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Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology

NeuroendocrinologyİLetters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology and Chronobiology, Editorial.
ISSNİ0172ñ780X Copyrightİ©İ2001 NeuroendocrinologyİLetters

NELVol. 22 No. 3
From the Art Director's Desk

2001; 22:151-152
pii: NEL220301E02


"It is a difference between knowing the path,
and walking the path."

"The Matrix"


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Ludwig Janus, who has submitted to this Journal his thoughts on the film "The Matrix".

Dr. Janus is a well known, widely respected psychoanalyst from Heidelberg, Germany, Consulting Editor of this Journal and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. He also serves his third term as the President of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.

Dr. Janus’ review of the film is in line with the philosophy of the Neuroendocrinology Letters, stresses the indivisible continuity of the human life from the prenatal stages, interacting with the psychosomatic phenomena of the individual in the society, and the mutual interdependencies between the individual destiny, its initiation process and between the society with the framework of rules, controls, boundaries including the choice of free will.

It is also about the inner individuation and can also be understood as a parable for modern depersonalization and the disintegration of the ego in the face of the overwhelming confusion of complex, mechanized social dominance.

To Dr. Janus, the message of the film is about the opportunities and the happiness derived from an integrated identity in a reality full of contradictions. Also the most difficult early traumas can be overcome using the individual’s very own charisma of his or her identity if given even a minimum amount of support.

We are made aware of things unexplainable and of unlimited possibility in this technologically "brave" new world. Edmund Husserl wrote nearly 100 years ago about the consciousness perceiving lived experiences in his treatises on phenomenology. The lived experiences may be real or unreal, but as conscious mental acts, they exist, they are given to us. As acts, as volitions, they exist in their appearing. Perhaps there is much more one can read into the film Dr. Janus has written about. What Neo perceives as two separate worlds, the one real, the other illusionary have thus equal merit.

Reading Dr. Janus’ review and seeing the film, one has to think of Albert Camus and his theses: art is a revolt against the lasting world and has as a task to change the world. In order to change the existing world, you have to abandon it.

The modern artist is a man in revolt. Revolt does not have to be destructive. It may be innovative and very constructive. Art has to reach the people, but in order to do so, you have to talk about the simple common issues, such as pleasure, the sunshine, passion, defy death.

The main point is that whatever you say or whatever you talk about, it must be sincere. The aim of art is not to condemn, but to understand.


Lili Maas

Art & Advertising Director

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