I saw the Avatar movie a few days back. Beautiful concepts were presented in the movie.
After seeing the huge robot being operated by a man sitting inside it, after the movie I felt like my body was a robot and I was sitting inside and operating it. And when I drove my car back home, I was wondering how different is my body than the car. One of the central themes of movie was about the nature of the person operating this physical entity called body. In the movie, there is a machine by which a person can be transfered from a human body to that of an alien. People switch between the two bodies easily at will. This keeps happening throughout the movie. This drives the strong message that I am not the body, but the person who resides in and activates the body. The body is just a vehicle and an instrument.
It was interesting to think what was common and what was different between the bodies. The different bodies have different physical characteristics and abilities. What is common is knowledge and the sense of values. When a man sits in a robot, the sense of values of the man is the continuing factor. So the capabilities of the robot is used to manifest the good or bad values of the man operating it. This gives a clear message of what is mine and what is not mine in life. The world, friends, relations, physical abilities, and to an extent even secular knowledge are all only adjuncts that help me to manifest myself. My sense of values is the one that defines me. So, that is where I should put in maximum effort to develop. Real development is refinement and elevation in the sense of values.
Another nice concept in the movie is the clash between two cultures. One is technologically advanced, but spiritually stunted. The other is spiritually advanced, but technologically primitive. The former has destroyed their home planet and has come to the alien planet in search of minerals. The latter lives a very harmonious sustainable life with due respect to every plant and animal on its planet. The former is driven by greed and conflict. The latter is driven by magnanimity and trust. The stark contrast between the two cultures is highlighted beautifully.
And the grand finale is when the feat of transferring a person from one body to another temporarily, which was achieved by great technological advancement, is done permanently by the other people by their religious rites. The technologically advanced culture has not yet found how to do the transfer permanently, without having to maintain the original body in a machine.