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‘Goodbye World’ – Propaganda Or Underlying Truth?

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The Matrix, Eyes Wide Shut, Avatar and 1984 are just a few of the many examples of mainstream movies that have pushed the stereotypical boundaries in regards to subject matter and underlying meaning in films. Although every film to potentially do this is completely subjective to each viewers interpretation of the movie, they definitely do stand out from the bulk of what is made and shown in theaters. The newest film, soon to be released, that may just fall under the same category is ‘Goodbye World‘ a feature directed by Dennis Hennelly, and starring Adrian Grenier (Entourage). Check out the trailer and see what you think…

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The film is slated to hit US theaters in April of this year, so it’s difficult to discuss the true intention behind the film, particularly if the goal of the filmmakers – and all those behind its creation – is to help build awareness towards certain issues or to serve as a tool of propaganda.

Based on the trailer, there are several key issues that seem like they will be addressed within the film that I felt really stood out:

Cyberattack/ Mass Text Message
With so much light recently being shed on the NSA in both the mainstream and alternative news, it really comes as no surprise that the apparent “apocalypse” instigator within the film is technology based. A mass text message seems to be the initial source of what eventually ripples into a loss of utilities and widespread panic. It should be interesting to see whether the film elects to pin the “coordinated attack” (as stated in the trailer) on a terrorist group, like so many films before it, or whether it digs deeper into some of the current issues being discussed worldwide. For those interested in finding out more about the recent NSA related discoveries, you can read more HERE.

Humanity’s Response
Again going solely based on the brief clips within the trailer, it seems as though the general response towards the attack within the film is widespread panic and rioting. With so many protests recently taking place around the world (Iceland, Brazil, Egypt, Venezuela, etc.) it will be interesting to see how the film depicts both the general public and law enforcement. Will it shed light on some of the unnecessary violence and brutality that has taken place? Or will it attempt to show that without some level of enforcement, we as a human race would do nothing more than resort to varying degrees of violence? The trailer seems to toy with both sides, so it should be interesting to see which route it takes.

Great Collapse
“I knew the great collapse was coming,” is one of the few clearly stated pieces of dialogue made by Adrian Grenier’s character James in the trailer. Talk of a great collapse has also become increasingly popular in recent years and even more so in recent months as several prominent figures have alluded to its potentiality. Marketwatch has even gone as far as to draw parallels between the current state of affairs and the great collapse of 1929 (find out more). Will the film shed any truth on what may be on our way and how to effectively respond to it? Or will it attempt to lock us into into a state of fear towards anything outside of what are used to experiencing?

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Martial Law
The term martial law has also been tossed around increasingly as of late, so it really comes as no surprise that it also manages to come up within the film. For those that are unfamiliar with martial law, here is a great article that sheds light on whether the United States is on the brink of experiencing it. It should be interesting to see whether the film portrays martial law as something to reject at all costs, or as something to respect and abide by. It seems within the trailer that several of the characters may teeter between these perspectives.

Sustainable Home/ Community
Perhaps the most interesting topic that appears to be brought up in the film is the idea of building a sustainable home/ community. Several amazing groups worldwide have already began serving as a living example of this distinct possibility, including those behind Earthships, the completely off-grid home that Joe and Alanna of the CE team have both visited and stayed in. I’m particularly interested to see the technology that is presented within ‘Goodbye World’ to see both how progressive it is, and whether or not it is presented as a realistic and feasible opportunity for the entire world to adopt.

For those interested in finding out more about earthships, they are a key part of our newly released documentary “The Collective Evolution III: The Shift” which is available for free below.

‘Goodbye World’ is set to hit theatres on April 4th. I will definitely be checking it out and truly hope that it doesn’t disappoint. The fact that the film is relatively independent, as is the film’s director, does give it a certain level of increased promise… at least in my books. For any of you that may have already seen the movie, either at a film festival or in some private release, please feel free to give a more conclusive review or opinion in the comment section below, I’d love to hear about it.

WRITER’S NOTE (Added April 26th, 2014): I recently had the opportunity to see ‘Goodbye World’ and have to say that I was disappointed with the final product. The film’s trailer seemed to touch upon each of the interesting subjects I mentioned above, just as much as the full-length film did. The film may still be enjoyable for some, but I personally did not find it’s decision to focus on personal relationship drama very entertaining.

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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Black Mirror: An Exciting Sci-Fi Netflix Thriller Or A Dire Warning For Where Humanity Is Heading?

Popular series Black Mirror is a Sci-Fi thriller that gives us a glimpse into how technology can and will impact our lives in ways that are good, bad and down right dark. Is too much technology something to be wary of? Let’s take a look at Season 4 Episode 1.

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There is no doubt about it, our society is welcoming more and more technology into our lives, at an alarming rate. It has already taken over many aspects of our lives from communication, to shopping, to banking, to virtually all aspects of our lives. In many ways it’s great, we are advancing at a rapid pace and our lives are becoming more efficient, but does this come at a cost? In the popular sci-fi thriller series, “Black Mirror,” cautions are heeded in regards to how much of our lives we are giving up to technology and what the implications might be.

What Can We Learn From Black Mirror?

Each episode has a different cast, characters and story line, but all serve as a potential warning as to what the implications of accepting too much technology into our lives may do, and it’s definitely something to be wary of. Because the technology in our lives tends to roll out slowly, we generally accept it as it is, but at what point will we take a step back and question our actions?

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