My comment on Flatliners

The feature film „Flatliners“ is about medical students in the USA who do some practical work in a hospital attached to their university.

One of the students wants to extend her expertise on pathology and thus labours on near-death experiences. She interrogates patients who have been reanimated about their detailed impressions during their mental absence.

In the course of the film, she decides to perform a self-experiment with the help of her fellow students.

While lying in a CT scanner, she induces a cardioplegia. After two minutes, her colleagues are to reanimate her.

After the experiment she possesses increased cognitive skills, so some of the other students also perform the experiment.

After a while, all of the four students become delirious, paranoid and suffer from hallucinations. In all cases, these episodes result from feelings of guilt. The students repent things they did in the past. While one of the students experiences an episode of hallucinations, she falls down an emergency stairway. Following this incident, the others closer investigate the case. In the course of their work, they discover a link between past events and consequently occurring pathologic issues. The key to escape this vicious vortex is to apologize for the faults from the past, to rectify or at least to accept them.

This was a brief outline of the plot.

And this is my two cents:

Our sense of indebtedness and remorse create our personal hell on earth. Literally right in your head. And you will run through your memories like through an endless loop, until you resolve your issues. The near-death experience is the trigger that focusses on the essence. When humans are facing death in real life, they begin to realise how irrelevant everyday problems can be. Even so, a sense begins to grow that in the face of death the fear of sincere repentance, not to be able to accept flaws and forgive them is downright ridiculous.

  • That is, to fight against the demons that have power over us by standing upright, facing our faults and forgiving ourselves. By doing so, one can release painful remorse, endless trains of thoughts and, ultimately, the „demons“ inside.
  • By not accepting flaws, forgiveness is in vain, no matter for us or for others. It is crucial, anyhow, to free yourself from the painful past in order to be at peace with yourself.
  • I suppose that we can find the most profound resources for a balanced life in the darkest nooks of our mind. I am mean just those that you neglect to clear out at times, well-knowing it’d be better.

To shed light on the dark spots, and to resolve them, can clear the way to celestial joy on earth. This insight is so precious to me that I would like to share it. I hope I can inspire others who are seeking a way to a more fulfilling life.

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