Friday, January 16th, 2009
Discuss: Embryo Video
Take a look at this six minute video. It’s a compilation of film, TV show and TV news clips spliced with a baby growing inside its mother. The clip is titled Embryo, or ÐÐ¼Ð±Ñ€Ð¸Ð¾Ð½ in its original Russian.
What message does this video convey to you?
At the beginning we see the cryptic statement: “Man — Small World” and “World — Giant Man.” Then we watch the evolution of life on Earth from dinosaurs to early man to present day and then various potential catastrophic global events, all while a baby grows and is born. (Bonus, at 5:23 you can catch 2 seconds of the US military swarming over a small town near me from the so-so 1995 movie Outbreak.)
A message near the end reads, “Humanity’s suffering is pushing it to its birth.” Well, that’s not confusing in the least! I had to do some digging to see what more I could turn up.
The Russian website credited at the end, illuzia.net (read via Google Translate) is filled with quirky, usually speechless mini-scenario videos that then cut to some guy speaking in, I presume, Russian. That guy, I’m guessing, is Michael Laitman, president of a Kabbalah organization, though not necessarily associated with this website.Â I found the Embryo video linked on many Kabbalah websites under a different title, 7,000,000,000 (a reference to their belief that man was originally divided into seven billion partial souls). It’s an emerging mainstream viral video; I don’t normally scour Kabbalah sites.
If anyone reads Russian or is a Kabbalah believer, weigh in with whatever light you can shed on this.
The song heard in the video is Yuudachi (meaning afternoon/evening shower) on Japanese musician Hiromitsu Agatsuma’s album Agatsuma (you can listen to it in a standalone Flash player if you like). If you’re an iTunes user, send me an iTunes link.
Does any of this matter? Not really. There are many ways to interpret the video. I was hoping for a concise explanation on illuzia.net, (what I believe to be) the videographer’s website, but instead was forced into more head scratching (granted, this is Google’s translation):
“The history of mankind is divided into 3 main phases, the development of the embryo is also divided into 3 terms.
Throughout history, we have developed in breadth, won and built, destroyed and rebuilt. And so shred all around the ball, have not yet reached such a state that seized it. This comes as the fruit reached 38 weeks of development ….
For a child womb is the most comfortable place, but this is only an intermediate step, because the aim is the birth and stay in the womb is no longer possible. The organism produces a large number of mothers of adrenaline during childbirth to help your child be born, to the fetus is very painful childbirth. Also, we have developed to its peak stage, and can no longer exist on the principles that have built over the entire period of its development.
We do not know what to do next, but that does not mean that there is no common vision of our development. In nature has its own program and it works on us through the crises, natural disasters, epidemics, war, forcing us to all be born. Having been born, the child continues to develop, understand very different world outside the womb. So we finally have to understand your vision.”
Now, I’m not a practioner of the Kabbalah faith, so I roll my eyes a bit. But I think the video still has a powerful message…
We’ve come this far. Where are we going?
I’m born. What kind of future will I have?
What’s your reaction to the video?