Ready to Sacrifice for Your Wants?

The new NETFLIX original series AR*S wants to know.

The psychological drama premiered on Friday, January 17, 2020, and not only ask what do you want but what you are prepared to sacrifice to get it.

“AR*S” stars 26-year-old Dutch actress Jade Olieberg who plays a multi-ethnic medical student who’s had enough of people in her world phoning it in. She wants more and is willing to do what’s necessary to get it. The fact that she comes from a working-class family with a mom who is struggling with mental issues -advances the series’ plot in ways that are not obvious in the beginning.

After viewing the 8 episodes, my initial reaction was the .5 % wealthiest of society will not be happy. But then this portrayal of secret societies targets any of us who “belong” to one.

Cutting to the chase and without spoilers, the series forces us to look within. It wants us to answer if we have what it takes to conquer the world or even our hamlet?

The message focuses on the family legacy, ambition, desire, and last and the often forgotten, love. The streaming series turns those concepts on its head. It reveals the greatest of these things, but without any consolation.

image of a scene from Netflix series ARES
Photo Credit: NetFlix

The show’s message remains with you long after you’ve switched to something else. I couldn’t binge-watch the series – it was a little too intense.

AR*S  is Netflix’s first Dutch series, but it’s dubbed in English. Although the lip movement syncs up better than most international programming – I enjoyed listening to the original language while reading subtitles.

AR*S is not for the easily offended. This show doesn’t care about your “feelings.” If you’re not ready to investigate your triggers. Don’t watch it. If you do,  share with me what you think about “AR*S.”

Puzzle Pieces

“A game is one side against another. There’s a winner and a loser. Puzzles don’t have losers.” ~ Fola, The OA Part II -Chapter 1 Angel of Death

In the post “Hustlers vs Suckers ,” I spoke of my extreme dislike of games. Until recently, I hadn’t figured out why I had such a strong reaction to the world’s favorite pastimes. Then, this past week, while watching The OA on Netflix, there was one scene featuring a private investigator and a woman. It was then I caught a clue as to why I consider contests a waste of time.

While on a search for “Michelle,” an alleged gamer, Karim, a private investigator, meets up with Fola, a woman who he thinks could provide some answers. Instead, she shares “Symphony” with him, a puzzle that led Michelle to her last known location.

screenshot of a scene from The OA
Karim & Fola in The OA

As soon as I heard “Symphony” during their exchange, it awakened me.  It resonated on a subconscious level and brought the String Theory, a multiverse thesis, to the surface.  “Symphony”  reminds me of my belief that music or tones forms our universe and shapes our reality. Yes, I wrote, “forms” because I believe our Universe ends when the “music” stops.  And while my explanation oversimplifies the String theory concept; it is what’s captured my attention and caused me to follow these two down the proverbial rabbit hole.

screenshot of characters Karim and Fola The OA
Puzzle Talk

Karim: Back at the house the kids were working together, but you say the game doesn’t like that.

Fola: Yeah.  Well, ultimately, a puzzle is a conversation between the player and the maker.

Fola: The puzzle maker is teaching you a new language.  How to escape the limits of your own thinking and see things that you didn’t know were there.

Karim: Sounds like God.

Fola: Except it’s real.

But what is real?

Is life’s real purpose solving its puzzle so we can communicate with The Puzzle Maker, THE DIVINE ENIGMATOLOGIST?

If so, then could it be that all humans are in the process of solving their puzzles.

Are some of us at the virtual stage of the puzzle, and some working to solve the problem in real life?

What becomes of those who already have the solution?

Once we have a solution, will it lead to either the same destination or our own universe?

As I’ve said before, I hate games. They produce  zero-sum outcomes and, I don’t believe The Universe is set up that way.

As Fola said,

“Puzzles don’t have losers. you’re stuck, If you don’t solve it.”

The OA is now in its second season on Netflix. It is an excellent show exploring the paradox of existence and inter-dimensional travel. ~MH

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An Obedient Scribe

At the end of the hand of God, you’ll find an obedient scribe.  It is a play on words, but after watching the second season of  Hand of God currently showing on Amazon Prime Video – it’s clear to me those who are in service to G-d serve others. Those who are opposition are in service to their weakened ego and serve their wants …

Before I go further,

I should say I don’t believe in an anthropomorphize god or devil, but I believe in ancient energies which animate living things – and with free will, we get to choose whose SPIRIT/spirit we will walk in and with…

That’s my takeaway, the message I received from watching Hand of God.  That and also the greatest teacher is a scribe.