posted on Oct, 29 2008 @ 08:12 PM
The article titled “What I’ve learned” wasn’t of particular interest to me. It contained quotes from great men such as Desmond Tutu and Nelson
Mandela, but what caught my attention was that in the middle of a former president and a cleric of South Africa, both rivals of apartheid, was an
actor; Clint Eastwood. Curiosity stopped me.
What could he have to say?
“Take your profession seriously; don’t take yourself seriously. You really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out there. If you
take yourself seriously, you’re not going to be able to move forward. You’re going to be hampered by always wanting to look in the mirror and see
if you have enough tuna oil on your hair or something like that.”
I really liked that, “You really only matter to a certain degree...” but I think Clint was being generous. Let me explain why…
A thousand years ago.
As important now as we were then.
A thousand years from now.
As indispensable as we will be then, right now.
The vantage point of the endless universe of unknown age.
Our life seen as insignificant as a snowflake, with an equal longevity.
Ever seen Saving Private Ryan? Do you remember how you felt when you watched those heroic patriots storm the beach of Normandy as brave men dropped
like flies? That was someone’s son. That was someone’s father. That was someone’s husband. Their lives were snuffed out like candles in the
I got the same feeling when I watched We Were Soldiers. Especially the scene where a brave young man carries a wounded soldier to a chopper, and turns
to go retrieve another only to have his life ended by a bullet.
Here one second, gone the next.
Sometimes I like to look at a picture of a huge crowd and just imagine that I’m somewhere in there. I never recognize anyone, but I obviously
can’t find myself. I’m not there. And really, that’s just how significant I am. And I don’t care how powerful, how popular, or rich you are,
that’s really just how significant you are, too.
Yeah, I know, the motto here on ATS is “Deny Ignorance”, but from the way I see it, if you don’t deny arrogance, it doesn’t really matter what
you know… unless first you KNOW you’re a nobody. (Way too many think they're a knowbody.)
Yeah, Clint, I totally agree with you. “If you take yourself (( or anyone else)) seriously, you won’t be able to move forward. If you do, you’ll
really be distracted.” Constantly checking yourself in the mirror to make sure your pretty boy hair-do is just right, or “to see if you have
enough tuna oil in your hair…” or something ridiculous and insignificant like that.
[edit on 29-10-2008 by apaulo]