It’s funny how nothing changes as you get older. No matter how well you do in life or how many acquaintances you make and how many great rapports you develop with others, there will always be certain people who just don’t jive with ya.
Katharine Hepburn said in The Philadelphia Story: “The time to make up your mind about people is NEVER.” This is one of the truest most to-the-core things I’ve ever heard in life, maybe THE most to-the-core things I’ve ever heard. I’m no Buddha, I’m no Jesus of Nazareth either. So many people before me have said such great things, all of them help in times of need. I’m not talking about the bible, although I recognize and appreciate the bible like you wouldn’t believe. After all, Orson Welles himself said that all you’ll ever need in the world is to know the Bible and Shakespeare. That’s all the education you’ll ever need. Again, great words spoken by a great man. The problem is that there have been many great men and women who have said great things, too many to know them all and to apply them to my own life. SO, I guess I’ll just learn as these great ones did learn themselves; through trial and error.
The sad thing about life, is that “everybody has their reasons”.
Much like the ‘comedy of manners’ The Rules of the Game, we live in a world of rank, hierarchy, snobbery, tomfoolery… STOP: You know, we’re all going to leave this world one day. I’m saddened by the fact that most of us feel the need to play these games. To betray others. To feel superior to others. To belittle. Small penis-ed men who buy fast cars to impress women, silly-ninny picked-on-when-they-were-youthes CEOs crushing their competitors like ants and pissing on their employees. Lovers who compare you to their past lovers. Friends trading friends for something better. If you’re one of the above, your parents ouught to have their ears BUTTERED for having raised such WICKED children! For Shame!!!
Great worlds come not only from the Bible, from religious figures, war heroes, poets, great presidents and great militants. Great words also come from another source, for me. I’m talking about a show where people with tall blue hair and yellow skin run-a-muck and entertain and fill a void, what a VOID! You so fill that fill ever-so-completely; I speak of course, of the Simpsons!
Auntie Oven Fresh said: Ribbons and trophies are no comfort on your death bed.
How very true. When you’re old and frail and way past your prime, and nobody remembers who you are or what you’ve done, in the end, you’ll probably end up alone. Like Bette Davis said in All About Eve when she was stranded in her car on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere while conversing with her co-star Celeste Holm, ” The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you’ll need them when you get back to being a woman.”
In the end you’ll end up disheveled, used-up, just like the parent/legally declared invalid spouse/sibling devoted to caring for you a-la Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Do you want to be remembered at all? It is egotistical to want to leave behind a legacy? Children, Art, architecture, Political Life, something, anything? I don’t think so. So to all those who are sticking to their jobs just because they want to make some money or prove something to their friends or family, consider this: Think about the “last time” you… whatever. Chances are that “thing” happened months ago. 6 months ago. a year ago! Time flies! I know you think you’ll stay young forever, and you ARE young. But, not as young as you were or as young as you’ll ever be. Once you start saying things like ” I went to bla bla bla 15 years ago” or ” Turn the radio up, I love this song, man I haven’t heard this song bla bla bla years ago”.. . Do something else with your life. Time is ticking out! NOW. GO!!!!
-This Is Orson Welles.