A Metaphysical Background
In a world where the objects of Human mentality possess an ontological existence - a sort of "sink" vis-à-vis the "source" of the atoms which make up
our bodies, and the energy we take in to keep ourselves going - ideas and symbols are liable to take on paramount importance.
The dynamic of the Human being is essentially this: impersonal "matter" self-organizing over billions of years to produce a creature which dissipates
real physical energy towards a wholly spiritual end: the "beliefs" which secure them their vitality.
If you've followed my work and see appreciate my efforts, you've probably heard this before: symmetry underlies all self-organizing structure, from
quarks, to atoms, to molecules, to cells, to human beings connecting, so that each "extension" of the structure builds upon the pre-existing
structure. Each progression is complementary, hence, symmetrical: quarks need to be connected in particular triplets to produce a proton, and likewise
a neutron. A nucleus needs both a proton and a neutron to be a nucleus; an atom needs a nucleus and circulating electrons to be an atom.
Human beings need the faces, voices and emotional security that comes with connecting with other human beings. This is the ontology of existence:
Human beings emerged through the evolutionary emergence of a love-instinct that drew the organism into a motivational need to secure the others
positive attention, yet at the same time experience its relation to the other from the perspective of an individual perspective.
Evolution - the emergence of humans - originally brought us to the so-called "omega point": where the reality of self and its own phenomenology of
experience is understood to be ontologically "after" the inter-subjective porousness that pervades human minds. Said differently, the analogic nature
of self and human awareness - we all experience a different version of the same thing - operated like a cascade mechanism, whereby one self that is
recognized experiences an enlivenment and a subsequent desire for connection, and so on. Shame - or the effect of not being recognized - sits as a
confusion state which foments the emergence of negative feelings associated with particular people. Shame is a control parameter. Humans need to know
it non-conceptually to tame its force - hence the term "name it to tame it".
The forests created a different human because we are a creature of space-time. Seeing people's facial reactions and not having anyplace to hide from
their reflexive judgements, acts as a negative reinforcement of perceptual experience. Such negative affects i.e. guilt for shaming someone else, for
instance, would arise because the close interpersonal living would sensitize the nervous system to the other parties perceptual states. Attention,
then, would become "trained" to be good i.e. to be conscientious of the effects of certain expressed feelings towards others.
Different World Today
I sometimes wonder: if Rupert Sheldrakes theory of "morphic resonance" ends up being a legitimate idea about the 'teleodynamism" of an organisms
inclined development, then contemporary anthropological efforts to understand "ancient man" may be unable to disentangle the psychodynamic effects of
close to 10,000 years of patriarchy, on the functionality of all human beings - this being an implication of morphic resonance: that creatures of a
particular type remain "quantumly connected" regardless of locality.
This being the case, today's aborigines may not be a completely authentic "window' into the past as is commonly assumed. A narrative-mythological
consciousness may, as Merlin Donald has supposed, be ontologically prior to a theoretical-observer orientation characterized by an open-hearted
scientific methodology, what Donald calls "theoretical consciousness".
As a movie, Split is pretty entertaining. James Macavoy's performance is eerie in its goodness.
That said, morally speaking - and since every human interaction is a functionally-entraining one - this movie is horrific in its view of reality,
despite the heroic - but ultimately failing efforts - of the main character's psychotherapist, Shymalan has the "Beast" winning, ruled by the
trickster archetype "Hedwig", maturely acknowledged to be the aspect of a traumatized persons inner-identity which motivates the formation of
defenses: Dennis, the sadistic-psychopath part, and Patricia, the intellectual/thoughtful part, itself an internalization of his relationship with
Shymalan does a very interesting job establishing a dynamical connection between the therapist, Kevin (James Macavoy's characters name) and her
inability to recognize the significance of a seemingly innocent interaction that Kevin had: seeing a group of teenage girls dare one of their members
to flash their breasts. In hindsight, and following the psychodynamic trail of Kevin's history, the therapist failed to recognize how an act like that
would activate both the sexually victimized part of Kevin (traumatized, hurt i.e. Hedwig, the child/trickster) as well as the sexually
sadistic/aggressive part - Dennis.
Indeed, there's an internal regulation going on: Patricia, a female alter of Kevin, tells the girls that Kevin has just kidnapped that Dennis will not
touch you. The internalized therapist (Patricia) regulates the sexually sadistic Dennis (his own historical abuser). It's all very interesting and
very intelligently done: it deserves its high IMDB rating.
Yet, one must very well wonder: why are Dennis and Patricia aligned? This is left unexplained, yet this is precisely where Shyamalan's interest goes:
this is the internalization of Kevin's psychotherapists interest in the "paranormal" dimensions of dissociative identity disorder i.e. states where a
"unfettered belief" can actually and in fact modify a persons cholesterol levels, insulin levels, and other biochemical factors. Kevin had been
reading into it, and being excited by his own therapists belief into the reality of this process, began to investigate paranormal subjects himself
(this is all to be inferred).
Book cases align his strange apartment - deep in the basement of a zoo. Dennis - the sadistic part, and Patricia, the intellectually curious part -
unite in the discovery of "the beast". Now were going into the heart of west occultism and its infatuation with evil and darkness. At all times,
trauma is the motivator here: Kevin is hurt, and with a still "split" internal organization, is unstable and vulnerable to seeing the world in very
dark ways. The desire/satisfaction towards a satanic and luciferian orientation is a function of the hurt part (Hedwig) motivating the presence of
Dennis, with the imprimatur of Patricia, to explore these dark arts.
Kevin's therapist has counted 23 "parts" to Kevin's dissociative identity states. The Beast, kevin believes, is his 24th. This beast appears to be,
from my own consideration of occultic "forces", to be the quality of "entropy" personified. This is the only plausible explanation that spans and
connects the physical with the mental and spiritual. There is only one reality: not two, and the emergence of metaphor is nothing more than the
emergent property of coordinating physical dynamics into "mentality".
edit on 7-6-2017 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)