Arrival (2016) – The Film’s Secret Meaning Explained


Jay Dyer,
 Guest Waking Times

Words, or logoi, form the basis of all reality. I have written many times and even lectured on the doctrine of St. Maximos the Confessor concerning the archetypal patterns or logoi that form the divine ideas that undergird all reality. All these logoi are one in the Logos, and ultimately give all distinct objects their meaning and unity. The logoi become a unifying, objective metaphysical principle in the divine Person of the Logos. This is why Genesis 1 describes God speaking and creating through His Logos. What is interesting about the recent philosophically-focused science fiction film Arrival is that, while scratching and floundering around in the dark, it hits upon this issue – and predictably provides an incoherent, inconsistent solution, as we will see.

Arrival is a film about language and meaning, and ultimately about the Tower of Babel, with the author of the film’s story also penning “Tower of Babel.” In modern philosophy, the dismissal of metaphysics was replaced with linguistic philosophy, where endless questions and disputes about how words can “mean,” when words are socially constructed symbols becomes a loop of circular contradictions, much like the alien language in the film. I have written about linguistic philosophy and questions in the past, but I think the point was missed by most readers. My point was to offer a version of the transcendental argumentbased on language:

“What I think follows from this [basic sentence structure] is that we see an interpersonal interaction occur with a narrative structure even in the most trivial and localized events of human experience. So what can be fleshed out from this is that numerous things must be the case for this event to occur, which everyone (even a solipsist pretender) admits occurs. There is a beginning, with the event of the concept being expressed by the communicant to the one or more receivers. There is the actual event of communication transpiring and being received and processed by the receiver(s). Then we have the contingent period of response and further communication for however long. Then, the communication act ends. So we see the narrative structure present.

Also, we can flesh out other transcendentally necessary preconditions for this interaction to occur that are crucial to the overall argument for God. We can make a list:

1. That the subjects in question are separate entities and monism isn’t true.

2. That subjects experience phenomena of the external world.

3. That the subjects are distinct selves or persons that exhibit identity over time.

4. That the subjects themselves have a certain historical narrative – metanarrative – that “explains” or gives their being meaning, as well (this is my overall argument).

5. That the given subjects experience the phenomena in a kind of time-bound sequence.

6. That the subjects can internalize meaning from abstract concepts that pass from one brain to the other.

7. That the concepts in question have some kind of universal ontological reality apart from the interaction wherein they are..participated(?) or incarnated (?)

8. That the meaning of the concepts internalized by the communicants inheres over time.

9. That the beginning –> middle –> end narrative structure, connected to the beginning –> middle –> end time structure, also subsists and recurs over time.”

In Arrival, mankind is one the brink of destruction due to the divisions caused by language – and by extension, race, gender, nation and culture. Linguist Luise Banks (Amy Adams) is a strong, independent gal who, having done translations for military intelligence, is recruited to decipher the sound and speech of an alien squid race that have “arrived.” Mistaking the alien coffee stain language for a giant middle finger “fuck you,” earth goes into a hissy fit, with Russia and China threatening to launch an attack on the hovering Childhood’s End-esque crafts. Much like The Day the Earth Stood Still, the alien race attempts to display to mankind they are their own worse enemy, not some outside force from the beyond.

The chief source of division, in the metaphysical, physical and cultural senses, begins with language. Language is the embodiment of a people’s way of life and thinking in symbolic forms. These symbolic forms, while having a degree of malleability, are not mere token sounds and forms as the nominalists have long said, but refer to real concepts and ideas – to spirit. Given the film’s modernist presuppositions, we can thus see how it functions as globalist propaganda, as globalism’s presupposition is its war on all distinctions. 
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Globalists propaganda for certain. More Blue Beam conditioning.

All hail the Maitraya!

good to see ya'll catchin it ;)

Yep Martin

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