Messenger Shiva Part 1: The Event Itself

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In 2014 a phrase suddenly popped into my head; two words, actually. “Messenger Shiva.” I didn’t know what that meant, exactly, but I put it in my back pocket in case I ever needed a snappy cryptic title for something.

And here we are!

But I’m not sure if what I’m writing here will really be something….bigger. I just want to talk about something that is still a rather “raw” period of my life. A sad period. A weird period. A period from like a few minutes after 9/11 through fall of 2016.

And it starts with the rather odd little synchronicity that I think kind of changed my life…

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Fear Of A Plastic Plant: The Glorious Paranoia Of “The Happening”

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“You’re not interested in what happened to the bees?”
–Elliot Moore, “The Happening”

In terms of a genre consumed to entertain us, the Apocalypse must be fun. Whether at its most bombastic and implausible, or mired in gritty realism and disease, disaster narratives must contain a certain level of grotesque-yet-thrilling spectacle in order for us to be enthralled. But except for a handful of gory “set pieces” that are filmed as dispassionately as time-lapse footage of paint drying, The Happening provides none of those things.

And yet, I believe it is one of the most emblematic films regarding our current predicament.

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12.13.18: The Comic Book That Predicted The Future

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Doctor: “Damage has taken place to the normally dominant left hemisphere—and the right hemisphere is attempting to compensate.”

Robert Arctor: “You mean the two hemispheres of my brain…are competing?”
—”A Scanner Darkly”

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The notion that Donald Trump might have possibly believed Bruce Wayne is a real person is no surprise to me.

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9.16.18: All That Is Left Is A Folder

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“Many traditional religious encounters, after all, are equally “gauche” in their use of gaudy art. But just because something is encountered through the imagery of bad movies or sappy religious art does not mean that what is encountered is a bad movie or a pious painting; it might simply mean that all religious experience is culturally conditioned, and that the human imagination often draws on the most immediate, not to mention the most colorful, to paint and frame an encounter with the sacred. It is a lesson well worth learning early in our Super-Story: trauma and Technicolor, God and the gauche, are not mutually exclusive.”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Mutants And Mystics”

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