Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The road to where?

I don't often go to the theater or cinema. I'm not a "catch it on opening night" kind of guy. So tonight I am watching "The Road to Perdition" with Tom Hanks. Wow. Incredible movie. I see it as a movie about making choices. With each choice comes a chance. With each chance comes a change. It's also a movie about loyalty, family and trust. Where do we stand on such issues? Where does anyone stand? These things are not concrete. They are concepts. Human concepts. Yet they determine the extent of our relationships with others. Determinant factors one might call them. To whom are we loyal? In whom do we trust? Is family the final answer? Does run thicker than water?

So many questions, so little time. I find that the more I contemplate this life, the more questions I devise, the fewer answers that I come by and the more confused I remain. I've never really had faith in my fellow human beings. I've never felt the need. Humans are capricious, self serving and for the most part pretentious. The funny thing is that on one level I crave social interaction and on another level I despise it. I am often reminded of something I read in "The Brothers Karamazov." The priest said something to the effect of "The more I love Man the more I Mankind, the more I love Mankind the more I man."

But the truth is I need people in my life. I need to depend upon them. I need for them to depend upon me. Interdependence is what we've built our societies upon. It is the cornerstone of humanity.

2 comments:

kmvr said...

I agree we were made to be interdependent but the meaning of it seems to be lost these days with all the preaching of individualism. Helping other people seems to translate into the opening of wallets now and then to make ourselves feel better. "Yeah I gave to the Tsunami victims/homeless shelter" but yet we don't even know our own neighbors.
I do well when I get up in the morning with the mindset that I am ready, willing and able to serve my fellow human beings and put my"self" on the backburner. It's amazing the opportunities I get when I'm thinking like that.

Edster said...

kmvr,

I agree with you. Attitude is more important than knowledge in certain circumstances. I know that when I came into my position here at the body shop, I was told that it was horrible and that I would hate it. I steeled myself against that attitude and decided to do my best job and look at it as a new opportunity for me to prove myself.