2001: A Space Odyssey - Thus Spake Zarathustra



2001 ... The Year Zarathustra Spoke

In January 2001 Zarathustra spoke. He told me that something would happen that would change the course of reality forever. It would be the dawn of a new awakening for human consciousness. Z's prophecy was correct. 9 months later 9/11 happened.

September 11, 2001


The Monolith (Millennium Hilton Hotel) Near Ground Zero

Twin Towers are Twin Monoliths - Above and Below. The best-known cultural reference is the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey a science fiction film based on The Sentinel a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.


In the film series, the Monoliths are black ebon and transparent oblong slabs, fitting exactly into the ratio 1:4:9 (9 height, 4 width and 1 depth). They form part of a Solar-System-wide computer network planted by an alien civilization to monitor an experiment which culminated in humanity. The eclipse represents the eclipse of time and consciousness.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is a landmark, science fiction, classic, epic film containing more spectacular imagery than verbal dialogue. It impacts on the viewer and taps into subconscious memories of creation. Though it shows human evolving from ape, the missing link of that evolution is left open. The plot follows a spaceship that crosses the universe, searching for the source of life itself. A link is made to a creational intelligence perhaps linked to human evolution. This is linked to a computer that comes into conscious awareness and confusion as to its prime objective.

As with all of the themes the story is based strongly on myths and metaphors for viewers to decipher in decades that would follow. The movie was deliberately filmed at a slow pace and has less than 40 minutes of dialogue. It is meditative and seeks to expand our consciousness.

The opening trinitarian chords [C, G, and again C] of Richard Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra accompany and welcome this striking shot of orbital and visual alignment. This music was inspired by the book of the same name. Its five opening notes embody the ascension of man into spheres reserved for the gods. It projects the power of creation and Zarathrustra. The music is associated in the film with the first entry of man's consciousness into the universe, and with the eventual passage of that consciousness onto a new level, symbolized by the Star Child at the end of the film.





Thus Spake Zarathustra. Friedrich Nietzsche 1891
Final Words :: THE END


Thus Spoke Zarathustra   Wikipedia





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The primary mystery is the film's ending. Dave, the sole survivor of HAL's homicidal rampage, has been whisked across the universe to an undefined place. In a small, stylishly furnished room, we see him grow old in a time-lapse sequence, until he appears on his own deathbed. In the last moments of his life, he finds the strength to pull himself up and point to an object which has suddenly appeared in the room.

It is the enigmatic black monolith which initiated the entire space odyssey. Then, just as suddenly, a huge human embryo appears on the screen floating in outer space. Wide eyed, it turns to the viewing audience, and to the triumphant tones of "Thus Spoke Zarathrustra," the film ends. There is no explanation, the film just ends, as does our space odyssey.



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