There’s a scene from one of my favorite movies that reminds me of exactly where the western world Mind Set is stuck right now. It’s from Time Bandits, Terry Gilliam’s first movie after his Monty Python career. If you’re unfamiliar, the movie is about a young boy named Kevin, who is bright, smart and curious about the world, but has parents who could care less about anything but material gain and keeping up with the Jonses. So Kevin, thru Lucid Dreaming and creative Thought Structure™, jumps into his dreamworld with a group of little people who are ‘God’s helpers’ who steal a map of all the places in the universe where time travel is possible, robbing historical rich people and escaping with the loot with the help of the map.

Because one of the Portals happens to be in his room, Kevin follows along at first, but then he becomes the moral compass for the gang, showing them how their behavior was, basically, bad. There are moral dilemas at every turn… very good lessons to learn, along the lines of a Willy Wonka ( the old one, of course. ) There are many variables – God and Satan pursuing the group to get the map… it’s a complex plot.

Hey, it’s a Terry Gilliam movie.

So there’s a point in the movie where the gang of 7 little people and the young boy have timed tele-ported to the Titanic, just in time for it to sink. Here’s a link to the scene. See At this point, the group is floundering in the middle of the North Atlantic, hopelessly lost, stranded, cold and alone. But then the dimmest of the lot points ‘Now is the Time to Pursue the Most Fabulous Object in the World’ – which Satan has put on the map. Never mind that it’s Satan and ’evil‘ totally manipulating them, and that they have the worst of intent – to steal something that doesn’t really physically exist.

But Randall, the self-appointed leader of these bandits, says something that has always stuck with me since the first time I saw this movie. He says, ‘It doesn’t matter where we are, just as long as we believe in it!’

As long as we believe in it.

So that is where we are right now… floating in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but jargon keeping us afloat. If we are the people we have been waiting for, then I believe now is the time to start a new, positive Thought Architecture™ – A way to think about new ways to develop new, better, more inclusive, more unifying ways to celebrate the fact that we even exist at all. That this reality is truly a gift, and that we are all in it together.

There are so many new traditions that we could develop. One of the best things about America is the tradition of Thanksgiving®. In the short line of recorded history, and even though it masks the genocide of the Native American Indian, the idea behind the tradition and ritual of thanksgiving is a noble one. Can’t we develop new rituals of this nature that can not only help make us a more civilized society, but in our gigantic adversity in which we now find ourselves, is there not this opportunity? A National Charity Week, with friendly competitions and success stories, maybe at the end of the school year, after exams as an example.

Burning Man comes to mind as a great new Tradition that is gaining momentum. It focuses on everything positive Thought Structure™—it combides Survival Skills, Unique Art & Music, open-mindedness & expansion, acceptace of our differences, the inclusion of all who want to participate—the expansion and importance of culture in a hostile environment, and the paralells of ancient tribal customs from all parts of the planet. It is this sort of enrichment of the spirit, in such a benevolent manner, that this world thirsts for. I have never participated in Burning Man, but everyone I have talked to that have been say it is a life-changing experience.

This poster represents a new idea to start focusing our capitalism and culture on a more healthy and positive path, that can also generate revenue.

This poster represents a new idea to start focusing our capitalism and culture on a more healthy and positive path, that can also generate revenue.

As an artist, I have devoted a number of my digital pieces to the topic of New Ritual. To be specific, having a World History Festival every four years is another concrete example. This Tradition would entail an olympic type feel, every four years, but from an educational and tourist focus, corporate-sponsored reenactments and discussions about the topic of History… a topic that needs to be front and center in our civilized world’s minds as we move forward – if we are going to survive as a species.

And isn’t time we developed some new variations of our religious beliefs? I mean, yes, evil does exist—but this constant focus on Negative Thought Structure™—to quote Dr. Evil himself—‘It has grown tiresome!’

I could type about this subject forever—so I will end Part one here. I am putting this topic out there to hopefully inspire conversation, invite like-minded discussion, and start making people aware that this more Positive Thought Architechture™ already exist in the realm of the infinite… we only have to manifest it into this physical realm by our immense and infinite powers of creation. I welcome your feedback, opinion and critisism.