Saturday, February 17, 2007

Stranger Than Fiction

I watched Stranger Than Fiction the other day and thought that it was the most enjoyable movie i've watched in a really long time. i found myself resisting the urge to whip out my notebook and pen to actually write down quotes from the movie.

I tend to do that. Movie's, plays even conversations. I write them down. Just the stuff that inspire or provoke me. I feel like Anna saying "write them down BIG!"

watching that show, i began to question myself as well, "Am i in a comedy or a tragedy?" I mean life's what you make of it right? I could turn a tragedy into a
comedy, laugh at my mistakes and i'd be making my own stories. Right? But it wouldn't really be real i suppose...
Maybe tragedies are supposed to happen so you'd anticipate the comedies.

But I could do without the drama sometimes. I'm not saying my life is FULL of drama.
Far from it actually. But can't we ever just... be...?

"No more drama, no more no more drama"

One of my fav lines from the movie was when Harold Crick was trying to tell Dr. Jules Hilbert that the author was gonna kill his character: -
Dr. Jules Hilbert: Hell Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted.
Harold Crick: What is wrong with you? Hey, I don't want to eat nothing but pancakes, I want to live! I mean, who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?
Dr. Jules Hilbert: Harold, if you pause to think, you'd realize that that answer is inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led... and, of course, the quality of the pancakes.
That was like an "A-hA!" moment for me. I can't quite explain it, but that totally spoke to me about my curent phase in life. Choices i'm faced with. Losing one thing and gaining another. I think i'd pick pancakes too. =p

I wonder if we, like Harold Crick, knew what the end of our story was like, would choose to walk down that path nonetheless or would we choose to change our destinies?

That reminded me of one early morning conversation we had with the boss; about choices and free will : -

"Men make their own choices right? Will men ever make choices that go against the will of God? Since God is all-knowing, wouldn't he have had already predestined the choices that you will make? Did He WILL you to make the wrong choice? where does free will come in?"

I think we might not always have the kind of answers that people like to hear or want to hear. But I do have answers that satisfy me and i'm pretty content with that for now. Tragedy? Comedy? Maybe we're all just walking examples of a tragic comedy. And in my humble opinion, that ain't a bad thing. Keeps you on your toes, knowing you haven't arrived at that place where you were meant to be.
Kay Eiffel: [narrating] And so he did what countless punk-rock songs had told him to do so many times before: he lived his life.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone once said...

"I'd rather have a backache then have you not come"

it's 5am on the 4th day of the Chinese New Year. must be all the food and afternoon naps rolled into one huge insomnia tablet.

take care:)
missing ya loads:)

5:14 AM  
Blogger hoyden said...

i'm still trying to figure this one out....

10:35 AM  

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