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Bourne Identity (2002) is about Jason Bourne (played by Matt Damon) who has no clue of his own identity.

Jason begins the journey of unlocking the secret of his own identity. To start with, Jason has got only a bank account number implanted into his hip.

The fascinating journey begins with the journey to Paris. Jason soon realizes he possesses extraordinary talents in fighting, self defense and linguistics.

More importantly, he realizes that he cannot trust any one. His tryst with lost identity becomes a journey of self-exploration – who he really is and why so many people are out there to end this search.

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Cinema can function as a ‘mirror’ or a ‘smokescreen’. It can (dis)engage us from some very important questions.

Rock On (2008) engages us in conversations about identity, meaning, morality, and destiny. I found the song ‘socha hai’ thought provoking. In fact, the song raises worldview questions (interesting).

What is a worldview? A worldview is the set of glasses we wear through which we interpret the whole of life. The basic worldview questions are

  • How did we come into existence? (Origins)
  • Who are we? (Identity) Why are we here? (Meaning)
  • How do we know what is right? (Morality)
  • Where are we going from here? (Destiny)

Socha Hai (in Rock on) raises worldview questions.

Why is the sky blue?/ Why is water wet? /Why is the earth round? / What makes silk soft?/ What makes fire hot? /Why doesn’t two and two make five? /Why are trees vanishing? / Why do we have three seasons? /Why don’t we have two moons? / Why is there war? / Why flows the red? / And borders everywhere? /Ever wondered…Have you? / Ever wondered what’s this all about? / Ever wondered…? / If you haven’t, then do it now /Why do all rivers flow? / What’s light, d’you know? What makes snow fall? / Why do friends keep falling out? / Why do stars fall? / Why is there lightning in clouds? /Ever wondered…have you? / Ever wondered…what’s this all about? / Ever wondered…? /If you haven’t, then do it now /Silence can’t be heard /And the wind can’t be seen / Ever wondered… have you ever? /Why skies are blue? /Why is water wet? / Why is the earth round? /What makes silk soft? / What makes fire hot?/ Why don’t two and two make five? /Why are trees vanishing? / Why are there only three seasons? /Why aren’t there two moons? / Why is there war? /Why flows the red? /Why are borders everywhere? /Ever wondered… / Have you? / Ever wondered… /What’s this all about? /Ever wondered…? /If you haven’t, then do it now

Worldview questions are important.  Ever wondered….!

  • Why… is there something rather than nothing? [ Are we merely products of Time + Matter + Chance]
  • Why…are we living? [ Life! what’s the point?]
  • Why…must we do the right thing? [ Are we merely dancing to our DNA?]
  • Who are we? [ Are we molecules in motion?]
  • Where…. do we go from here? [ Are we heading nowhere?]

The answers we bring to these (simple and yet profound) questions  help interpret life.  Ever wondered…Have you? Ever wondered what’s this all about? Ever wondered…? If you haven’t, then do it now…

Life is God’s greatest gift! Let’s Rock on!

Just watched the film Elizabethtown and found quite some interesting take on success and failure. Here are some quotes to think about and reflect

Some thoughts about Success and Failure

“I am ill-equipt in the philosophies of failure” – Phil DeVoss

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” In that moment, I knew success, not greatness, was the only god the world served” – Drew Baylor

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“There’s a diffrence between a failure and a fiasco. A failure is merely the absence of success. Any fool can achieve failure. But a fiasco, a fiasco is a disaster of epic propotions. A fiasco is a folk tale told to other’s to make other people feel more alive because it didn’t happen to them.” – Drew Baylor [voiceover]

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“So you failed. Alright you really failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You failed. You think I care about that? I do understand. You wanna be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make them wonder why you’re still smiling” – Claire Colburn

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” No true fiasco ever began as a quest for mere adequacy. A motto of the British Special Air Force is: ‘Those who risk, win.’ A single green vine shoot is able to grow through cement. The Pacific Northwestern salmon beats itself bloody on it’s quest to travel hundreds of miles upstream against the current, with a single purpose, sex of course, but also… life” –  Drew Baylor:

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