03rd Mar 2007

Because

Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four, or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless..

(Paul Bowles – quoted by Brandon Lee in his last interview)

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How many more times will you eat a pizza? Perhaps 500. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you eat a bánh chưng? Perhaps 10, perhaps not even that, and yet it all seems limitless (anyway some exercises are good).


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How many more times will you get a boyfriend? Perhaps 1, or 2, perhaps not even that, and yet it all seems limitless .

10 Responses to “Because”

  1. zim Says:

    Có triệu chứng… perhaps not even that :P

  2. Phat Says:

    that’s also a beauty of life, isn’t it, _living a life in ignorance of our limited time and experiences? I’m not sure how many people will enjoy watching the full moon rise and make a tick out of his/her life calendar book _”12 more and i’ll expire”.

    The helpless awareness of the unavoidable future is even more terrible than the fear of uncertainty ahead. That’s why i find it so ironic that so many people (especially girls :p ) are so fascinated in fortune telling. :)

  3. today20 Says:

    The future is at the same time scary, mysterious and terribly unavoidable. So isn’t it evident the fascination in future telling? :p Isn’t it a kind of comfort sometimes? :p If you don’t have or don’t dare to take other kinds of comfort :-D

  4. Phat Says:

    if it’s truely unavoidable future, what’s so comfortable about we cannot do anything about it? :p

  5. today20 Says:

    The comfort is in your belief that you know the unavoidable :p so it’s not uncertain anymore :p (or less uncertain, I guess, as I’m not fan of future telling).

    There are so many kinds of comfort. For this one is God, for other one is Love, for other other one is money ;)) and for other other others is a certain future :p isn’t it human? :p

  6. Linh Says:

    Cái anh Brandon Lee này có phải là cái anh con trai của Lý Tiểu Long xong bị chết khi đóng phim không nhỉ?

  7. Phat Says:

    hehe, yes, human are curious, and to some, the mystery of future is so tempting. And yes, there’re people who seek comfort in believing a certain (or helpless :p) future. I don’t question that. I just challenge the logic of pursuing something either not true or totally useless, if not disturbing. Btw, “ironic” doesn’t mean “inhuman”. :p

  8. ngau Says:

    Hey, you two talk too big men, well, perhaps not even that, and yet you all seems limitless :p

  9. Nam Says:

    actually it isn’t Brandon Lee’s quote. “In an interview just prior to his death, Brandon quoted a passage from Paul Bowles’ book The Sheltering Sky that he had chosen for his wedding invitations; it is now inscribed on his tombstone” – Wikipedia

  10. today20 Says:

    Ya, thank you for correction. Edited.

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