Saturday, November 19, 2005

Shadow of The Past

Recently I saw two movies; A History of Violence (starring Viggo Mortensen; directed by David Cronenberg), and Broken Flowers (starring Bill Murray and directed by Jimmy Jarmusch). Both the movies are completely different in all aspects. While ‘A History of Violence’ is a story about, how a man's criminal past comes to haunt and disturb his peaceful family life; ‘Broken flowers’ is about how a man's romantic past puts him in a puzzling and troublesome situation all of a sudden. But both the movies have one thing in common – probably the strongest element in both the movies - The Past.
We have heaps of books, advocating philosophies about 'living in present' and 'maximizing a moment'. However, when we are spending a moment, we are investing in a past. And quite often we forget that. It is wrong to worry too much about future. It is wrong to keep cribbing about past. Hence, one should live in the moment, one should make the most out of the moment. We have heard this so often!
However, when we live in present, our actions decide the direction we go. We don't live life in exclusive moments. We live in cumulative moments. Our actions, our choices, our decisions, keep accumulating. Our present is a mirror image of our choices, decisions and actions. All the actions that we take, all the choices that we make, create our present. But man forgets this too often. It is difficult to live separated from our roots and The Past is the one of the strongest of our roots. One can severe all the connections with the roots, but not past.
Past is also our creation. We all live with a shadow of our past. Shadow of past is like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hide. It may provide you a cozy shelter in scorching heat. But it may get too dark to make everything look bleak. But in any case, it will be there. It’s on us to choose, how we want our past to look like, in future. A more glamorous term for the past is history. Man is given an option to choose his own history. But few exercise this option, and those who do, create history.

Future is a stranger. Present is a spouse- supposed to be with you, but you never know! While Past is like our own child - our own creation - our own reflection. We can never cut ourselves off from it. We can never evade it. We belong to our past and our past belongs to us. We ought to love it- we ought to live it - and we ought to accept the responsibility for the way it is.

(The title of the picture: A Pleasant Shadow of the Past!!! - Can you suggest a better one? - Photo Courtesy: Dongjun Chen)

1 comment:

passion said...

Thanks. =)