Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Waking Life

Waking Life (by Richard Linklater)

Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld. While trying to figure out a way to wake up, he runs into many people on his way; some of which offer one sentence asides on life, others delving deeply into existential questions and life's mysteries. We become the main character. It becomes our dream and our questions being asked and answered. Can we control our dreams? (yes) What are they telling us about life? About death? About ourselves and where we come from and where we are going? The film does not answer all these for us. Instead, it inspires us to ask the questions and find the answers ourselves.

Some quotes: Dream is destiny

The trick is to combine your waking rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams. Because, if you can do that, you can do anything.

The message here is that we should never write ourselves off and see ourselves as the victim of various forces, it's always our decision who we are.

Actually, there’s only One Instant, and it’s right now, and it’s eternity. And it’s an instant, in which God is posing a question, and that question is basically, “Do you wanna be one with eternity, do you want to be in heaven?” And we’re all saying, “Nooo, thank you, not just yet.” And so time is actually just this constant saying, “No” to God’s invitation.

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