MOVIE: WAKING LIFE

“The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity is that I think it has something very important to offer us in the 21st century. I’m afraid we’re losing the real virtues of living life passionately, the sense of taking responsibility for who you are, the sense of making something for yourself and feeling good about life. Existentialism is often discussed as if it is a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre, once interviewed, said he never felt despair in his life. But one thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish in life so much as a real kind of exuberance , of being on top of it…a sense that your life is yours to create…The more that you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as fragmented or marginalized, what you do is open up a whole new world of EXCUSES, and when Sartre talks about responsibility he’s not talking about something abstract, he’s not talking about the kind of self or soul that theologians may talk about; it’s something very concrete: it’s you and me talking, it’s making decisions, doing things and taking the consequences. It might be true that there are [7] billion people in the world and counting, nevertheless, what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference first of all in material terms, it makes a difference to other people, and it sets an example. And sure, I think the message here is that we should never write ourselves off and see ourselves as the victims of certain forces. It’s always OUR DECISIONS WHO WE ARE.” — Professor from movie Waking Life something to 11:10

“The manifestations of this neo-human type evolution? [Now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space]…the manifestations could be dramatically counterintuitive, that’s the interesting part. The old evolution is old, it’s sterile, it’s efficient, ok, and the manifestations of those social adaptations? You’re talking about Parasitism, Dominance, Morality, War, Predation; these will be subject to de-emphasis, to de-evolution. The new evolutionary paradigm will give us the human traits of Truth, of Loyalty, of Justice, of Freedom – these would be the manifestations of the new evolution…” – guy talking in restaurant

“…it’s like we’re all telepathically sharing our experiences…” dude talking to girl in bed, around 25 mins…

“…the trick is to combine your waking, rational abilities with the infinite possibilities of your dreams…because if you can do that, then you can do ANYTHING…” – guy playing guitar around 49 mins…

“…to quote Stephenson: ‘suicide carried off many; drink and The Devil took care of the rest…”

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