Hey guys, so it’s been a while since my last post and I have been genuinely and pleasantly surprised to discover that you guys actually missed me!
So, first of all I’d like to apologise for the extended silence. Yours truly has been suffering from a combination of writer’s block and personal issues.
But that’s all by the way now and I’m back. Now I’d prepared an entire litany on “The Issue With Tolerance” as my topic this week and then I kinda stumbled on the film “Lucy” and I thought na, tolerance can wait one more week. This right here? This is WAY more interesting.
First of all let me say that I’m a huge fan of Scarlett Johansson. I’d watch anything where I saw her name amongst the credits, even if it was a silent black and white film. Why? Three simple reasons: One; she’s fine. Two; she can actually act. Three; she’s too damn fine.
And as for Morgan Freeman, oh dear me. If you were shooting a documentary about my life, he would have to be the narrator. That voice of his has a personality of it’s own.
Enough with the hero worshipping, what is it about this “Lucy” movie you say? Ok, there’s this theory that humans generally only use about 10% of their brains. That is, everything you see today; space travel, satellites, aeroplanes, mobile technology, the internet, automechanics, the nuclear bomb, electricity, everything man has achieved has been done with him just able to use 10% of his brain. Now imagine being able to use 20%, then 40%, then 50%, 60%, up till 100%.
I’m not going to give too many details of the movie for those who haven’t watched it. But it blew my mind. It was a little bit similar to Bradley Cooper’s “Limitless” but on a much grander scale. In fact at some point in the movie, Scarlett Johansson’s character began to move through time. It was quite stunning really.
Neuroscientist Barry Beyerstein set out about 7 reasons why this theory cannot hold and I largely agree with all of them, but my angle is this; as much as no part of the brain is at any point in time not in use, exactly how much “access” do we have to all the parts of the brain?
For example, in terms of memory(ies), events that occurred when you were say 2 or 3 years old will be nigh on impossible to remember right? Especially now that you’re in your 20s or 30s or even 40s. The memories haven’t exactly disappeared, they’ve just been buried over by decades and decades of new memories. Try as you might you’ll most likely never be able to recall anything tangible and even then, it might not be reliable.
Now imagine a scenario where you have complete access to all that information without corruption and without the hindrance brought about by time. Where at age 80 you can recall what you ate on a certain morning 77 years ago. Amazing isn’t it? I’ve not even talked about having access to the parts of your brain that oversee cell growth, cell regeneration, intelligence, organ functions, etc. Imagine being able to monitor cell mitosis in your own body. Imagine having access to all the information all the cells in your body exchange amongst themselves; About 37.2 trillion cells (a hypothesized figure). You get the idea.
Now some of you guys might be wondering what’s getting this guy so worked up? It’s just a movie. It’s science fiction for crying out loud.
Here’s what got me all worked up. For me it wasn’t just a movie. For me it was a ninety minute plus glimpse into the true capability of man. An idea of what man looked like in his original state before he fell. God’s original idea of man.
Oh no, he’s bringing the Bible into it, but that shouldn’t surprise you now should it?
Imagine Adam in his pre-fruit-eating state. God came down to walk and talk with him. In person. Not through dreams or visions or prophets. One on one, as a man would with his friend. Don’t believe me? Gen 3:8-11. You see God had a pattern with Adam, when He came that evening and didn’t see him, He called out for Adam only for the fellow to hide himself. Now fast forward to Exodus 33, from 18 to the end of the chapter and you see the lengths God had to go through to make sure Moses saw His glory and still survived. How things changed eh?
Here’s the thing, this movie gave me a whole new understanding of Gen 1:26 where God said “Let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness and let him have dominion over the earth and everything in it” paraphrased.
Adam lived to be 930 years old. Nine hundred and thirty! Let that sink in. No, count to 100, then 200, then 300, 600, up to 900, then add an extra 30 on top just to make it an even number. The US is roughly 230 years old, Nigeria is 54, the United Kingdom is 307 years old; add together you have 591 years. Adam still had a solid 339 years on top of that.
If Adam died before Eve as it seems to happen these days where men die before their wives then it’s likely Eve lived even longer. In fact she delivered Seth when Adam was a hundred and thirty and she couldn’t have been far behind him in age. My goodness. These days by the time a lady is pushing 30 without a husband or a kid, questions will be asked, babas will be consulted, histories dug into, pastors visited. And here was the first woman pushing out a baby at a 100 plus. Oh we haven’t included all Seth’s other brothers and sisters.
Imagine this, every animal and I mean EVERY ANIMAL God ever created including the ones scientists have yet to discover and catalogue that live in the forests of Congo or the Amazon rainforests of Brazil. Everyone of them was brought before Adam to name and he named them all. Without a Ph.D, without a previous knowledge of school, genus, and species. In fact God was so confident in His creation Adam that any name Adam called they they still bear till today. Unbelievable right?
Just sit down for a minute and imagine what it’d have been like to be like Adam before he went and ate that bloody fruit. Man would have fully colonised Mars, Venus and Jupiter by now. Space would be our playground. We wouldn’t be here worrying about global warming because of the depleting Ozone layer, we would have been exploring galaxies for fun. I’m using space because believe me earth would become boring.
If you haven’t watched Lucy or Limitless and you’re reading this, please do. Ideally watch both. At the end of Lucy I was experiencing 2 extremes of emotions; one was rage at Adam for what he did to us and on the other end of the scale was gratefulness to God for restoring us through Jesus.
Even if my entire Bible laced rant irritated you because you’re a humanist or atheist or agnostic or whatever fancy name you guys keep coming up with these days, you cannot look around the world, see what we have done here, what we are doing and not see the untapped potential.
I really want to keep talking, but let me end with these: Matthew 19:26 and Philippians 4:13.
You know how to reach me @arielugorji I would love to hear from you!