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Track of Reality: My totem by Mega-Shots Track of Reality: My totem by Mega-Shots
There has been a huge debate about Inception's ending. Well, for those who haven't seen the movie, DON't read the rest of this comment because some degree of spoiling will be at hand ;)

The movie is about Cobb who works for a company which has of course a LOT of influence. Anyway, he's a professional extractor, someone who steals ideas from the target's subconscious mind. I won't get into the details here. I just want to point out the importance of the totem Cobb seems to cling to just like someone clinging 'literally' to his life. The totem is a small object denoting enormous, emotional importance to the person entering someone else's dream. It helps her/him distinguishing reality from dream.

For Cobb, as long as he's in the dream state, his totem, his limbo, will never cease rotating. That's when the dilemma pops up as Cobb, at the end, meets his children. Christopher Nolan, the director, demanded that the movie will stop, showing the credits as soon as Cobb's limbo begins 'to seemingly' stop rotating. But no one really knows if the limbo stopped, indicating that Cobb really met his children, or, the pessimistic view, it didn't stop, showing that Cobb didn't get out of his dream.

Nolan argues that the ending is open to debate. He said that he prefers that the totem stopped rotating and he met his children, because personally, he said, I have children.

I think I'd side with Nolan :la: I know that reality sucks, but a dream will always be a dream no matter how perfect it is. I believe that living a life that is so imperfect and making it perfect, not in the literal sense of the word, is the ultimate dream which can, sometimes, be possible if you have the necessary tools to make it happen such as a strong will and a bit of luck of course ;)

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LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
i didnt read lol .. i want to see the movie first .. :P ..
love this capture .. :D ..
Mega-Shots Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh! It's an awe-inspiring motion-picture :iconyeahplz: I recommend it :iconilikeitplz:
LenaDavid Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
.. :D ..
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
interesting,so sorry I didn't get it,nice picture
Mega-Shots Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, no! No need to! And that's the beauty of it :D You see, one should not strict her/his imagination to one interpretation. From a purely deconstructionist point of view, this photograph can be viewed radically and interpreted infinitely. It's like you think of more than one possible meaning depending on your life experience :D

Thanks for comment (:
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I get it,slowly kinda understanding it's like a picture of something and a person depending on their own life views it differently than others and so on right? If so I get it.

your welcome
BurtonJLomax Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it when movies don't sew everything up nice and neat with a bow and tell you that everyone lived happily ever after. I like the idea of wondering. I like only being able to see what I'm supposed to. We don't need to know everything. But most people feel the need to KNOW. They don't want to think, they'd rather just be told. I find life in general much less stressful not needing to know. When I need to know something I'll know it.

I absolutely love this photo!! I'm a huge fan of simplicity. I think we all have minds that are capable of complicating everything around us and I find pieces like this calming. Leaves me the option of appreciating it for what it is literally or delving for something deeper. Very beautiful.
Mega-Shots Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you greatly for taking the effort in writing this thoughtful comment. I'm thoroughly impressed, I admit. Apologies, though, for not replying quickly.

I think you and I are on the same side of the river when it comes to critically viewing motion pictures. I'd like to think of them the same way I do when reading a poem or a highly complicated piece of prose. . .as a mental exercise.

And the issue of observing the ending as a 'happily ever or never after' is highly dependent of the subject of relativism.Considering people's various environments and the stimuli they've been exposed to, each one of them will subjectively regard it quite differently.

"Most people feel the need to know," I believe this is what a social species is all about. Curiosity and the obsession to know the unknown have always been two of the most remarkable characteristics that define us as a species. Without them, I believe, progress won't be at hand.

Thank you again for your feedback. It is indeed appreciated.
BurtonJLomax Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I 100% agree that the "need to know", or curiosity is what drives us as a species in a great many beneficial ways. What was refering to was much more the lack of a desire to imagine that I think has become prevalent in society today. It is certainly not a negative to have curiosity or want to figure things out, but when it comes to art or entertainment I believe in the value of what you could call "thought provoking" works, where all the answers are not laid out on the table for the audience, whether it be a book, movie, song, poem, painting, whatever it is, I think that there is a great many in our world today who would rather do without the "thought" part of this process and simply see a story with a defined, middle, and end where the protagonist always wins. I myself enjoy this form of entertainment as much as anyone but I wholeheartedly believe that there's more to life than that and love leaving a movie scratching my head like David Lynch can make me do, or feeling uncomfortable as Todd Solondz or John Waters can make me do. Like I said about your piece, (which I have set as my wallpaper, I hope you don't mind) the simplicity of the image itself leaves room for my mind to turn in thought much like the spindle in "Inception".

Thank you again for the art, and the reply. I have found interaction through this site to be of a level that I rarely experience in my day to day life.
Mega-Shots Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You've expressed it eloquently that it seemed to me while reading that I'm merely viewing my not-yet-written thoughts.

I'd agree no more (:

Thank you again for your time either writing or appreciating my work.

Note: I don't mind at all (: It's indeed an honour, sir (:
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