“Actually, there’s only one instant, and it’s right now, and it’s eternity. And it’s an instant in which God is posing a question, and that question is basically, ‘Do you wanna be one with eternity, do you want to be in heaven?’ And, we’re all saying, ‘Nooo thank you, not just yet.’ And so time is actually just this constant saying ‘No’ to God’s invitation. I mean, that’s what time is. linklater.jpg
It’s no more 50 A.D. than it’s 2001. There’s just this one instant, and that’s what we’re always in. And then she tells me that actually, this is the narrative of everyone’s life. Behind the phenomenal difference there is but one story, and that’s the story of moving from the ‘No’ to the ‘Yes.’ All of life is like, ‘No thank you, No thank you, No thank you.’ And then, ultimately, it’s, ‘Yes I give in, Yes I accept, Yes I embrace.’ I mean, that’s the journey. Everyone gets to the ‘Yes’ in the end, right?”
Watched Waking Life again this evening – I’ve been waking up mornings these days with conversations from my dreams fresh and vivid in my mind. The people in these dreams have been telling me things that are astonishing, in ways that stagger me and leave me agog for the few minutes it takes before the memory fades, things I can not understand how I could possibly know, and I’m determined to find out how that could be.
The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream

Thoughts That, If Not Deep, Are At Least Wide

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  1. I’ve been thinking of watching this movie ever since it came out on video. This week, for sure…

  2. Bearman, the passage above reminded me very much of Rick’s worship of the passages in Henry Miller and elsewhere (the same ones I loved of course) about saying yes to the world, yes to everything, because life was meant to be a continuous saying of ‘yes’.

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