The keyword in the movie Days of Heaven (1978), by director Terrence Malick, is hubris.
The protagonists are an unmarried couple struggling to survive.
Bill is a man with an older and more developed soul than T. Malick’s other protagonist Kit in Badlands (1973).
His emotional field is better developed. He expresses anger toward his boss, compassion for his companion, and tenderness toward his sister.
However, his soul is still in a very immature condition.
He cannot predict the consequences of his actions (i.e., the scene with the factory’s boss) or make proper planning for the implementation of his own ideas.
Prompted by false pride and a desire for a better life, Bill seeks a shortcut to becoming rich. However, due to low consciousness, his vision is limited and he does not see the consequences of his actions.
Bill accidentally causes harm to another person (the husband of his girlfriend), which leads to the man’s death.
This act generates negative karma* for Bill and, as a result, punishment. This punishment is severe – he loses his young life.
Now he is forced to forever part with his girlfriend and sister.
*Punishment by karma always indicates that the spiritual being follows the values of Light. Suffering as a karmic lesson is an opportunity to rethink what has been done and improve yourself for the next life-project.
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