Audience members in my seminars gasp when I tell them that the movie Titanic is the most malevolent film ever made. The movie is a favorite to many, and they believe they were emotionally touched by the movie because it’s a beautiful love story. They’re shocked when I tell them that the more they loved the movie – the more anti-prosperity beliefs they have.
You don’t love Titanic because it’s a love story. You allowed yourself to be emotionally manipulated into believing that. But that is not where the connection really comes from. The emotional connect comes first, from another extremely prevalent meme – unrequited love. This is one of those mind viruses that has been passed down generations for literally Millenia. (And another of those memes in your subconscious that can cause you to self-sabotage your prosperity.)
The unrequited love meme is so powerful because it is fueled by the “I’m not worthy” belief so commonly perpetuated by organized religion. Being unable to share life with the one you love is the ultimate sacrifice and demonstration of unworthiness. You might be thinking I couldn’t possibly be suggesting you may have blown up your relationships or marriage because you are infected with the unrequited love mind virus. But that’s actually quite possible. (More about that later, when we get to the “hero’s journey” meme.) Some prime examples in literature:
The Sun Also Rises
Cyrano de Bergerac
Gone With the Wind
Romeo and Juliet
The Great Gatsby
And we haven’t even touched Eowyn and Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, Laurie and Jo in Little Women, Stevens and Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day, Olivia and Orsino, in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, poor Quasimodo in Notre-Dame de Paris, Jacob and Bella in The Twilight Saga, and Severus Snape and Lily Evans-Potter in Harry Potter. Not to mention Rey getting only one kiss before losing Kylo Ren/Ben Skywalker to the Force energy forever. Even the goddamned Peanuts comic strip is dripping with this tragic meme. (Charlie Brown loves the Little Red-Haired Girl, Peppermint Patty loves Charlie, Sally loves Linus, but Linus loves his teacher, and Lucy loves Schroeder, who loves…only to play Beethoven!)
But the timeless unrequited love trope is just the tip of the iceberg why millions of people adore Titanic. The other reason is virtually every scene of the movie, level upon level, upon level, upon level, is drenched with negative subliminal memes about money and rich people.
The first scene opens with Bohemian vagabond Jack Dawson. Now why is Jack so happy? Because he’s broke. A guy like him doesn’t have to worry about the Bentley getting a flat, the butler calling in sick, or the high cost of private jet maintenance. He has nothing to lose, just lives in the moment and is rewarding by winning the cruise in a card game. What’s the subliminal message? Poor people are happy go lucky.
Scene two we meet Rose. Rose is definitely not happy, she’s fucking miserable. Why? Because her mom has arranged a marriage for her to Cal Hockley, an abusive and controlling jerk, who is an heir to his daddy’s steel fortune. What’s the subliminal message? You sell your soul for money.
Remember the scene in the first-class dining room? Miserable Rose is trapped with all of the boring society people at mealtime. There are brandy snifters, cigars, champagne, and people who know how to use the fourth oyster fork on the left. As the pompous, wealthy people blather on, Rose is picturing her future life of desperation. What’s the subliminal message? Rich people are no fun at all.
Then Jack takes Rose down to third class, where they know how to party! (Notice it couldn’t even be second class. It had to be third. The Titanic era equivalent of Spirit Airlines.) Down there, people are joyous and content, singing and dancing, living life to the fullest. What’s the subliminal message? Poor people are a lot of fun to be around.
Then the ship hits an iceberg and what happens next?
The poor people are literally chained up in the bowels of the ship, while the rich people row off into the sunset. Those same rich people were fighting to get into lifeboats, and Cal steals a baby trying to get in and edge out a woman. What’s the subliminal message? Rich people are despicable, heartless animals.
Fast forward 84 years...
Rose is now 101 and being taken care of by her granddaughter. She still has the invaluable blue diamond that Cal gifted her. She could give it to her hard-working granddaughter and set her up for life, but what does she do? She feeds it to the goddamned sharks. What’s the subliminal message? If you’re wealthy, you should just stick your head in an oven.
Level after level, after level, after level, you are brainwashed with negative mind viruses on money and wealthy people. And that’s why Titanic became the highest grossing movie since the earth’s crust cooled.
Until Cameron made his next masterpiece, Avatar. Which eventually overtook the worldwide gross of Titanic. And what pray tell, was the plot line of Avatar?
The wicked, gluttonous corporation that travels to the lush world of Pandora, where they intend to drive off or exterminate the native Na'vi people, to plunder the valuable natural resources. Just to make the memes perfect, the protagonist Jake Sully is a paraplegic in a wheelchair, and we learn that a spinal injury like his can be fixed with “enough money.” So as long as he is willing to sell out the Na’vi, he’ll be able to walk again. The plot meets the exact formula to become a smash pop culture phenomenon. (Which it did.) The monster (in this case the Marines) are killing off the cast, in an enclosed community (the world of Pandora), so a greedy corporation can make more money.
And for you guys who read the last post, give yourself bonus points if you realized that Avatar is the same exact movie as Alien, Jaws, and Jurassic Park...
We love fairy tales, books, plays, operas, television shows, and blockbuster movies that allow us to hate rich people. Because doing so gives us an excuse for our own failures and absolves us of personal responsibility.
The second I shut off Succession was when the patriarch slapped his grandson. This was the culmination in a plot line about the kid’s separated parents fighting over how to raise him, because of course they were trying to squeeze in parenting between their money-grubbing, back-stabbing, pursuit of wealth at all costs. People love scenes like that because then they can tell themselves, “You see, you have to be a bad parent to become successful. I’m sure glad I’m one of the noble poor people, because that means I’m a good mommy (daddy).”
We love to see diabolical companies in stories like Alien, Avatar, and Mr. Robot, because it feeds the mind virus that to become successful in business – you have to rape, pillage and plunder the environment, and/or exploit innocent people. Then we can tell ourselves, “No wonder my business failed (I didn’t get that job, I didn’t get promoted). I wasn’t willing to hurt people and sell my soul.”
And that’s why you love to hate rich people...
(P.S. Even if you are one of them. Just fuels more self-hate.) It helps hide all of your insecurities, fears, and low self-esteem. You can tell yourself that your limitations and failures are really badges of honor, demonstrating what a loftier human being you are.
The crushing side effect is that you decimate your self-esteem, stop dreaming big, and settle for a life of mediocrity. And the datasphere gives you all the raw material you need to do that and remain a victim your entire life. You probably work furiously to become prosperous on your conscious level but undercut your own efforts because of your subconscious self-sabotage programming.
But we have one more timeless universal meme to explore...
I can’t wait to share it with you on the next post. Before that, however, please check in below and let me know what you think.