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A perspective on success, up close and at a distance
on January 19, 2016
Samsara is a film that takes us throughout the world, to take a look at one of the most biologically successful mammalian species, namely us. The film is fascinating in terms of the images, but it is the consequences of this success that we see being depicted on the screen. Yes, we are successes, in terms of biology. In those terms, all that counts, so to speak, is shear numbers, and there are a lot of us. But the success is depicted as coming, in part, with isolation, and lives of deep alienation from our natures. Despite just being a film of images, it does have a Buddhist flavor of "Samsara", and this is clear both at the beginning and the end of the film, when the patterns return to dust. From dust we come, and to dust we return. The images are powerful ones, of both nature and man. The suggestion is that we are turning ourselves, and our animal slaves, into mere machines, and that, from a distance, this up close wheel of suffering has a distinct, inhuman beauty about it. The film left me feeling sad, but there is also the large view that this human world is just the dust of the cosmos.