|Why is James Camerons Titanic such a colossal success? I believe
that the wizardry behind Camerons storytelling is his ability
to make us feel deeply about ideas and concepts that we rarely
dare to examine. Cameron uses the movie theatre as a modern-day
spiritual center, a place where people can experience a deeper
sense of their own humanity. In the theatre we sit elbow-to-elbow
with several hundred strangers. Together we laugh and cry unashamedly,
experiencing an altered state far removed from the mundane world
outside the theatre.
Its a profound coincidence that Titanic was released at a time
when so many elements of our fragile civilization seem to be at
the breaking point. The world seems to cry out for a savior. Pollution,
crime, nuclear armament, plagues, and natural disasters are in
the headlines daily. Ironically, sharing these headlines are continual
advances in modern technology — faster computers, smart weapons,
and new bio-engineered marvels. We are, like Titanic, moving full
speed ahead into the darkness, pinning our hopes on technology
to carry us along — to save us. Yet, technology cannot save a
civilization that has lost touch with the feeling of the essence
In masterfully telling Titanics story through the eyes of two
young lovers, Jack and Rose, Cameron has struck a chord deep in
our collective unconsciousness. In particular, I was moved by
his depiction of what it means to be a savior, and what it means
to be saved.
In telling her story, elderly Rose believed that Jack was her
savior and recounts that Jack saved her in every way a person
could be saved. In the photos of young Rose riding horses and
flying airplanes we get a glimpse of the active, full life she
lived — a life very different from the self-conscious, inauthentic
life her mother wished her to live.
We can look to be saved by another or we can save ourselves. Someone
(like Jack) can inspire us by example, but we must decide for
ourselves to live an authentic life. Roses enlightenment comes
in the instant she jumps off the lifeboat to stay with Jack on
the sinking ship. In that moment she saves herself and becomes
truly free — acting on her free will, unhindered by the burdens
of her past, her family, her social status, and her fears.
We can sit in the safety of our personal lifeboats pretending
to be alive or we can save ourselves by following our hearts
desires. When we live inauthentically (to get the approval of
others), we are not really living, just acting out a role; a role
that becomes stale and predictable. This is not the path of growth.
It takes courage to leave the comfortable boundaries of a safe,
predictable life, but in daring to follow our hearts we emerge
from our two-dimensional roles, remove our masks, and become alive
Saving the world is not the job description of a few special people.
Its the calling of each and every person on the planet. Feel
the calling of your heart and find the courage to live a life
worth living. When each of us becomes awake enough to live authentically
from our hearts, we will become our own saviors and shift out
of victim consciousness to a place where our actions are Divinely
inspired. From this place we can lay the building blocks for an
enlightened planetary civilization.
Publisher, The Holistic Networker
©1998, Tony Cecala