Tonight, we watched Shaolin (2011), starring Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. Set in the early 20th century following the fall of the Qing dynasty, it focuses on how the Shaolin spirit embodies the traditional values regarding Life in an increasingly chaotic country overrun by warlords and Western powers fighting for territory, buried treasures and ultimate rulership. The treasures they dig up are valuable, but in the same process they ignorantly destroy something more precious than bronzeware and jewellery - they destroy their humanity.
This is a moving story of a ruthless warlord who, in realising his wrongdoings, attempts to repent his sins by following the teachings of Buddhism and immersing himself in the beliefs and lifestyle of Shaolin. But it is more than just that. In this dog eat dog world setting, Karma as a theme is predominant, but I believe it goes further than that. The film shows karma, not as something done at the whim of Fates, but because those around us see our actions and learn from them. Our distrust in everyone around us, results in the second generation's distrust in everyone around them, even their own family.
In the fight to gain power and territory, who, really, ultimately wins?
It is the teachings of Shaolin which attempts to answer this, that the struggle for power results in no one winning, because it will only become a vicious cycle of plundering, protecting and massacre in order to protect.
In living a life which was given by chance, why can't we live life by leaving our fate to chance? No one is born useless, everyone is born for a purpose, no matter how important or trivial.
A person's life is merely a blink in time. In the bigger scheme of things, we are only small specks of dust. So really, we have no need to take ourselves so seriously. It is more important to take our work seriously, to live our life to the fullest so that our chance at life is not wasted. Whether your purpose is to be a beacon of hope, or giving and helping others, or merely giving those around you some little joy in life - do not waste this life in exploitation and personal gain of wealth, for in the end you can't take any of that with you to the grave.
"A piece of gold or pile of dirt, which is more useful?"
"I will go with a piece of gold."
"And what if i gave you a seed?"
Sorry for bagging you out in the last few posts. You're alright :)
I've found out that when I get depressed about the whole world (well, my own little world, at least), I tend to wax lyrical. And they're pretty okay ramblings as well.
Take this for example:
( (Waxing lyrical...)Collapse )
This was written at, around 3am, a week ago, on my phone.
Sometimes I wonder what the hell is up with my brain...
And yes, this *waves at prose above* is me trying to come to terms with the idea that I might just be a normal human being given enough ability to affect only those immediately around me. It was...heart-wrenching...
( In which I can actually rant more but my fingers are tired from typing Collapse )
From Your Irate Daughter
Namely, I wanna try Poland. ^___^