Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Last night, enthralled, I watched Matilda, a child’s tale, a fantasy with clear line dividing good and bad, based on a Roald Dahl tale about a six year-old super smart kid with telekinetic skills. Why do we need to believe? Is it a desperate scramble to hold on to anything, something? Why do we make up improbable tales, knowing fully well they are beyond what is real? Perhaps the need to feel hope despite and notwithstanding, is genetic.

Another June 9. With the years, I see the good that was there- and there was so much solidly good, so much that changed my life. The bad I acknowledge, but its like reading lines in a history book.


7 comments:

manuscrypts said...

hope, yes, and an affection/need for beliefs/values which we have acquired over time and experiences.. or is there a fight between the two? "liked" :)

Mumbai 58 said...

Why do we make up improbable tales, knowing fully well they are beyond what is real?
Because History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives

PQ said...

A street near home goes by the name Mathilda :-)

PipeTobacco said...

Austere:

Mathilda is indeed a good film. I enjoyed it myself. While in Chicago, I have walked outside yesterday, and depending upon the weather, I will walk outside again (although it is rather crowded and slower going) or inside in the massive hallways of the Crowne Plaza... I will walk/jog the length of the large, expansive hallways and up the stairs to the next level of each of the 30 or so floors. I will repeat the hallway running across each of the floors.

PipeTobacco
http://frumpyprofessor.blogspot.com

austere said...

PT- ach you must have good knees, to take on the staircases across 30 flrs- but what commitment!

PQ- :) Is it a fun street?

Mumbai 58- or they pursue some other harebrained avenue?

manuji- sometimes things are not at all rational, yet we believe.need for something to grasp, no? ty kindly. :)

quin browne said...

i adore 'matilda' and remember watching it when it first came out... another favourite of roald dahl's is 'the witches'.

funny, this amazing writer of children's work is so often held back from children--when he actually was quite brilliant in holding out the fears childhood holds for us...

austere said...

I loved the girl's acting- met someone who was like this kid when she was young- still holds memories at 65+.