Man's search for meaning, whether in Victor Frankl's experiences and survival skills acquired in a concentration camp or Willy Loman driving at Rush-Hour, waiting in a long Grocery line at the end of the day, and dayin day-out grind of the long march to retirement: both require very similiar perspectives and mind set to have a healthy and well adjusted disposition to the fate that brought you to that life style.
"Letting the days go by, into silent water
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done? "
No, it's money. Liquid assets, if you will.
So, this is a well-produced little film encouraging recent college grads to essentially adhere to the Golden Rule and to "Love thy neighbor as thyself," rules once taught to very small children on Mommy or Daddy's or Grandma's knee. It is a call to find meaning in ordinary life (beyond one's extended childhood of being "special")--entirely without mentioning God at all, and while outright denying the entire concept of "morality," but while touting the assumed advantages of a college education. What sad pretezels these post-modern mortals be.
On the other hand, at least mentioning Golden Rule principles to recent grads is probably a good idea for what's left of society.
Hmmm... time for some Ground hog Day quotes:
First D.J.: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
Second D.J.: That blizzard - thing. That blizzard - thing. Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a "big blizzard thing!"
First D.J.: Yessss, they are. But you know, there's another reason why today is especially exciting.
Second D.J.: Especially cold!
First D.J.: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: - On their chapped lips...
First D.J.: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
Second D.J.: Punxsutawney Phil!
First D.J.: Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's
Both: GROUNDHOG DAY!
Phil: It's the same things your whole life. "Clean up your room." "Stand up straight." "Pick up your feet." "Take it like a man." "Be nice to your sister." "Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh yeah, "Don't drive on the railroad track."
Gus: Eh, Phil. That's one I happen to agree with.
Sad pretzel, indeed.
A lot of good ideas despite fundamental flaws.
"Don't think I'm moralizing" (but if you don't do what I'm suggesting your life will be miserable!)
"I'm not talking about the big questions" (because in four years of indoctrination we've convinced you that they aren't so important after all.)
"The only capital 'T' Truth is..." (uhm, I guess it really is the 'default position'. It's all about YOU and YOUR ability to choose which fantasy you will believe at any given moment. Well, never mind.)
Since we can't say "God is Love" (how despicably judgmental is that!) it is soooo much better to educate young minds to say "Have a nice day" even when, no, especially when they don't mean it. Yeah, that's the ticket!!
This is what passes for Liberal Arts Education/Indoctrination today. There is Nothing "in whom we live and move and have our being" except ourselves. So, trust the platitudes now and again and you'll feel better for awhile. They want kids to borrow $100,000 for THAT!?!?
FWIW: David Foster Wallace, the writer of the wors spoken in the video linked above, committed suicide by hanging himself on September 12, 2008.
I guess he lost the thread.
Wow. Thanks for the head up Fatman. I should have read this in the videos summary on You Tube.
Knowing the Truth is very different from incorporating it into your life. Though he 'spoke' some very powerful tools in this video, they were still insufficient for him.
Opens a new vista for me in regards to him keeping 'God' and 'Religion' out his speech.