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Sounds good!

But I'd say, unless you're already driving towards some particular answer that you've already found, a movie may not be the best vehicle for what I think you have in mind. If you're good with showing a final epiphany involving Jesus, or Mohammad, or the refulgent GIHF so familiar to people around these parts, or perhaps an outright sorry-no-one's-at-home-go-lead-your-life-as-best-you-can moment, then a movie's just fine. But that's too definitive, and definitive is probably not what you're really going for, unless I'm mistaken?

May I suggest a TV series instead? You can do much of what you do here in your blog, then, except jazzed up and dramatized. Deal with a different line of enquiry every episode, and wind it down at the end, to look at a fresh line of enquiry in the next episode. I know I'd love to tune in to something like that myself.

Sufi Verses

Kis bey nishan ka nishan hoon mein
Tujhe kya khabar kahan hoon mein

[Man is reflection of the divine.
But he doesn't know where divine resides]

Mujhe la makaani mein dhoond kar
Tujhe kya milega aey bekhabar

[By searching the divine in formless essence
What you'd get , O inquisitive man ]

Hi Brian

The great magician Randi has had a similar offer for decades. Anything supernatural.

Your movie would need to have the best arguments for Faith and Atheism boiled down to be a true allegory.

The obvious third act begins where our protagonist, forever wedded to scientific truth over psychological truth, is both smug and somewhat dispondent that nothing new has come to light.....

And then... A scientist reminds him of evidence of things yet unexplained, like particles that change exactly as they are pushed, but before they are! Experiments under the tightest control that somehow lean towards the scientists ' hope. Or the common fact that all this solid matter is filled with empty space, in which nearly countless alternate universes could co exist, though undetected.

The film would end in a mystery that confounds both Atheist and Spiritualist.

The spiritualist admits reluctantly that there is no transferable physical proof.

And the Atheist scientist admits reluctantly that there are known things in this creation that defy logical explanation, where rules must be invented out of imagination as acceptable answers and without proof.

It ends in the awe of possibility, and the hope of our own discovery.

What about science fiction...

Some time in the future we will discover that our world is a prime time entertainment series for some very technically advanced interplanetary species.

When we are conceived our brains are downloaded with many different types of programming so that we will spend our time arguing and fighting over religions and going to war with each other. Added to the mix things like different colour skins, body shapes, languages, and especially made two sexes, male and female, now that really makes things interesting.

I wonder if we will eventually discover that although we seem to be real but basically we are just clones, created for the amusement of those who created us.


I think the most engaging narrative would be Victor's
own struggle with finding the truth. Possible scenes
could include those depicting his fears, disappointments,
frustations despite wealth and renewed hope of answers.

All this would intersect with discussions with philosophers,
scientists, religious fanatics, hustlers. At least one funny
scene of a charlatan's failed argument imploding comes
to mind. Victor might find moments of humor that parallel
his own efforts.

Dramatically, I think the most powerful denouement would
be a moment of self discovery or sudden insight. For example, a bit corny (or maybe more) but a final scene could begin as he reads a passage from T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all
our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know
the place for the first time.

He falls asleep and has a dream:

DREAM SEQUENCE:
He walks to an oasis. He slows and stops. The path beneath
him has faded. Beginning and end melt into each other. He
can't remember what he was looking for. A friend slips up
unnoticed beside him. No words. The journey feels done.
END DREAM SEQUENCE

** FADE OUT


I think the most engaging narrative would be Victor's
own struggle with finding the truth. Possible scenes
could include those depicting his fears, disappointments,
frustations despite wealth and renewed hope of answers.

All this would intersect with discussions with philosophers,
scientists, religious fanatics, hustlers. At least one funny
scene of a charlatan's failed argument imploding comes
to mind. Victor might find moments of humor that parallel
his own efforts.

Dramatically, I think the most powerful denouement would
be a moment of self discovery or sudden insight. For example, a bit corny (or maybe more) but a final scene could begin as he reads a passage from T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all
our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know
the place for the first time.

He falls asleep and has a dream:

DREAM SEQUENCE:
He walks to an oasis. He slows and stops. The path beneath
him has faded. Beginning and end melt into each other. He
can't remember what he was looking for. A friend slips up
unnoticed beside him. No words. The journey feels done.
END DREAM SEQUENCE

** FADE OUT

Well Brian, the third act doesn't end in any of the ways Victor hoped for or even imagine. Purely through his own ponderings he begins to realise that he is his own problem; he begins to realise who or rather what he is. By watching his mind it gradually dawns dawns on him that what he assumed to be himself is merely an bundle of experiences and impression that has accumulated in his brain/body since birth. He realises that this bundle of information is what he thinks of as his 'self'. This shatters his pre-conceived beliefs of who he thought he was along with any meaning or purpose.

At first he is thrown into despair, he still casts the occassional glance into something he has read or seen half-hoping for some sort of revelation. One spring day he is out walking in the countryside where he is simply watching what is going on around him – wind moving the leaves; flowers growing under the warming sun; mayflies mating and dying; clouds scudding across the sky and beyond the clouds clear blue sky and infinite space. He gasps, “This is it, this is what is, all this happening right now and I am a part of all this!”

He sat down accuteley aware of watching his mind, his thinking trying to analyse all this. He felt the separation arising between him and what he had just witnessed. Then, as though a huge weight was lifted from him, he saw how his thinking, how his mind in its scramble to be safe and secure had invested a peculularly human meaning and purpose to all around him and to the whole universe - and to himself.

From then on he knew. “There is no answer because there is in reality no question. The question only arises due to an aberation of our evolved survival system that safeguards us from physical harm and death that then feels it has to protect this constructed 'self', this'me'. My thinking has created a mental problem that does not exist in reality. There are no ultimate answers because the questions are inventions of a fearful, insecure mind. There is no separate entity called 'me'; there is only ever this and I am part – no, I am that”.

End of story? No, the story goes on – without 'Me'..

Turan, I like your scenario. Nicely creative.

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