Thursday, January 10, 2008

"Man From Earth" - Jesus is a Cro-Magnum Man After Being A Pupil of Buddha

"Man From Earth"
Attempts to Regenerate Theme
Simple Paths To Goodness
A Supernatural Meta Science Roadmap

From Cro-magnum cave dweller to astute pupil of Buddha to unintentional Good Teacher on a Roman cross, the lead character of Jerome Bixby's Sci-Fi drama, Man From Earth, finds himself reasoning to four college professors the Simple Paths To Goodness and the possibility of mankinds limitless future.

Quickly vacating his position at a South Western college in the U.S. and receiving an impromptu goodbye from his fellow professors, College Professor, John Oldman, unexpectedly purposes a question to his colleagues, "What if a man from the upper Paleo-lithic survive until the present day, what would he be like?".

At first jokingly but then deciding to "play along", the idea of "perfect regeneration in the bodies cells..... a quark in the immune system", answers the how and thus the dialectic group journeys into the meta-philosophical-science that throws everything you've believed out the window.

The beginning of the small group questions can neither confirm nor deny John "Old" "Man"s enigma. Stumbling over pre-historic vampire myths, to dates and landscapes of his terrain, John Oldman, after moving from Sumerian to Babylonian lifestyles, eventually decides to move East, where by chance he meets Buddha and becomes his pupil.

He is then viewed by the group as a special caveman, liar or nut.

Concerned for John's mental health, by TV's The Greatest American Hero star William Katt, a fellow Psychologist Professor drives in to the goodbye party and the Hegelian couch is brought in.

Before his feelings are addressed he reveals he has 10 degrees in all of their fields except for the psychologist. He also does not want to be viewed in scientific labs to verify his claim for fear of smoking men in labs. He is then hypothesized as ,"A man that lives outside of time" which can not be measured. We then get to his emotions.

Pausing in and out of his feelings in regards to when did you know you were a do you feel when others die... how do you consider yourself to you remember your father (early lifestyles were Patriarchal thus how do you feel about your mother is left out), Johns answers are quick and intriguing.

The question of faith intertwines Myth, Old and New Testament. Though regarded as "sacrilege", John tells a story about a guy, myth, or Buddha, that decides after 500 years or so to travel to the Mediterranean..becomes an Etruscan..seeps into Rome..sees them as a killing machine and decides to pass the Buddhist teachings in modern form.

He denies the Jesus name, cites it as a medal that was pinned long afterwards.

In regards to the crucifixion and the resurrection, the lessons he learned in Tibet to control and regulate pain, as well as to control his body to simulate death, allows him to vacate his "cave" burial. But, some devotees where hanging outside and saw him...he tried to explain..they were too ecstatic.. and so he fled to Central Europe to get as far away as possible.

Although intrigued and speechless, one of the professors offers his hypothesis,

"Taking along the philosophical teachings of Jesus..Buddhism...with a Hebrew accent...





a ruthless realism acknowledging that life is what it on and now...The Kingdom of God meaning goodness is right here or it should be... I am what I am becoming",

charts the viewer the simple path to goodness.

When asked what John (as Jesus) would like for them to know he says,

"Believe in what He (Jesus) tried to teach without the rigmarole...Piety is not what the lessons bring to people, its the mistakes they bring to the lessons".

Crushed, baffled and even the theologian professor driven to the point of tears whether or not this can be, the psychologist threatens John for the third and final time to come clean or be committed.

John states "end of the was just a story".

After much relief the group offers there own goodbyes to John. But the finality does not end there.

In the last few minutes the psychologist finds out, when John Oldman talks to his professor girlfriend, that Oldman is his father who left him in his childhood. The psychologist rejects this but then realizes this as truth but because of a previous heart condition he succumbs to a heart attack and dies. John Oldman, after the paramedics and the police have left, packs up and begins to drive off, but then decides to take his girlfriend professor along to the next destination of his supernautral roadmap to goodness.

A very clever hypothesis that can only be proven or denied by faith, Man From Earth weaves its web to an imagination searching for another possibility of existence, meaning, purpose and future.

Even when asked about mans future his girlfriend asks, "Do you have faith in the future of the race?" John quickly replies, "I've seen species come and depends on their balance with the environment".

Although as an independent film its nonchalant sublime plot cannot hide its intent of new age philosophy to answer mans meaning of life disguising its green awakening initiative.

Using a similar Eastern philosophical background like the upcoming Jesus action-hero film "Aquarian Gospel" set for release in 2009, get ready for your next spiritual rebirth in 2010 with the remake of Logan's Run.

But do not let mans' reason trouble your spirit.

For as I began to write this the Lord gave my awesome wife His scripture to our hearts.

ACTS 17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

ACTS 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

ACTS 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

ACTS 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

ACTS 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

ACTS 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

ACTS 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

ACTS 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

ACTS 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

ACTS 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

ACTS 17:32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

ACTS 17:33 So Paul departed from among them.

ACTS 17:34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.


Eric D. Wilkinson said...


I appreciate your take on "The Man From Earth".

When I first read the script, I didn't nescessarily agree with everything Bixby was saying in this science fiction film, however I was happy that it not only raises questions, but also provokes discussion (take a look at some of the postings on IMDb).

Regarding, "The Man From Earth", you watch it and take from it what you will. I just felt that any piece of art (film, book, painting, etc...) that prokoves discussion, including religion is a good thing.

Regardless of some of the criticism that this film has received, there is no denying that "The Man From Earth" promotes all of these things...

Kindness, Tolerance, Brotherhood, Love...

Thanks again for your thoughtful meditation on this film.

Eric D. Wilkinson

johnny said...

Hi Eric,

Thank you for your comments.

As one of the producers of this independent film, you may not be aware of the "true nature" of your film.

What you have created is a film adaptation of the Small Group Dialectic Process. In fact, one of your characters, the anthropologist played by William Katt, even mentions it’s founder in the film, Georg Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel, a transformational Marxist social psychologist, when he says, ”Well, like Hegel, logic from obscure premises”.

Instead of deepening your faith in God it deepens your faith in each other, “relationships”.

This small group dialectic process pressures individuals to compromise for the sake of unity (relationships) in diversity.

"The fear of alienation from the group is the pressure that prevents an individual from standing firm for the truth of the Word of God, and such a one usually remains silent (self-editing). The fear of man (rejection) overrides the fear of God. The end result is a “paradigm shift” in how one processes factual information." Dr Robert Klench, Whats Wrong With The 21st Century Church

What you have created is not “provoking discussion” in its true intent, but dialogue to invoke a perpetual change.

Your theologian towards the end of the dialogue finally caves in and breaks down into tears after she asks, “Are you Jesus?” thus the herd consensus is finally reached.

But instead of continuing this dialogue of intentional change into the next evolutionary group meeting, your film ironically intentionally drives home what it believes as truth when the older character, played as a psychologist, believes that your jesus cro-magnum is his father.

Thus, what your film portrays to the average viewer is truth cloaked in "humanistic psychology and manipulative guidelines for social transformation, "relational vitality", emotional unity and collective synergy", Berit Kjos Small Groups and The Dialectic Process.

This is not innocent thought provoking discussions but really mental arguments with a specific agenda to consciously evoke a permanent change.

Your film is an example of Hegel’s outcome based systems thinking, with an intentional purpose to achieve, based on fear.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Again, thank you for your comments and I pray you look into this further.