The Sunset Limited (Cormac McCarthy, Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson) film recommendation
The Sunset Limited, an outstanding (HBO) film based on Cormac McCarthy’s play of that name, is a production for the intelligent, thoughtful and spiritually questioning viewer. And to be spiritually based, one must always be questioning, for only then is truth being sought. I viewed it on DVD last night.
This is powerful dialogue between “White,” (Tommy Lee Jones) a professor who has decided upon a permanent solution to his unhappiness by murdering himself and “Black,” (Samuel L Jackson) a man (ex-con background) of faith living in a New York tenement.
This is drama at its best – realistic, gritty, and indicative of the inner (and occasional though extremely rare outer) debate the thoughtful have when viewing the evils around them. And within such emotional and intellectual exchange there is the occasional humor shared between them (and you, as you will feel as if you’re right there in the room with them). White is consumed in despair at the evil of the world; Black filled with unconditional love despite the appearances.
Watch this powerful film…and ponder the meaning of it all.
It is dialogue between two highly intelligent individuals regarding the meaning or meaninglessness of life. Where is God in a world filled with evil, indeed where corruption rules and people suffer for it? How does one escape? Is their any answer to all the darkness? Must one try to change the world, accept the futility that darkness reigns, or merely do the best you can (or opt out as the man “White” has decided when “Black” encounters him at the train station.)
But what is the “life” spoken of, perhaps the solution is, as I have come to embrace, is to separate oneself from all the collectives the world would have you accept as being “life.”
It is a great illusion, I believe, to identify your existence with what others are doing. To do so brings only high degrees of stress and depression in the impossible and spiritually illegitimate tasks you undertake to reform that world or resign yourself to it. To purge it from your existence, your thoughts and actions, brings enormous peace…such relief isn’t for the hereafter (be it as White thinks as nothingness or as a blessing as Black thinks which illuminates today) but such peace is for now.
For their society, their governments, their wars, their indifference/apathy and outright persecutions even to the extent of mass murder – are not my life nor concern. My life is solely that which is mine to be created and those I choose to be in it. To begin to identify their world with yours is the great illusion which leads to despair. You need not change and reform their world, not care about it at all, to live a life of happiness in evincing love for your self and to those brought to you. The rest of the world can indeed wallow in their hell, but you, as I, can live in your own heaven if you so choose.
It’s all about you creating YOUR life or resigning yourself to being a player in theirs…this is the point I would have shared with White. Their world need not be yours unless you choose it to be.
I highly recommend the film The Sunset Limited to all those of thought, pondering, about the insane world most choose to live in (but which I believe it is possible to remove oneself from to possess joy and peace while in this human body.) Be you of a faith, agnostic, or an atheist…if you are thoughtful…this film will be appreciated. I really liked it.
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