Spiderhead, the new Netflix movie by director Joseph Kosinski featuring Chris Hemsworth playing the role of Steve Abnesti, a scientist described as a “brilliant visionary” who runs Spiderhead, a private penitentiary where a group of prisoners signs up to live in extremely comfortable conditions in exchange for being part of his mysterious experiments, which comprise running tests on the prisoners to test different drugs that alter their minds and emotions in order to develop drugs for his pharmaceutical company, basically a risky clinical trial run with his prisoners.
The drugs that Steve tests apparently make the subjects experience some kind of emotion, for example, Laffodil makes people laugh about whatever they are told, Verbaluce makes people express themselves clearly, Luvactin, makes people experience love, and so on.
And the vision that Steve uses to justify these drug trials is to eventually eradicate all of the sufferings in humankind and thus this would improve society as a whole and reduce crime… which sounds all too well, except for the fact that his true intentions were to develop an “obedience” drug that would allow him to control the behavior of anyone who is under its influence… revealing Chris Hempsworth’s mad scientist vibes during the movie’s climax.
Let’s talk about the problems this movie sheds light on… the pharmaceutical industry basically doing anything for profit. It pretty much tries to make society dependent on using drugs for literally anything they want to fix. Depressed? There’s a pill for that. Want to lose weight? There’s a pill for that. Want to grow your muscles? There’s a pill for that, you get the idea. Which is why there is so much money behind the pharmaceutical industry. When there’s an easy fix to these problems, people don’t stop and take some time to try and fix what is actually wrong with them inside. And with so many pills readily available to them, people often turn to them as a way to escape from their problems. However, what they may not realize is that this is only a temporary solution, sometimes leading to physical and psychological addiction, which can further exacerbate the underlying issues that led to it in the first place. In order to find lasting inner peace, it is important to address the root causes of one’s issues. This may require more time and effort, but it is worth the effort in order to achieve a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Many people who struggle with substance abuse are actually trying to self-medicate in order to find inner peace. When a person lacks inner peace, they may feel unsettled, anxious, or constantly on edge. This can be incredibly difficult to cope with on a day-to-day basis. Some people turn to substance abuse as a way to numb these negative feelings. However, this only offers temporary relief and can ultimately make the problem worse. If you’re struggling to find inner peace, it’s important to learn how to cope with your feelings in a healthy way, like meditation.
Meditation can be a very useful tool for finding inner peace. It allows you to focus your thoughts and let go of any negative emotions you may be holding onto. In addition, mediation can help to increase your self-awareness and allow you to connect with your true identity. As you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can start to let go of any that are no longer serving you. By doing this, you can begin to create more space for positive thoughts and experiences. With regular practice, meditation can help you to find a sense of inner peace and contentment.
For many of us, the fast-paced world we live in can be overwhelming and chaotic. It can be difficult to find a moment of peace and quiet. However, mediation can offer a way to find inner peace, even in the midst of chaos. When we meditate, we focus on our breath and allow our thoughts to pass by without judgment. This can help to calm our mind and body, and to find a sense of peace and stillness within ourselves. In addition, mediation can help us to become more aware of our thoughts and emotions, and to better understand the patterns that create stress in our lives. As we learn to let go of these patterns, we can find lasting inner peace.
During the final scene of the movie, Jeff, an inmate who finds out Steve’s true plan and ends up finally escaping from Spiderhead, says the final line of the movie in the form of a personal reflection on the whole thing going on during the movie: “I wish there was a self-forgiveness drug, you take it and everything starts over, everyone you ever loved, you did right by them, treated them like gold, and you feel like it’s all ahead of me, this beautiful life and all the pleasures of it, the love I could give, the good I could do, but there’s no drug like that, so we’re gonna have to do it for ourselves”
This is a power statement that resonated with me so much, there really isn’t a magic drug to fix your problems, and to make you happy, for that we have to actually create it for ourselves. I hope you find this inspiring enough to try creating your own happiness and that meditation helps you on your journey.