However Vast the Darkness, We Must Supply Our Own Light

By Stanley Kubrick, on whether if life is purposeless is it worth living?

“Yes, for those of us who manage somehow to cope with our mortality. The very meaningless of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism–and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he`s reasonably strong–and lucky–he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life`s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaningless of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not be able to recapture the pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying thing about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death–however mutable man may be able to make them–our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”

Stanley Kubrick was a meticulous genius of film making, whose passion was finding within ourselves that misplaced Eden of the soul; a time when humanity lost it`s immortality, purpose and meaning of existence, and was cast out into the big bad world to find it`s own road to travel. In making concessions to survive and prosper how does mankind keep it`s original goodness, or is it simply paying lip-service to the concept of faith in humanity in order to pay for the ticket to ensure that survival?  So many of the characters in Kubrick`s films are like fallen angels who have embraced the “dark side” and prey on the weakness of others and betray their open hearted goodness, because they see the world as indifferent to man`s existence, and so for them, Heaven and Hell do not exist; therefore the stick and carrot of religion is superfluous as a moralistic controlling agent. In order for us to discover purpose, goodness and meaning to our lives and in others…………“However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”




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