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On Bjork’s “NotGet VR”

This video by Bjork, “NotGet VR” is one of the most profound of Bjork’s works and there is a transcendent rationality that becomes apparent in the irrationality of dancing in the face of extreme apparent danger.  The video link to “NotGet VR” is here:  

Because I have such difficulty in explaining my view of reality, and I can not take for granted the effort at scholasticism that I put in to learning about religion on the part of my fellows, I cannot easily convey what I need to, so I took up their way of talking about the issue by finding the points on which we have agreement per topic in whatever conversation in which I find myself.

So having said all of this, my experience on this planet has been much closer to the “Law of the Jungle” or the “Law of The Sea” where everything that I encounter is Predatory, Combative, and probably wants to hurt me– whether it knows that it is doing it or not– whether it really wants to be a nice guy or not– though it may be an incredibly nice shark to it’s fellow sharks and well liked, to every other organism it is a giant set of cutting teeth that eats anything– even another dead shark: this aspect of Reality is the Law of the Sea.

And so I start to understand that Nature is incredibly violent as one chunk of amino acid proteins try and eat other chunks of amino acid proteins, and “Fortune” or “Luck” absolutely plays a part in the freak chances when something that should not have gotten away or should have been easy prey becomes the victor and the predator itself is killed by its own attack.

And for me personally, I find many corollaries in the game of Texas Hold’em Poker, where the catch of a needed card on the River (the last deal of any available cards) with several potential outs beats a “pat” or “made” hand like a pair of Aces that should have driven the person who won on that last dealt card out of the game much earlier– but it didn’t– and now someone who believed absolutely they would win, finds themselves out of the game and much poorer for it  (and this example is without any player or dealer cheating, which I find another issue entirely, and also an aspect of Nature).

The Mathematics of Nature is like this too: a predator may get fatally injured during a hunt to feed its cubs or expend a last caloric reserve that it gambled on the hunt, and now would surely die of starvation unless another small victory might be achieved incredibly soon– if it is, it may be “Lucky.”

Now one more point, consider the personalities and world views of the elderly or those with a chronic disease, their world views are entirely different than those of heedless children.  They sit there and consider whether or not they will be around in a year or decade, whether they will actually see a new President or new Pope, and that is a statistical aspect of their lifeline– or length of life– or or the nearness of death to their unique situations.  In “The Snows of Kilamanjaro”  a fatally injured man’s wife who stays with him until his end is then put in jeopardy at the end of the story by her very decent actions due to the stench of his dying body by a dangerous hyena outside of their tent– no matter how noble or righteous our personal actions, they can lead to our demise in a most nihilistic way.  Yet could she or humanity itself have acted in some other, lesser, life-preseerving manner!?!  It seems Hemingway thinks not.

And so for me, there is a demographic, statistical attribute which we individual humans embody that is considered the “state of personal health”: whether or not “someone still has the capacity to be fertile” and whether or not “someone will die soon,”  and we have a tendency to decide this statistical attribute based on their physical appearance in a biological snap judgment that is then abstractly portrayed more mathematically in the actuarial tables of insurance companies.

At some point in our lives, we cross from the fertile young demographic to those who are basically at death’s door, or those who are already genetically dead in that they cannot breed successfully– essentially dead to Nature, but they have not realized it yet.

The idea of “just for one day” and “one day at a time,” is a different concept that brings hope in an existence that becomes tragic– no matter which religious system we believe.

So when I saw this Bjork video, I see the giant floating creature as a representation of “Death” and the “Extinguishing of Life” and “basic predation” against which there is no escape– only a deferral and a daily reprieve; Bjork cannot “nuke” the creature like at Hiroshima or give it the common cold like the Martian invaders in H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds.”  The relationship portrayed is that the “Death Creature” can kill her, but she cannot kill it– only avoid it.

And though the Death Creature may seem to be alive, it could also be merely a deadly oil slick or chemical spill, or literally the abstracted set of all potential negative outcomes of Bad Luck personified by the Creature that lead to directly to Death (in fact, Bjork may have opted to bravely dance at the specific time she chose to in Reality because it was the “safest” and “most lucky” it was ever going to be for her to exist with and dance at the creature, in other places and times, it would have been absolutely fatal.  However, it could be that she had no choice in the matter at all– she had to dance or die no matter what).

Instead, with apparent complete comprehension of her state and the danger her simple existence is in, and rather than the more typical actions that would perhaps be handled by a man by hiding or throwing stones or some other form of overt, yet less effective striking back, Bjork instead dances.

And as she dances, she is protected by simply taking care of the dance itself– but even so, the dance is dangerous– and she is going to be touched by the Death Thing.

However if she is true to her dance, she is then the only sentience in Existence– she transcends her mere physicality and becomes All Existence (becoming so infinitely “universal” by perfectly believing in the dance and being the dance, that her “Self” then magnifies to include both her dancing self, and the Death Creature, and All Reality because she is Reality) and the Death Thing itself is transformed by her, not she by it (despite that reversal of relationship being “impossible”, and despite being touched by the Death Thing) – but it is all dependent upon the dance, and not whether or not she physically performs it perfectly, but whether or not she believes in the dance perfectly.

Small children do not dance as perfectly as a prima donna in her last ten years on stage, but they are less jaded and believe in what they are doing far more with unquestioning faith, and that the dance is important simply because it is they who are doing it to the best of their ability, and it will “all be all right.” This is how Bjork must dance and she does. 

The wonderful super-group Shakti on their first album Shakti with John McLaughlin have a song “What Need have I for This, What Need have I for That, I am Dancing at the Feet of my Lord, all is Bliss all is Bliss,”   that takes up the entire second side of the long-playing album, and again in that piece the Lord or God referenced in the title of the track is Shiva the Destroyer and Transformer.  Perhaps the Destroyer himself stays his hand due to an appreciation for an effort as goofy as mere dancing– something which appears to be a waste of calories in Nature and yet which shows intelligence, but possibly it is because when the dancer perfectly believes, the dancer becomes the God and transcends any comprehension of that duality necessary to fear destruction or to be destroyed by any lesser thing.

Thus, this video by Bjork, “Notget VR” is one of the most profound of Bjork’s works and there is a transcendent rationality that becomes apparent in the irrationality of dancing in the face of extreme apparent danger. 

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