Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Very Very Mad World

Have you ever looked into someone's life and wondered why God forgot about you?
I have.
Why do people in bad marriages find it so easy to make babies? Why do people who don't work hard make so much money? How do mean people get so many others to listen to them?

I used to get depressed about it and I would comfort myself by thinking you never know what's going on behind the curtains! I would feel a little bit better, but I didn't really believe it. Until I actually looked behind the curtain and saw for myself.

You know what? It wasn't a comfort. I wasn't pleased. I saw that shame and I was shamed. I saw that poverty and I was poor. I had seen the fall of Colossus and the camelback transport to Syria. There's no comfort in the proof of those old maxims.


ersatz said...

This is one of my favorite music videos of all time, and I spent about 3 hours looking for it last year.

And we're all in this together, but we're all in this alone. It's sad and creepy, but I find a lot of comfort in the fact that we are in this together.

amanda said...

Susan - I prayed for you and David this morning, and I want to continue doing that as often as I can remember. I haven't known you guys long, but I love you both, and I want all the happiness and joy and love in the world for you guys. I don't really have any words of encouragement that would mean much, but I know that you and David would love a child to pieces. I pray that happens for you soon.

Jason Harmon said...

that's an old school tears for fears song and the guy thats singing it now was asked to do so for the last sequence of Donnie Darko. the lyrics are haunting. great song.

see you guys soon.

Anonymous said...

KBFA, I am so glad you like this video. It's haunting. There is something especially dark about the winter light on city buildings, don't you think?

Amanda, That means more to me than I can possibly convey. Thank you so so very much for your prayers. I am so so glad that I've had the opportunity to get to know you better.

Jason, I'm old enough to remember the Tears for Fears song, can you believe that? The music from the 80s has shaped so much of my personality, I think. When I heard it on Donnie Darko, I was thinking "wait a minute...I've heard that before." I like this version better because the TFF version just seems too poppy and synthisized for the darkness of the lyric. Don't you think?


John in Birmingham said...

With much wisdom comes much sorrow.

I used to think this meant that we shouldn't seek wisdom because I thought the goal of life was to be happy. But I don't think that anymore.

susan said...

It seems that knowledge causes sorrow and wisdom helps to take the edge off. I know that I've learned some things in the past week or so that I would rather have been ignorant about.

Something happened that was like a rock dropping into a pond and I felt the movement of the ripples before I knew who threw the rock. That happens a lot with me. (Men are lucky because they don't know shit until someone gives them the facts.)