A Chilling Description of Our World from “My Dinner With Andre”

A scene from the 1981 movie “My Dinner with Andre

Well, why...why do you think that is?
I mean, why is that?
I mean, is it just because people
are lazy today, or they're bored?
I mean, are we just
like bored, spoiled children...
...who've just been lying
in the bathtub all day...
...just playing with their plastic duck...
...and now they're just thinking,
"Well, what can I do?"
Okay. Yes. We're bored.
We're all bored now.
But has it ever occurred to you, Wally,
that the process...
...that creates this boredom
that we see in the world now...
...may very well be a self-perpetuating,
unconscious form of brainwashing...
...created by a world totalitarian government
based on money...
...and that all of this is much more dangerous
than one thinks...
...and it's not just a question
of individual survival, Wally...
...but that somebody who's bored
is asleep...
...and somebody who's asleep
will not say no?
See, I keep meeting these people...
I mean, uh, just a few days ago...
I met this man whom I greatly admire.
He's a Swedish physicist.
Gustav Bjornstrand.
And he told me that he
no longer watches television...
...he doesn't read newspapers,
and he doesn't read magazines.
He's completely
cut them out of his life...
...because he really does feel that we're living
in some kind of Orwellian nightmare now...
...and that everything that you hear now
contributes to turning you into a robot.
And when I was at Findhorn, I met
this extraordinary English tree expert...
...who had devoted his life
to saving trees.
Just got back from Washington,
lobbying to save the redwoods.
He's 84 years old,
and he always travels with a backpack...
'cause he never knows
where he's gonna be tomorrow.
And when I met him at Findhorn,
he said to me, " Where are you from?"
And I said, " New York. " He said, " Ah, New York.
Yes, that's a very interesting place.
Do you know a lot of New Yorkers who keep talking
about the fact that they want to leave, but never do?"
And I said, " Oh, yes. " And he said,
"Why do you think they don't leave?"
I gave him different banal theories.
He said, " Oh, I don't think it's that way at all. "
He said, " I think that New York is the new
model for the new concentration camp...
"where the camp has been built
by the inmates themselves...
"and the inmates are the guards, and they
have this pride in this thing they've built.
"They've built their own prison.
"And so they exist
in a state of schizophrenia...
"where they are both guards
and prisoners.
"And as a result, they no longer have...
having been lobotomized...
"the capacity to leave
the prison they've made...
...or to even see it as a prison. "
And then he went into his pocket,
and he took out a seed for a tree...
...and he said, " This is a pine tree. "
He put it in my hand and he said,
"Escape before it's too late. "
See, actually,
for two or three years now...
Chiquita and I have had this very unpleasant
feeling that we really should get out.
We really should feel like Jews in Germany
in the late '30s.
Get out of here.
Of course, the problem is
where to go.
'Cause it seems quite obvious that the
whole world is going in the same direction.
See, I think it's quite possible
that the 1960s...
...represented the last burst of the human being
before he was extinguished...
...and that this is the beginning
of the rest of the future, now...
...and that from now on there'll simply be
all these robots walking around...
...feeling nothing, thinking nothing.
And there'll be nobody left almost
to remind them...
...that there once was a species
called a human being...
...with feelings and thoughts...
...and that history and memory
are right now being erased...
...and soon nobody
will really remember...
...that life existed on the planet.
Now, of course, Bjornstrand feels
that there's really almost no hope...
...and that we're probably
going back to a very savage...
...lawless, terrifying period.
Findhorn people
see it a little differently.
They're feeling that there'll be
these pockets of light...
...springing up
in different parts of the world...
...and that these will be, in a way,
invisible planets on this planet...
...and that as we, or the world,
grow colder...
...we can take invisible space journeys
to these different planets...
...refuel for what it is we need to do
on the planet itself...
...and come back.
And it's their feeling that
there have to be centers now...
...where people can come and reconstruct
a new future for the world.
And when I was talking
to, uh, Gustav Bjornstrand...
...he was saying that actually these centers
are growing up everywhere now...
...and that what they're trying to do,
which is what Findhorn was trying to do...
...and, in a way, what I was trying to do...
I mean,
these things can't be given names...
...but in a way, these are all attempts
at creating a new kind of school...
...or a new kind of monastery.
And Bjornstrand talks about
the concept of" reserves"...
...islands of safety where history
can be remembered...
...and the human being
can continue to function...
...in order to maintain the species
through a dark age.
In other words, we're talking
about an underground...
...which did exist in a different way
during the Dark Ages...
...among the mystical orders
of the church.
And the purpose of this underground...
...is to find out how to preserve
the light, life, the culture...
...how to keep things living.
You see, I keep thinking
that what we need...
...is a new language...
...a language of the heart...
...a language, as in the Polish forest,
where language wasn't needed.
Some kind of language between people
that is a new kind of poetry...
...that's the poetry of the dancing bee
that tells us where the honey is.
And I think that in order
to create that language...
...you're going to have to learn how
you can go through a looking glass...
...into another kind of perception...
...where you have that sense
of being united to all things...
...and suddenly you understand everything.

Are you ready for some dessert?
Uh, I think I'll just have an espresso.
Thank you.
- Very good.
- I'll... I'll also have one. Thank you.
And...And, uh, could I also
have, uh, an amaretto?
Certainly, sir.
Thank you.



	

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