22 February 2006

Fundamental mystery

All my life I've been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
~ Luis Buñuel, born on this day in 1900

A 1945 portrait of Buñuel by Leo Matiz, photographer from Aracataca, Colombia.

(View work by other Colombian photographers.)

3 comments:

Jana Swartwood said...

If only! But instead we choose to make ourselves crazy.

tinuvielf said...

I've been starting to think this might be true. Yet, how do you know what to do? Do you just make decisions on the spur of the moment? How would you make the big ones like what to major in (in college) and whether or not to get married?

But with this as a "guide" then you'd never have to worry about your life getting off track--because there are no tracks. Life is moorland. I've been reading about moorland, though, and it's swampy with hidden pitfalls.

Sounds about right.

amcorrea said...

But trains often jump their tracks, so that's neither here nor there.

I've found that "big" decisions (such as the ones you mentioned) cannot be made until you're at that point anyway. Anything else is borrowing unnecessary trouble or trying to have control where none is actually possible.

(And don't ever take anything as a hard-and-fast rule. We're all just feeling our way in the dark.)