Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar from 2014 is one of the most highly rated films on Imdb. His work is usually realistic and deeply encoded with occult meanings.
Before reading the below interpretation from Jay, I am going to discuss the Reciprocal Systems Theory disclosure within the film.
Note about decoding meanings: Meanings in general are subjective, and as such there is no “right or wrong” meaning in an absolute sense. We discussed this deeply in the post Decoding Fiction – Science of Meaning. Instead of trying to find a “right meaning” it is more empowering to explore any meaning with a childlike level of open mindedness, moving from on to another easily. In this way, your personal experience and perspectives can come to the fore, allowing the meanings generated to be most accessible to you.
When we were watching the film, we noticed a huge number of allegorical meanings within it. Without going into too much detail, one major point sticks out.
Reciprocal Systems Theory
While the film on the surface proffers a science based on Einsteinian Relativity, it actually reveals Larsonian mechanics or Reciprocal Systems theory in the way the fictional universe operates. This is revealed in the nature of time-space, beyond the speed of light, and how reality works inside the blackhole, the main character Cooper, falls into. In RS, motion beyond the speed of light is in the Time-Space sector called the Cosmic Sector, where there is 1 dimension of space and 3 dimensions of time. Conceptually, if one was in the Cosmic Sector, they could contact the ‘timescape’ of the past, present and alternative timelines with ease from a single location; and that is exactly what Cooper does in the film.
This theory is far more accurate than Relativity, and is not so well known. Daniel, from Conscious Hugs, offers many perspectives cast through this theory on time, timelines, and time travel.
In the Film, there are several scenes where characters encounter, ‘the others;’ ghostly beings who created a wormhole near Saturn with an end point in another Galaxy.
In the film, the earth is devastated by natural disasters and will be uninhabitable within a signal generation. As such, the plot in the film is that of Cooper and his team looking for either a solution to anti-gravity equations (plan a) moving the population to another planet, or a new planet to colonize (plan b) where most of humanity will be left behind, and a small group will repopulate via a store of genetic material; an arc.
These ‘others’ have a keen interest in humanity’s future, and are seen sporadically throughout the film contacting Cooper’s Daughter, and Cooper himself. At one point, the ghosts send a message to Coopers daughter.
Cooper and his team venture into the wormhole and to explore a system of planets surrounding a ‘stable black hole.’ After failing to achieve their mission of finding a habitable planet in 2 out of the 3 available, Cooper is forced to abandon the Endurance craft in an effort to slingshot one of the team members to the last planet in their list. In doing so he falls into a blackhole and crosses the event horizon.
After arriving on a strange ‘earthlike’ planet, within the blackhole, Cooper finds himself stuck behind the bookcase of his family home; yet it is shaped like a massive tesseract (house of mirrors), where he can float from one time frame to another. He see’s his daughter at various points in time, depending on where he looks in this ‘hyperspace’ like area.
Cooper realizes that he has the power to communicate across time through the bookcase, where his daughter receives messages and begins working on a solution for anti-gravity. He literally has access to any point in the past, but from a fixed location in space (i.e. Larsonian RS mechanics).
At the end of the film, Cooper and his daughter are successful, as humanity colonizes the solar system after discovering anti-gravity, abandoning “plan b”.
The suggestion here is that the ‘others’ did not intend for humanity to leave the solar system, but to discover the solution for anti-gravity, which was only possible because of Coopers time-space venture into the heart of the black hole. A quasi paradox of causality, as the solution comes from the past, from the 5th dimension, as the film calls it.
The universe as it operates in the film matches RS theory very well, and reveals how time-space operates. Further, Cooper must cross the light boundary, the event horizon of the black hole, symbolically suggesting the time-space boundary described in RS.
Final Note: Jay offers a rather dark interpretation of the film as he uses various pieces of data to create a context structure that yields those meanings. Again, depending on what context is used, the meanings change.
For example, the poem from the film is interpreted below by Jay as an ominous theme of the fall of humankind, but within a Alchemical interpretation, it is actually saying we who are aware should not let the chaos of ignorance sweep the globe without taking action. Righteous indignation at realizing our world is being destroyed by ignorance. This has been termed the “great work”. “Dying of the light” here would mean the dying of true morality or Christ Consciousness.
“Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day;Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,Because their words had forked no lightning theyDo not go gentle into that good night.Good men, the last wave by, crying how brightTheir frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,Do not go gentle into that good night.Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sightBlind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.And you, my father, there on the sad height,Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
We also recently listened to the breakdown of Interstellar done by Tolec and highly suggest it as well (Thanks KP):
|Hofstadter’s book that appears to be next to an
Einstein biography on Professor Brand’s desk.
At this juncture, Murphy realizes more must be at work and that her “ghost” may have been real all along. The solution to the outer world problem of death is connected to the inner world problems of Cooper’s psyche (like Cobb in Inception). It is not accidental that the outer abyss mirrors archetypal images in his subconscious. In other words, Nolan is saying for advacement to occur, what is needed is Jungian self-individuation where both the rationalism of science and the intuitive feel of the feminine are joined. This was Jung’s whole project with Pauli. This is why Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) is right in her feeling of which planet to choose and why Murphy is right about her feeling that more was at work with her bedroom than gravity, and why love is the key.