The God-Man of the Adjustment Beureau

Capturing Beauty

After my death, a young woman who was with my brother-in-law, exclaimed when we first met;

“There is a gold arua around that man.”

I was reading a book on the religions of India and had made up my mind to go there. I was twenty one. I died a virgin. My plan was adjusted when my friend’s girlfriend got in my bed, naked. She had to have me. I did not want this.

When I looked at the waves break on the sand, I asked for what I wanted. An amazing adjustment was made – and I beheld her beautiful face. I had to have her. After our incredible first kiss – we had to have each other.

When I and my beautiful first girlfriend, bonded, my best friend said;

“I’m going to take Marilyn from you – and destroy you!”

Some people hate me because I have seen Heaven. Others hate me because I have gazed deeply in a beautiful woman’s eyes. Whatever………..I am doomed!

When Rena and I awoke atop our mount above Monte Rio, a young man came out of the woods. He was thin, good looking, and sprouting a beard. He froze in his tracks when he saw how beautiful Rena was. He was holding a big potato in his hand. After a long, silence, he turned to me and made gestures. He pointed to the drawing pad I had just put on the picnic table. He picked up a pencil and wrote little words in one corner;

“Hi! I’m a Buddhist on a retreat. I have taken a vow of silence. Can I use your fire to cook my potato?”

“Be my guest!” I said with a beautiful smile. Then I watched him hurry to fire pit, throw his potato in the coals, and hurry back to sit next to me, and to take a long deep gaze into the eyes of the most beautiful woman – he will ever behold – thanks to Siddhartha.

An hour later, this Buddhist has filled up my 18X24 paper with meaningful chit-chat with my Midwest Goddess, who just had to ask;

“What is a Buddhist?”

I exhibited the patience of Job, lest I appear – possessive! But a mans can only stands so much, until he cans stand no more.

“I think you’re pataoe has burned to a crisp! Go check it!”

Getting my powerful hint, he went to fire and pulled out his morning potato, and slunk back into the woods.

But, what about his evening potato?

I then counted how many pieces of paper I have left. Three pieces! I had better render a drawing of Rena Christiasen – before it is too late.

“I want to go swimming. I want to appear half naked before six dozen California men in a bikini, and then dive into the water.”

“O.K. my beauty. Just let me do the dishes!”

From that moment on I hatched a dozon dark plots an hour on how I could capture beauty, put her in a tower, and keep her to myself, because I was not alone in this dark design. I could trust no one, not even the wanna-be Buddhist Monk who lived in a Buddhist commune in San Francisco – and if he could pass this last test, then he’s in like flint. He told Reana he would be tested when he returned. Fellow Monks would read his aura to judge how clean it was. I didn’t give him a showballs chance in hell of passing. I had the evidence of his monkey chatter with my chic, right here…………….in my cold dead hands!

Jon Presco

Copyright 2011

The film is about an aspiring painter named Dustin who meets a woman named Christiane. Dustin is on a search for love, sex, and inspiration. When Christiane dumps him and disappears as quickly as she dropped in, Dustin embarks on an obsessive search in Southern California to find her.

Supposing we are just sitting with Baba on the veranda and talking to him, and Baba sees a man passing on the road, and he says “Padri, go and call that man. Just see who is that man.”… The contact is established. And he may call him, ask him the questions, “Who are you, where are you from, where are you going, what are you doing,” and what-not. And if he is down-and-out, he might give him something, some rupees or some clothes or food or something, and in like manner the contact is established. That’s the start…he is on his way. Now, he has met God in person, he doesn’t know it! The soul doesn’t know it. What more does he want? … There have been hundreds of such experiences during our travels with Baba, our stay with Baba. We never questioned it, mind you, but we could understand it, definitely.”

Baba was particularly interested in the film industry. Accordingly, he spent one week in Hollywood, California beginning on May 29th, meeting with a number of people connected with that industry and visiting the Paramount and Goldwyn Mayer film studios. He met a number of film stars including Boris Karloff, Cary Grant, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier, and gave private interviews to some. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford arranged for a private reception at their mansion, “Pickfair”. Ms. Pickford had Baba sit on a sofa and she sat on the carpet at his feet. Her husband and the rest joined her, and Baba explained:
The whole universe and its structure, I have created. The universe is my cinema. But just as an audience becomes absorbed in witnessing a drama on the screen, and the film engages their emotions and sways their feelings by its influence, causing them to forget that it is not real–in the same way, the spectators of the world are charmed by this worldly film show, forgetting themselves and taking it to be real!

So I have come to tell them that this worldly cinema in which they are absorbed is not real. I have come to turn their focus toward Reality. Only God is real, and everything else is a mere motion picture!
In a private meeting before dinner with Ms. Pickford and a few others, Baba commented on the film industry itself:
I do not need to tell you who are engaged in the production and distribution of motion pictures what a power you hold in your hands, nor do I doubt that you are fully alive to the responsibilities which the wielding of that power involves. He who stimulates the imagination of the masses can move them in any direction he chooses, and there is no more powerful an instrument for stimulating their imagination than motion pictures. People go to the theatre to be entertained. If the play is strong, they come away transformed. They surrender their hearts and minds to the author, producer, director and stars, and follow the example which they see portrayed before their eyes more than they themselves realize.(16)

When Norris arrives at work, he finds his boss (also his childhood friend and his former campaign manager) Charlie Traynor is frozen in place in the middle of a conference room. Unfamiliar men led by Richardson, some in black combat gear, wave strange, glowing devices around Traynor’s head. Richardson shouts for his men to grab Norris. David starts running and the men give chase. The chase winds through the entire office but it goes completely unnoticed by the rest of the office staff. Like Traynor, they appear to be frozen and are completely unaware of their surroundings. Eventually, Norris is incapacitated and taken to a vast, dark, and empty convention hall to meet Richardson and his men.
The repercussions of Mitchell and Richardson’s botched operation are so severe that Richardson’s supervisor arrives on the scene. He reminds his junior of an unrelated snafu decades earlier that was still legendary among Bureau operatives. The Bureau’s attempts to fix it had been so complex, and so completely fruitless, that “In the end,” he advises Richardson, “we just leveled with him.”
Richardson explains to David that he and his fellow “caseworkers” are no mere men. They’re from the “Adjustment Bureau.” The caseworkers all appear to be normal people in plain suits and hats. They’re visible to humanity and blend in seamlessly on the streets. They all have the personalities and demeanor of dedicated (but slightly weary) civil servants. But they somehow know every choice that every person makes before they make it, which Richardson quickly proves to David (“Think of a number. It’s 17”).
The job of the Bureau’s caseworkers is to ensure that people’s lives proceed as determined by “the plan”, a complex document Richardson attributes to “the Chairman.”[7][8] If people unknowingly deviate from the plan that the Chairman has set for them, the Caseworkers can usually put them back “on plan” via subtle, conventional “adjustments” to simple events taking place around them. For instance, Mitchell’s purpose in causing Norris to spill coffee on himself that morning was so that David would return to his apartment to change into a clean shirt, thus causing him to miss his bus, thus causing him to fail to reconnect with his mystery woman from the hotel bathroom.
When an “adjustment” won’t suffice, the Bureau can stage a hands-on “intervention” in which the subject’s brain is physically altered to shift their natural decision making pathways towards the choices defined by The Plan. This is the scene that Norris had stumbled upon earlier. Norris was supposed to have missed his bus and been ten minutes late, by which time the Bureau would have completed their intervention of Traynor inside the office and left behind no trace or memory of themselves or the intervention.
Richardson assures David that Charlie is fine and will not remember his adjustment. Norris is warned that if he talks about the Bureau, he will be “reset”—akin to being lobotomized. Finally, without really explaining the reason why, Richardson informs David that he is not meant to meet Elise again. He burns the card containing her phone number and tells David to forget her. Mitchell, who appears to be slightly more soft-hearted than Richardson, meets with David on a ferry shortly afterward and urges him to take their warnings seriously. Forget about Elise. And don’t tell anybody about the Bureau.
But for the next three years, David rides that same bus downtown every day, hoping to see Elise. He finally does encounter her one day and they reconnect. Richardson and other caseworkers attempt to prevent David from building his relationship with Elise by causing him to miss the dance rehearsal that he had promised to attend; she’s already suspicious about the “lost phone number” and she would never give David a third chance. David races across town, fighting the Bureau’s abilities to “control his choices” to ensure he will meet Elise again. Things that would otherwise seem like common, petty annoyances — his cellphone suddenly drops a call, cabs ignore him, traffic lights turn red just as he’s approaching the intersection — are actually the Bureau attempting to delay David long enough to miss Elise’s rehearsal. During the chase across the city, the Bureau uses ordinary doorways to magically travel instantly to another location many blocks away. Ultimately, the caseworkers fail, and David sees Elise dance. He now feels even closer to Elise than ever before.
The importance of breaking the couple up is now so great that the case has been “kicked upstairs” and taken out of Richardson’s control. Richardson discovers that David and Elise “were meant to be together in an earlier version of the plan”, and Harry speculates on whether or not the plan is always correct. David and Elise spend an evening at a party, connecting when David tells her he became a politician after the loss of his mother and brother. They spend the night together, cementing their personal bond the next morning.
The Bureau has handed David’s case over to Thompson, whose blunt approach has earned him the nickname “The Hammer.” Thompson is far more frank and direct and is granted wider latitude in dealing with problems. He takes Norris to the same dark, empty convention center where he first learned of the Bureau. David argues that he — and Humanity — has the right to choose their own path. Thompson tells David that they gave humanity free will after the height of the Roman Empire, but humanity then brought the Dark Ages down upon itself. The Bureau took control again and created the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. When free will was returned around 1910 it resulted in two world wars and the near destruction of the planet with a nuclear conflict.
Thompson explains that when David lost his family during his childhood, it created an emotional void in him that as an adult, David filled by seeking the attention, approval and love of the electorate. This drive will ultimately take him to the Presidency, where David will go on to “change the world.” However, Elise’s impulsive nature would amplify his own and cause David to re-make the same kinds of childish mistakes that had cost him his previous election to the Senate. Thompson releases David and urges him to go catch the end of Elise’s performance at her dance studio. Thompson follows, and tells David that if he stays with Elise, he will ruin Elise’s future as well as his own. According to The Plan, Elise is to become one of the world’s greatest choreographers and marry the man she was formerly engaged to. But if she stays with David, Elise will be limited to teaching dance to children. Thompson uses his adjustment power to cause Elise to fall and sprain her ankle. The doctors assure her that she will recover completely in a few weeks’ time, but Thompson has made his point. David, not willing to rob Elise of her dreams of success and fulfillment as a dancer, chooses to abandon her at the hospital.

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1 Response to The God-Man of the Adjustment Beureau

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    I am going to the real level.

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