Sunday, February 24, 2013

Existence

12 Noon - Antidote for existence
In Woody Allen's fabulous movie, "Midnight in Paris" there is a line which reads: 
“The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”

During an interview with Woody Allen, this subject came up. Here is an excerpt from that interview:
   
I asked Allen if he agrees with the lines he wrote for Gertrude Stein in the film, in which she states that the job of the artist is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence. “I don’t know if I believe that myself,” he replies. “That’s all easy enough to attribute to a character in a movie, and one could make a case for that — that the job of the artist is to show why life, despite all its horror and brutality, is worth living and is a valuable thing.

But one could also take the position that it’s not the job of the artist to do anything at all — just to make the best art that he can, because art gives pleasure and pleasure gives distraction, and distraction is the only thing that gets us by, really.” Woody Allen Interview - LA Weekly


Conclusion: This is exactly what I have writing to you for weeks! Distraction is the thing that gets us thru. And my distraction is watching movies! Nothing wrong with that. If it works for me, it is what I should be doing.


Watching this video makes me happy!



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