psychologically undesirable (we wouldn’t wish them to be true) and instead realizes the greatest joys for ourselves and for all the human race involve pain, sober-mindedness and sacrifice.  Rather than deluding one’s self into both believing the untrue and remaining in an immature, prepubescent and actually detrimental stage of life remaining forever on Goofball Island – though having the rage and psychological complexes of a Fox News viewer thrown in.

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