Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thoughtful comments from W.A.

I read this on a machine embroidery website, of all things, but if you read it slowly and think about each line, it makes sense..

"To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you're getting this down." Woodie Allen

Now it just so happens that I have a W.A. movie that came from Netflix this week. I never saw it in its entirety. I think that once I watched it half way thru and thought 'this is dribble' and turned it off...but here it is a million years later and I still read references to it I decided to watch it in totality. I feel 'in the dark' every time someone references it. Seems like I remember it being in black and white, or maybe that was just my impression.

Last week I watched (on several chunks of time) "No Direction Home" a two CD set of a movie about Bob Dylan. It kills me to see him looking old. I think of Bob Dylan as AGELESSSSSSSS. Dylan and his music were the biggest and most constant thing ever in the background music of my entire college life. I cant even think about the time when no one knows who he was.
He had 4 kids and never mentioned them in all this long interview movie. I looke da couple of them up online. One is a film producer, he even looks old himself ! Another one is a son who has a couple kids himself now, he was on David Letterman the other night as a solo singer. No where nearly as mesmerizing as his dad. Hard act to follow, no doubt. So Bob Dylan is a grandfather. Wonder what kind of grandfather he is ?

Even w/ 4 hours of interviews and film clips, they basically said nothing about his personal life...I was disappointed in that. It is the kind of thing you can listen to and look up every so often, and if you miss something you really want to see, then use the back button (if you can read it in that tiny print).

Here is another interesting quote that I ran across today:
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
- Robertson Davies

I do not know who Robertson Davies is or was.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Happiness is a result of stuff that "happens." See the root word? So, you can choose to be happy but it's because of something, so the guy is right about a by-product of something. Joy, on the other hand, comes from inside and does not depend on stuff that happens. One can choose to be joyful- or have a joyful attitude- it's up to you. But if you know the Source of all joy, then it is alot easier to have joy. He puts it in you and it just manifests itself and He can cause it to grow, flourish and even overflow from you to others. Cool.