Wild Wild Country: Season 1 Reviews
This isn't to necessarily be in defense of the Rajneeshees either, as brothers and directors Chapman and Maclain Way are sure to highlight the more sinister facets of those that came to devote so much of their lives to this mysterious spiritual leader as either he or those he appointed to be the leaders of this experiment that gets carried out in small town Oregon clearly manipulated the love for this ma and a community in order to do harm.
Do I wish the brothers Way might have provided more concrete answers to the multitude of questions they pose? Of course, but by having access to and collecting multiple contemporary eyewitness accounts it's easier to glean where the sincerity meets that unpleasant emotion most often caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous. In the end and with much perspective, it's surprising whose souls feel the most, liberated might be a poor choice of words here, and so we'll go with...saved.
The blind faith in the proxy leader that turned a peace loving mother into an assassin.
But at the same time, there is a beautiful reference to how she ?broke the spell?.
There are lines that make you wonder what power in the world makes a human being so delusional ? ?the joys of surrendering to the master?, ?the master of masters?. The hysteria creeps up to a point where the whole crux of what was being followed and taught and revered is referred to as a con by the people who lead the very movement.
But if you listen carefully, with an open, non-perceptive mind, what the man intended to show, to teach and for everyone to self-realize wasn?t anything bad or wrong or overtly religious or spiritual or magical ? it perhaps was something that would have evolved us, if it was channeled and moderated and propagated in the right way.
The visuals and interviews also reek of pure xenophobia and prejudice at times; how repulsive people can be to the natives of another country or culture attempting to settle down in their midst.
This is a pure spectacle of how fanaticism, politics, megalomania, xenophobia, paranoia, blind faith, greed and so many other dark elements create an ugly chemical reaction of sorts - an explosion that changes every one in the fray.
While you may end up thinking how ridiculous the whole saga is, there is so much to learn from this even though this is the past. The characters, the thoughts, the dark elements still exist in our present day ? multiplied, magnified and scattered throughout the world.
Makes you really wonder where we are headed into.