The Adventures Of Captain Eo At Heaven’s Gate

We’re takin’ over
We have the truth
This is the mission to see it through
–“We Are Here To Change The World” (not to be confused with “We Are The World”)

Technically, the 1986 3D sci-fi production Captain EO is not a movie. Rather, it’s a 17-minute Michael Jackson video that just happens to be directed by Francis Ford Coppola, co-written by George Lucas, and shown exclusively at the Disney theme parks. (Now there’s a rather interesting combination of factors!)

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Jokers, Goddesses, And Talking Heads

Introduction: First, if you are new to this blog, please be advised that it is generally a synthesis of esoteric ideas, pop-cultural analysis, and a bit of my own life. I may jump from one idea to another quite frequently and/or without warning; this type of narrative may-or-may-not be of interest to you.

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This Is Not A Dream: Exploring The Hudson Hawk Code

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Hi, I’m being blackmailed into robbing the Vatican by a psychotic American corporation and the C.I.A..
–Hudson Hawk

My name is Kit Kat
This is not a dream
–Kit Kat

1991’s Hudson Hawk is pretty much an unbearable vanity project specifically created to showcase the wit and wisdom of Bruce Willis (who is pretty much neck-in-neck with Nic Cage for most hit/bomb/hit/bomb cinematic track-record).

But the film also strangely shares certain esoteric resonances with 2006’s Da Vinci Code. Let’s explore a few, segueing into one of my favorite obscure movie characters, Kit Kat!

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What Gus Gorman, Philip K. Dick, and the Elohim Have In Common

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“No matchbook cover is going to spell out a message from the Elohim.”
–Philip K. Dick

Why YES Val, what DOES Superman III’s Gus Gorman, Philip K. Dick, and the Elohim have in common?!

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For starters, let’s parse that starting quote from Philip K. Dick a bit.

What he is not saying is that you can’t glean a divine message from something as banal/trashy/ubiquitous as a matchbook cover.

What he is saying, within the full context of the passage from which I took the quote, is that to glean such a message from something as banal/trashy/ubiquitous as a matchbook cover is a two-part “unlocking” process.

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Part 1: the matchbook cover

Part 2: that divine inspiration from within/without that allows you to “unlock” that message from the Elohim (or deity/entity of your choice).

According to Dick, the Elohim (or deity/entity of your choice) “hides” the Message in the matchbook cover (the “trash”) so the Archons can’t find it. Once the Archons find the message, they will use it/pervert it/exploit it for their own ends; so the message needs to be hidden from them as long as possible.

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In the movie Superman III, Gus Gorman (played by Richard Pryor) literally finds the Message on the matchbook cover: it’s an ad to learn computer programming.

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He felt like a loser and has just had his unemployment benefits run out…

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…but in the process of taking this programming course he realizes he was a hidden genius all along.

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“excuse me, Professor, I think I just invented Google.”

Indeed, originally the character Pryor was going to play in the movie was classic Superman villain “Brainiac.” While that didn’t happen, Gorman did build the pivotal super-computer at the movie’s climax.

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“TA-DAAAAA!”

Where does Gorman write the plans for said super-computer? Again, we see the motif of the treasures/truth in the “trash”:

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The equations & codes are written on used napkins and a Camel cigarette wrapper.

Additionally, the Camel has some rich symbolism as regards to abundance and wealth provided by God (or the Elohim, or the deity/entity of your choice).

Now, we can compare the gigantic super-computer from Superman III to that of the far more esoteric Hudson Hawk; the latter “fueled” by an actual Merkabah.

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the super-computer from Superman III…

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…and Hudson Hawk

While Gus Gorman did side with the villains for most of the movie, he destroys his super-computer (though not before it creates a transhuman robot childhood nightmare) at the end and redeems himself. As a “reward,” Superman inexplicably flies him to a remote mining colony where he can finally get a “real” job.

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“DO I LOOK LIKE A MINER TO YOU, MOTHERFUCKER?!”

Gorman refuses the “gift” and decides to just “walk home” without Supes (somehow navigating the hundreds of miles and whatever boundaries await him in the process).

Superman is supposed to be the hero of Superman III—but the Hero’s Journey is really Gus Gorman’s. As a comedian, Pryor was perfectly suited to play the savant-like Hero-As-Fool (a role that later Jim Carrey will be so known for).

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Superman was supposed to be the “God” of the movie…but actually it was the unassuming matchbook cover. Hiding the “treasure” (deeper meaning about what it means to find your true calling) in the “trash” (the matchbook cover, the entire critically-panned Superman film).

The takeaway from all this?

 

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The World’s Crisis Of Evolution

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Note: This essay was originally written on December 3, 2017

I’ve been asked with increasing regularity what is wrong with the world, and here is what I think it is at the very core:

We have a crisis of evolution.

Since the very dawn of humankind, there have always been one or two people in the Tribe who seem, inexplicably, to possess a different view than the others. An expanded view.

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Born On This Day: Charles Fort

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I believe nothing of my own that I have ever written.
–Charles Fort

Charles Fort (1874-1932) was a writer and researcher whose works on anomalous phenomena was highly influential not only on future generations of investigators but pop-culture as well.

Fort spent his life digging through stacks of books, amassing piles of newspaper clippings, and cataloging all manner of recorded unexplained events in human history—driven by the belief that scientists and other authorities wanted to hide and blot out the existence of these uncanny occurrences that they failed to explain.

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Musings On The 2020s And Beyond

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quote from Terence McKenna

Note: This post was originally written on November 2, 2017

One of the points I’ve tried to make on this site is that we are soon to enter another era. That many of the things the media is most concerned about are things that are passing away—not things of the most vital importance for you now, certainly not things that will prepare you for the future.

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The Daily Eris: Against My Better Judgement, I Am Indeed Writing Another “Daily Eris”

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One thing I’ve recently noted on Twitter is how an awful lot of the stuff I’ve been writing about over the past 5-10 years are all starting to become really relevant at the same time…and that instead of giving me joy, it’s sort of given me the opposite of joy.

I’ve also switched a lot of my Twitter content to humor, which is in direct correlation to how f**ked the world seems at the moment.

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You Are Allowed To Change

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 “Saint John,” by Mati Klarwein

The impulse to change is natural and a part of every human’s evolutionary process. And yet to some people, Change is terrifying—not just the idea of change happening to themselves, but happening to people they know (and even to total strangers).

As you set out on the path of Evolution, you may find that others—even those closest to you, ones who might have even initially encouraged the Change—will throw obstacles in your way.

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Philip K. Dick On Order Vs. Change

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from “How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”
by Philip K. Dick

So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind.

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