Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking is a documentary on Netflix told in his “voice” which is computer generated, he uses the muscles in his cheek to communicate because due to his ALS he can no longer walk or speak, however using his magnificent brainpower helps keep the disease at bay (its a muscle atrophy situation). It was nice to learn more about his personal life. Did you know he says the big bang isn’t just god but that universes and planets solar systems are constantly spontaneously being created – for the universe has no beginning or end. As I sit here typing there are planets blooming in the sky like night flowers and while we sleep galaxies are burning up and suns are dying stars. Sometimes makes me think you could never doubt a higher power for science is almost as unknowable as gods and goddesses.
Of course if you see that other doc on netflix ‘The Unbelievers’ (which has scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss) its difficult to believe in any one religion and completely see that Darwin’s theory of evolution can bring us in to a new age of enlightenment that can still be filled with love and compassion for our fellow earthlings. I watch these docs as Im drawing or working on freelance projects so I know I’m missing info. I know from experience…I watched all of madmen this way and when I saw an episode in person I realized there were nuances and scenes that are pretty integral haha I watch tv like its a radio.
Even more unrelated I just got through the book by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis – Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row. Damien is a west memphis three member who was wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to death ( all in Arkansas) and imprisoned for 18 years during which time Lorri and he met and got married and now they live happily together in Salem, Ma. never to return south. But this book is their prison love letters. They are really beautiful and poetic and have a lot of reference to Magik which D practices through Wicca. And which seemed to have helped him remain unbroken through his ordeal. Now I have got to read his memoir Life after Death which is not at my library like Yours for Eternity was. It is $11 in kindle store which is too hard to swing now, I will wait Im sure it will show up at the library someday. I have to say the love letters made me cry and get a bit worked up so I had to skip a few and see the end often, to make sure he gets out. Also I watched Paradise lost the three part HBO docs and I started Devils Knot which is a movie about the whole thing starring Reese Whiterspoon- also on netflix, but i stopped 20 mins in I was too annoyed at the whole ignorance and plain silliness and its just too awful. (the true story, not he movie or anything, the cinematography and compositional shots as well as lighting was very nicely done) So thats my “religious” question mark post today. Also something sweet I read in the book was in Kabbalah (btw happy Rosh Hashanah if you celebrate it!) it is believed that before we are born one spirit exists and it is split in two going one half in to a girl and the other half boy and when you meet you are real soul mates in every sense. Its a pretty thought right?