The film industry is a big part of our lives. It’s easy to see why. Films are powerful. They have the potential to entertain as well as teach. Sometimes they render life with precision and other times life is distorted. What’s interesting about the film Limitless is that to many it appears to distort reality, but I don’t see distortion, I see a metaphor disguised with sleight of hand.There are distortions, but the heart of the story, the pill, is a substitute for something we already have in the world. Can you guess what that is?
If you don’t know what the film is about Click here to open a pop up of the trailer.
Films Plant Ideas Into Our Minds
Films demand our full concentration. We Watch. We listen. We ask no questions. For anything up to three hours we pay for a film director to guide our thoughts with the use of loud sounds and flashing images. It is my opinion that films are used to weave ideas into the fabric of our minds. We absorb ideas we are exposed to constantly and they eventually become part of us. We only have to look at personality development to verify.
This Diagram was taken from Psychology by David G. Myers
The diagram clearly illustrates that a movie is an ideal environment for psychological influence.
Why Limitless is Limiting
It’s believed by scientist that we are only able to use ten percent of our brains. In this film we’re taken through a story of a man able to access the other ninety per cent by taking a pill. He learns faster, makes a lot money, thinks faster and he even becomes more popular. The idea of accessing the rest of our brains, which is supposedly inaccessible, is realised in this film with a pill. The mere fact that this notion is brought to life in a Hollywood movie renders it an escapism.
Society does not encourage us to push our minds into new domains. Generally speaking, the idea of accessing our unlocked potential exists only in entertainment. I believe strongly that the best way to hide a piece of information from a person is to put it up close to their face.
1. Hold your index finger in front of your face.
2. Focus on the tip of your finger
3.Bring your finger towards your face slowly and touch your forehead.
What happened? Your eyes eventually crossed and then the tip of your finger went out of sight despite the fact it was right in front of you face!
The context in which ideas are presented to us makes for all the difference to the direction in which our minds are steered. The idea of unlocking our brains full potential is an idea we are only exposed to in entertainment. It’s right up close to your face but in a conjured world. No wonder i’m constantly criticised for believing I can do as much as I set out to achieve!
I Challenge This Notion!
Lets substitute the pill with EDUCATION. I am certain the constant assimilation of knowledge pushes our minds into new domains. Sure, this film distorts reality, the transition into a super genius is rapid. However, rapid growth is not as farfetched as it may seem.
Here’s a quote from the movie:
“The pill works better when you’re already smart”
I’ve said it here before on this site that the more you learn the easier it gets. I don’t need to be a genius to learn five languages, how to draw or program software. All I need is to constantly engage my mind in mental combat and I will grow to do each and every one of these things.
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Let’s clarify, I understand the film is a distortion of reality in many ways, but that’s no excuse to ignore the blatant metaphor!
I wholeheartedly believe in the sentiment that films dumb us down! I hope I’ve given you some things to think about. Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Thanks for reading 🙂