Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I'm probably referring to my Popular Culture lecture from Oxford way too often. But sometimes life gives you stuff that sticks with you mentally and every now and then your mind opens up the drawer in which it was hidden.

A film that we watched in that lecture was The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was an interesting film, but I didn't fully understand its point and in general it wasn't the type of film that I normally like.
Still, something in the title intrigues me. Wikipedia says:

According to Kundera, "being" is full of "unbearable lightness" because each of us has only one life to live: "Einmal ist keinmal" ("once is nonce", i.e., "what happened once might as well have never happened at all"). Therefore, each life is ultimately insignificant; every decision ultimately does not matter. Since decisions do not matter, they are "light": they do not tie us down. But at the same time, the insignificance of our decisions—our lives, or being—is unbearable. Hence, "the unbearable lightness of being".

Which is something I need to internalise. I simply can't make decisions and usually let life and fate make them for me (which works surprisingly well).


I remained pretty unaffected by today for most of the day. But ... at some point, the urge to do something grew too strong and I couldn't resist any longer.

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And this isn't a subtle hint that my cannibalistic tendencies and my appetite for sweets are interrelated. Tehehehe :->


Anonymous said...

I did not understand everything in the last movie I watched in English either. But the reason was my English. It was just not good enough. The message the movie conveyed on the other hand was not very sophisticated, I could follow easily ;-)

Although I have already heard the title "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" - and the German translation - I do not know the movie yet. But the title and your explanation make me eager to watch it! I hope I will remember after my kendo-marathon when I have time to watch *G*

The girl on your drawing... is you?


Manuela said...

Hehe. Thankfully, we don't have to understand every word to get the general idea of a film (same with books). But one's own language skill level isn't always the problem. Sometimes I watch films in German and don't get every word, because of the background noise (happens very often with action films). So I usually comfort myself with the thought that maybe a native speaker wouldn't understand it either.

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" is actually a book. I haven't read it, though. The book probably goes deeper into the concept of the title than the film. So in case you ever run out of reading material... ;)
The film deals with it, too, and there's something about it that makes you remember it.

Yes, that's the comic-version of me on the card :)

Have fun with your kendo marathon! What doesn't kill us makes us stronger, and you'll have a comparatively relaxed week afterwards to enjoy your survival ;)

Anonymous said...

The good thing about action films is you don't have to understand any word to be able to follow ;-)

And: I am still alive! Next week won't be exhausting as far as kendo is concerned. But I have appointments with friends every single evening. That will also be quite exhausting! :-(

(still breathing but not really moving any more)

Manuela said...

Sounds like you have perfected the concept of, eh, "Freizeitstress" ;)