It was a subtle and quick moment in the film, but one worthy of pointing out.
Terry Gilliam’s latest The Zero Theorem portrays a near-future society run by scientific materialism, a place where hyper-stimulation through the ever-present telescreens, billboards, targeted advertisements that literally follow you down the street, pop music, signs and other continuous stimuli have created a dumbed-down, consumerist society with little meaning.
Only slightly ahead of where Western culture has already brought us, the film portrays a shallow and narcissistic culture obsessed with smart phones, tablet devices and even new religions based upon pop figures and superheroes (hinted at in references to the Church of Batman the Redeemer, for example).
In this context, Gilliam slips in a street scene with colorful trashcans and recycling bins which are probably familiar to most – yet with a slight but important alteration to those paying attention.
Compare the screenshot from the film above to the cutesy waste/recycling bins from real life, like the ones seen below:
The bins in Gilliam’s film are ALMOST conventional… but not quite: notice where the trash is thrown away – not in the mouth, but in a hole between the eyes in the forehead of the anthropomorphic receptacles.
This is the exact location of the so-called “Third Eye,” which marks the location of the pineal gland behind the forehead and the position of the 6th chakra, which many ancient cultures have associated with intuition, knowledge, and insight. As Eden Shetiyah of In5D wrote:
The pineal gland, referred to as the Third Eye, the Eye of Horus or the Seat of the Soul, is a small pine cone shaped organ inside your brain that secretes hormones like melatonin, serotonin and DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), also known as the Spirit Molecule. Melatonin and serotonin are responsible for sleep or meditative states, and emotional states of well-being, bliss and euphoria.
On the energy level, the pineal gland is the physical manifestation of the 6th Chakra – Ajna, associated with true mystic potential, perception of non-physical reality and spiritual wisdom.
Because of its pine cone shape, the pineal gland is often symbolized by a pine cone.
This means that in Gilliam’s latest dystopic world (like his masterpiece, Brazil), the population is literally “trashing” its third eye.
Trashing something which most people never even learn the significance of in the first place…
In this parody of society as depicted, people have learned to love their servitude. They are trained to obey, consume, and waste without any long-term critical thought on the matter, not only about the environmental impact of a disposable society (where we are considered as disposable as our disposables), but about the literal long-term price of eating and drinking from cheap plastic containers filled with endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA; consuming what essentially amounts to garbage — energetically dead, genetically modified foods filled with dangerous, potentially carcinogenic synthetic additives and tainted with pesticides; and a world completely saturated with wi-fi and electronic stimulation under an ever-present big brother police state.
People are consuming garbage, then throwing the garbage of that garbage into an anthropomorphic trashcan’s third eye in a cartoonish mirroring of themselves like the wasted system slaves they’ve so clearly become.
Beyond that, if we never connect to the ancient spiritual wisdom buried within each of us, we may never know our own true power as individuals, just as the powers that shouldn’t be would prefer to keep it.
Trashing our third eye…
This scene is found in a film based around a disconnected main character who, while working for a big brotheresque company called Mancom whose logo is literally an all-seeing eye, is searching for the meaning of his life while his corporate overlords have assigned him the task of proving the so-called “Zero Theorem” — a theorem which supposes that “100% of everything adds up to nothing” — to prove the matrix version of reality is “real” to the masses even though it is a totally false reality where we all turn into nothing when we die in a disconnected, entirely random, spiritually void universe where essentially everything is meaningless.
Here’s the trailer. The film is available on Amazon instant video and DVD.
Is this interpretation going to far? Is this beyond the intended meaning of the director?
Art is meant to be interpreted, and Gilliam is one of those directors who never seems to leave anything in any scene to chance. Consider that in another part of the film, the female love interest Bainsley played by Mélanie Thierry, is overheard at a party commenting something along the lines of:
‘This drug is great, they should put it in the water like fluoride.’
Despite assurances by public figures that water fluoridation — dumping a toxic chemical byproduct of fertilizer manufacturing into our public water supplies — is both safe and beneficial for teeth, actual scientific research has found that fluoride lowers IQ in children, leaches calcium from bones, contributes to bone cancer, dental fluorosis and cardiovascular disease for starters – and yes, calcifies the pineal gland, thus blocking deep, critical thinking and the pineal gland’s function in regulation the endocrine system and bodily hormones.
In her scientific paper, researcher Jennifer Luke from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey, discovered that fluoride is accumulating in the pineal gland in strikingly high levels due to unrestricted exposure to fluoride in the bloodstream, as the pineal gland is not protected by the blood-brain barrier:
As a calcifying tissue that is exposed to a high volume of blood flow, the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans. In fact, the calcified parts of the pineal gland (hydroxyapatite crystals) contain the highest fluoride concentrations in the human body (up to 21,000 ppm F), higher than either bone or teeth. (Luke 1997; 2001). Although the soft tissue of the pineal does not accumulate fluoride to the same extent as the calcified part, it does contain higher levels of fluoride than found than in other types of soft tissue in the body — with concentrations (~300 ppm F) that are known in other contexts to inhibit enzymes. While the impacts of these fluoride concentrations in the pineal are not yet fully understood, studies have found that calcified deposits in the pineal are associated with decreased numbers of functioning pinealocytes and reduced melatonin production (Kunz et al., 1999) as well as impairments in the sleep-wake cycle. (Mahlberg 2009). (Source)
The consequences of this calcification of the pineal gland may well be contributing to any number of degenerative diseases. Dr. Mercola wrote:
Interestingly, Alzheimer’s disease is associated with reduced REM sleep and a calcified pineal gland. Sleep disorders are also linked to autism as well as other neurological diseases, including depression, schizophrenia, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and others.
If one recognizes that heavy metals play a part in the modern-day epidemic of neurological diseases, then part of the explanation for the sleep disorders encountered in various neurological diseases may be that both aluminum and mercury (thimerosal) disrupt the pineal gland and its ability to make sulfate. When the pineal gland’s ability to make sulfate is impaired, this, in turn, reduces production of melatonin, all-important for adequate and healthy sleep. The pineal gland is particularly susceptible to aluminum and other heavy metals because it is not protected by the blood-brain barrier and has a very high blood perfusion rate.
Both In5D and Humans Are Free explain how removing fluoride and avoiding other toxins, including aluminum, mercury and pesticides, as well as detoxifying your body and focusing on spiritual issues can all help to repair a damaged pineal gland and restore healthy function.
• Use only natural fluoride-free toothpaste and decline fluoride gel treatments at the dentist
• Drink purified or filtered water, and keep in mind that bottled water can also be fluoridated
• Eat fresh organic food – the more processed the food is, the more fluoride it contains
• Avoid processed beverages like sodas, juice drinks, instant and bottled teas, and sports drinks
• Avoid cooking with non-stick pans, they increase the fluoride content of food
• Drink organic wine. Wine (particularly red wine) is proven to be good for you in moderation, but because of heavy use of fluoride pesticides on vineyards in the United States, wines that are made from U.S.-grown grapes are the main source of fluoride
• Avoid any kind of processed meat (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) – a mechanical de-boning process contaminates the meat with higher levels of fluoride-laden bone particles
• Drink teas that are made from young leaves (e.g., “White tea”) or yerba matte – a herbal tea from South America
• A lot of fluoride is absorbed through the skin when taking a shower or a bath. I know some people like taking a long shower or a nice long relaxing bath, in which case I recommend installing a fluoride filter in your bathroom. Otherwise, try rinsing your body and turning the faucet off, then lathering up, and then rinsing the soap off at the end. This way you’re conserving the water and minimizing your fluoride absorption.
• Avoid calcium supplementation as it is not absorbed into the bones and just ends up clogging your organs, including the pineal gland.
After that, In5D recommends that those wanting to clean up their pineal gland – and ultimately reconnect with the spiritual purpose of our existence – must literally take out the trash… relating back to the metaphor slipped into Terry Gilliam’s film symbolism here.
While his main character goes on a journey for meaning, it is clear enough that the masses of society will do no such thing. They will be controlled, in large part, through engineered chemical and physiological limitations placed upon them by the system, much as Lord Bertrand Russell eerily predicted in his unsettling but important 1952 work: