The LORD your God himself crosses over before you… He will be with you, He will not leave nor forsake you.
Deut. 31:3, 8
Luke, Vangie, Ian, and I saw Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this afternoon. Though I cannot condone Jim Carrey’s average movie (they can be passed off as generally mindless and often humorless comedies), I have to rate Eternal Sunshine up there with The Truman Show in terms of Carrey’s acting. As for the story line, I’d put the two on par as well: both mind-bending, thoughtful, films attempting to say something about the viewers’ culture. The quick synopsis of this one is that a doctor has invented a procedure to erase “painful memories.” Disappointed with their failing relationship, Clementine erases all her memories of Joel and their relationship. In a frenzy of sorrow, Joel follows her lead and begs the “good” doctor to bleach his mind of Clementine—but as the process occurs, Joel recalls all the good memories they had together, and he begins fighting the procedure. The message you clearly retain: memories make who you are; erasure thereof, even of painful ones, destroys part of your personality.
Do people need to be acknowledged to exist? I stood in the kitchen tonight washing dishes we just dirtied, the four of us enjoying grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, listening to Eric and Ian and Luke and Vangie play a Nintendo game. Eyes glued to the screen, communicating in tense word-fragments, I watched them and felt alone. My dishes and I—did I exist to them at that moment? Surely looking over they saw me; yet if I had vanished for a moment…
Mind your P’s and carrots. Would civilization die if our clocks did? Being alone breeds bitterness. Packages over 16 oz have to originate from an official post office. “Is there grace for the wayward heart?” How much would you have to be paid to be separated from your “significant other” for a year (strict non-communication)? Look at Mr. Bunny and smile now…
– KF –