My Life at the Movies set sail in late 2010 without a course. However, I broached this bedlam by creating my version of the Oscars. The Golden Babies afforded me direction, and showed readers what movies mattered to me. In 2011 I adjusted my bearings and embarked upon The Race to 100. In twelve months I saw 100 films in theaters and was enriched by the endeavor. This year I spun the helm again and boarded Aeon’s Flight.

Aeon = Plato’s understanding of the Eternal World; a place beyond heaven; the truth existing off the screen.

Flight = how this elevates my writing. Meaning, this year I intend to expand upon the insight each movie inspires.

The altitude increased with, “Open the Gates.” As the first part of a trilogy it introduced the idea that life is a battle between imagination and fear, and employed “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” to illustrate this. This week let’s reach higher by digging deeper with Dune. This sci-fi bildungsroman centers on Paul Atreides. Upon sacrificing spoils for struggle his father explains that without such dramatic change something sleeps within.

This axiom rings true in this reality as well. Most of the time we are so concerned with comfort we fail to experience the growth afforded by entertaining its opposite. By rejecting any/all radical change our potential slowly rots. Instead, by accepting it as an advisor we start to see sides of us hitherto concealed. Such sites can be jarring at first, and like Paul in the film we must face these fears to further progress. It will be uncomfortable, painful even, but the end result is unparalleled. This aftermath is known as “self-awareness,” and it is more than simple sentience. It is the ability to recognize exactly what sleeps within, and how to awaken it in turn.

Though this arousal will not equate to godhood like it did for the young Atreides, it will nevertheless afford one with depth beyond belief. Human beings are typically superficial, but what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? By following the internal quest recommended above we learn that wisdom is worth more than silver and gold. Yet, as previously posited such wisdom does not deify the individual, rather, it enhances humanity and enlightens the spirit. That said, there is a way to rise above even heights as formidable as these. To learn more stay tuned for conclusion.