There was a movie back in 1985 called Lifeforce. A hokey sci-fi/horror film with bad effects and worse acting (though it did have some now A-list actors in it). The film centered around an alien ship that was found and in this ship were three entities that took on the form of humans but were, in reality, energy vampires. These suckers would quite literally take your own life energy from you if you got too close, leaving you a zombie-fied husk of a person.
Thing is, like any good life-sucking entity, it knew how to present itself properly. It’s as Pinhead once noted: “Temptation is illusion.” And illusions drive our human minds right into the hands of all sorts of madness. The matriarch vampire looked like this:
One kiss from this spacebabe and you end up looking like the guy above. A potato left out too long. Ain’t no hydration therapy going to fix you at that point.
Like any sci-fi film, the symbolism was everywhere. Despite the bad effects and worse acting, if you know what you’re looking at, those archetypes and symbols come on like Stone Cold Steve Austin, bald and everything, daring you not to see them running at you full force. And though the motif of this film was the alien doom trope, I can’t help but see it all in a different light, in lieu of the world we live in now, our Machine City.
If I happen to discuss my views on modernity, specifically, our multimedia-fed existence, with John or Jane Q. Public, inevitably I end up hearing something to the effect of, “Well, if it weren’t for Facebook, I wouldn’t have reconnected with an old friend,” or, “I am thankful for the internet because I get to talk to my relative across the country.” I also hear about how our technology has enabled us to be alerted to world events in real time, so that we have time to react. Well, yes. Even on a level with far less depth, I concur with the usefulness of so much of our modern tech. I love movies, and thanks to our tech, I can find any damned thing I want to watch at just about any time. There are times when I’ve seen a movie a month before 95% of the people I know.
But Evil is no fool when it comes to getting the job done. If Satan popped up into my room in the commonly referenced form, being all red with horns, hoofs, and a tail, my first moment would be prayer, and my second would be .38 hollow points to the bastard’s head. Even if I didn’t manage to kill him, I still win, he still loses, because the only reason he’s gonna show up is my soul. This clay form is of little use to him, other than a vessel, and he’s gotta be kidding me if he thinks I’m letting him in looking like Tim Curry from Legend. The Sword of Damocles is hanging over my head
And I’ve got the feeling someone’s gonna be cutting the thread, as it were.
No, Evil is not so stupid. Not by a long shot. What Evil counts on is our stupidity; our lusts for the things we desire and think we need. And I am a firm believer that the Powers that Be have always known this, and have always used this to their advantage when it comes to manipulating us, the masses, into becoming the slaves they desire us to be, which we seem to do without reservation, save for a few.
Some months ago, I was discussing the occult nature of super heroes with a friend. He asked me what was wrong with watching a super hero movie, and I replied that there is nothing inherently wrong with it at all, and if I were to say otherwise, I would be a hypocrite beyond measure, as I love them. Our modernity has tricked us into thinking in such terms. If one watches an eclipse without protection, they can count their eyes damaged. It isn’t watching the eclipse that is dangerous, in and of itself; it is watching the eclipse without any preparation and protection as to what our eyes will take in, and I see this same correlation when it comes to the media we take into our eyes.
As I said in my previous post, everything we hear and see is a lie within truths couched in lies siphoned from truth spun into sophistry. The goal is the disorder of our mental faculties. Though I would love the idea that we could shut all this madness down (and I would gladly give up my love for film here) and return to quieter, community-based living, it is far too late for that, and we must play the game with the hands we’ve dealt ourselves. There is no escape, there is only inoculation, which comes from knowing what our tech world is trying to reprogram us into becoming. And the only way to know that is to observe, to pay attention, and to be willing to step back for a moment of pause, and, again, as I said previously, to consider that, perhaps, just perhaps, ‘they’ (the Powers that Be who want us as slaves) are some really evil sons of bitches.
Stepping back mentally (and spiritually) puts some distance between us and the lies being programmed into us. And there’s not one damn thing that Evil can do to stop us from achieving this distance, if we are inclined to be strong enough to put aside for a moment our addiction to instant gratification. God allows Evil to work its dark magic on this world for now, but like an M18 Claymore mine has ‘front toward enemy’ stamped on it, God’s Law has decreed that Evil has no choice but to declare its intentions in plain sight, no matter how much it wants to hide. But, again, Evil counts on our lusts and stupidity in this regard. It’s hoping like hell that we won’t pay attention. And with technology as attractive as ours today, kinda like a hot, life-sucking vampire matriarch, it’s not easy to do that.
But as the Powers that Be continue to push toward total technological domination of humanity, it seems rather apropos to take a moment to pause, take a step back, and observe it all from a safe distance. There is much to be enjoyed. Consider the balanced enjoyment a middle finger to the Evil trying to enslave us all through our eyes, and like myself, try and remember that darkness is Evil’s final intent, but since humans crave light, it certainly isn’t going to use that darkness as its initial tactical move.