Sunday, August 21, 2011

Look around you....

Do you really see? Do you use your eyes and look through
...not just on? All these pieces that are built around us. Forming the castle we call society
What is it there to protect you agsinst?
Do you run around in your own circle? - thinking your forced way was created by yourself? Did you ever see the barrs that fenced you in? Did you ever look out and longed to break free? Did you ever question the things you have done? Did you ever realize the slow death of your soul?
entrapped in a soft, gentle, suffocating loveembrace - with school, money, career, house, loans, papers, satisfaction, ego
a slow distruction
a gentle dieing
of the free, lovely, playfull being that you are
Why do you seek these things? Do you think they will make you happy? - more complete? - fulfilled? At peace at last?
Do you think a marriage contract will make you love more?
Do you think being beautifull will make others like the real you better?
Do you think knowing time will make you more in control?
Do you think a house will make you feel safer?
Do you think prestige makes your selfworth deepen?
Do you think money will make you happier and more free?
Do you think having the things other people have will make you more accepted?

Do you think any of these things will last?

Let us run away together! ;-)

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Into the wild

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and the music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
Lord Byron

I love nature like nothing else. Maybe because I feel it is the one thing that can get me back to the thing we all hunt around after when it comes down to it, the feeling of a meaning with our lives - a feeling of importance, an answer without a question. So, that is how nature make me feel, an answer arises inside of me in the forest, in its stillness, babbling brooks and shimmering lights. A feeling of purpose coming from nowhere and arriving within. I am at peace there, and I need nothing more than the trees and existence itself.
Because of this I have always been touched deeply by different medias describing this feeling, such as films, books and poetry. One of these were the film "Into the wild"

Into the Wild is a film based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless.
Christopher McCandless is a top student at Emory University and an athlete. After graduating, he decides to give $24,000 of his savings account to Oxfam and later, to burn all the money in his wallet. He hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wild. During his adventure, he encounters several unique people that change his life before he faces the dangers of wilderness.
A story of a man who left society behind in his search for truth. The truth within himself and the truth in being.

Thought about the film:

It is a story as old as stories themselves, a theme which we have seen or heard in many variations before - A man leaving his old, safe life behind, going into the unknown, looking for true meaning. And many movies have also been made of the subject.
I am tempted to call these movies the "Carpe Diem-films". The stories that are meant to show you something deeper, that is whispering softly, or shouting out loud to you - "seize the day!" Disappointingly often these films are just a stew of sentimentalism that hardly ever seem heartfelt or genuine (e.g: the movie "The bucket list", featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman)
But "Into the wild" is something different. It is an exception to the rule, a story that genuinely speaks from the heart and also reach you there...this movie wakes you up, shakes you. It crawls under your skin and moves you. And maybe it might even make you rethink some of your life values.
It is a movie quite unlike what we are used to these days in the film-land of sentimental trow-up. At least I feel that I haven´t seen anything like it in a long time.
Into the wild is really worth a visit to the movies and hopefully, maybe later, it will take you to a visit to the forest ;-)

- Official site
- The original article that inspired to the book