Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Shape of the Arc of Life

Today is Thursday, 30 October 2008.

Let’s take another day of break from the Presidential campaign. (Not really: you may detect themes of the current campaign in the following.)

I hope McCain continues such a fine job of self-deconstruction/demolition that even many of Sarah Palin’s Americans Like Us give him the back of their hands.

(At an Ohio McCain rally, for various reasons, Joe the Plumber, who is, of course, not a real plumber, failed to show as promised, and McCain in vain canvassed the crowd for him. McCain then ranted: "You're all Joe the Plumbers!"

Not quite the ethical and emotional impact of:

)

On this date in 1932, was born the great French cinema director, Louis Malle, who perished far too young, on 23 November 1995.

Among his triumphs: Atlantic City, Vanya on 42nd Street, and, mayhap my favourite, My Dinner With Andre:



And how about another dinner:



A natural progression, for we are all Number 6:



From a 1977 interview with Patrick McGoohan, creator and actor of The Prisoner:

"I think progress is the biggest enemy on earth, apart from oneself… I think we're gonna take good care of this planet shortly… there's never been a weapon created yet on the face of the Earth that hadn't been used…"

"…We're run by the Pentagon, we're run by Madison Avenue, we're run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don't revolt we'll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche… As long as we go out and buy stuff, we're at their mercy. We're at the mercy of the advertiser and of course there are certain things that we need, but a lot of the stuff that is bought is not needed…"

"…We all live in a little Village… Your village may be different from other people's villages but we are all prisoners."

Herewith, the theme from The Prisoner:



Herewith, what the Museum of the Bourgeois is all about:



"I am not a number. I am a person".

Your weight and fate.

Today's mournful oatmeal: Seize the day!

The shape of the arc of life is up to us.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Hari said...

Be seeing you at the poll.

3:30 AM  

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