Monday, 10 October 2011

"Life is Evil"

I went to see Lars Von Trier’s latest film Melancholia last night. It’s annoying me now, because as a film concerning the destruction of the planet and the collapse of the sham bourgeois values that keep this horrible human life on the road, it should have been a masterpiece, but to be honest, I nearly died of boredom. However, there was one magnificent moment. One of the characters is panicking as she realises the end is nigh, but her sister, a hard-edged cynic (in a great turn from Kirsten Dunst) puts her right:

Life is evil

Don’t mourn the planet

No one’s going to miss it


For that little speech alone, the movie deserves Oscars for best screenplay, best picture, best director and best actress!

9 comments:

  1. Karl,
    Life truly is evil. Does the sheer evil and horror of it all ever make you panic? That's my reaction, and it gets worse every year. My general anxiety and my panic attacks are starting to really interfere with my life. Am I just hypersensitive? Am I normal for an antinatatlist (for we, as a group, seem to be more attuned to the horror, I believe)?
    Oh, to be mindless and gleeful.

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  2. From the dawn of civilisations, man dreamt of casting off his flesh and ascending from the physical world; until the modern sham of "life is great/wonderful/..." with its "child-friendly" blinders upon education, the average man was capable of judging this world for something not worth attaching to.

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  3. Anonymous: I know exactly how you feel. The longer you dwell with that knowledge the worse it gets. I could weep for the bygone years when I could handle it all pretty coolly. I can only assume that as time passes and one’s own mortality becomes more felt the pressure of seeing it all for the farce that it is becomes more acute. Here’s hoping we can stick it out, my friend!


    Bazompora: Great comment. Someone on Shadow’s blog once made a comment to the effect that in the medieval period men were far more attuned to reality because death was all around them. Now optimism is the official world-ideology, in spite of the mountainous evidence to the contrary provided by history and experience, and death and pessimism are dirty words. Your thoughts also put me in mind of a comment by Ligotti in one of his interviews:

    Lovecraft's opening of "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family"--"Life is a hideous thing . . . ." This is the form of Decadence that has always interested me--the freedom, after thousands of years under the whip of uplifting religions and the tyrannical politics of the positive--which are nothing more than a means for crowd control--to speak to others who in their hearts could no longer lie to themselves about what they thought concerning the value, or rather lack of value, of human life.

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  4. Karl! Sorry to delay my comment!

    So I didn´t knew about this. I´m going to look for it here, and give it a go. You said it was boring - and a LOT of movies tend to be so nowadays - but if has this kind of sentences, it´s worth checking it, I guess.

    And thanks a lot for the link on that blogpost about Steve Jobs. I was looking for to read exactly something like it. We think very much alike, I can see.

    Cheers! =) Keep us updated!

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  5. Karl and Bazompora,

    Sister Y made a post a while ago about how earlier, childbirth was not made out to be "meaningful", and was a more "useful" thing for the parent -- help with work in the household and the fields and the trade.
    http://theviewfromhell.blogspot.com/2011/03/study-source-of-parental-joy-is-self.html

    I think this is relevant too
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychohistory#Psychogenic_mode

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  6. Shadow, cheers, man. Good luck if you go the movie! The last 15 minutes are kind of worth it, though.

    Srikant, thanks man! Very interesting articles. Hopefully the last stage of parental care in the pyschogenesis article will eventually be ultimate compassion: the parents decide not to procreate to spare the child!

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  7. Karl,

    Only, they won't be "parents" any more. =)

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  8. Lars Von Trier’s latest film Melancholia is a masterpiece!
    Maquiamelo

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  9. "...values that keep this horrible human life on the road", great words! couldn't agree more.

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