Sunday, April 17, 2005

I did a little bit of "future asessment" of my life today and realised that I would be happy if I lived a long and pointless life, purely because this option is open to me. So many people wish to leave a legacy before they die, such as creating something that will exist after death, or even having children to keep the family name going. I'm the only child in the family, and thus bear the burden of continuing the family name (even though there are other Kirby's in the world, however unrelated), but I don't see the point of this, as I believe that your last name is like a new house - as the years go by it becomes more lived in, more yours, so it doesn't matter what name you have and whether people remember it, as long you claim it as your own (that also goes for name changes, because no matter what you change your name to, you can still make it represent who you are).

Back to the pointless journey.

Macbeth - Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 23 - 28
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

We don't need to go through the whole 'life is short' speech, but whether our own existance is meaningful or even important in relation to the bigger perspective of life is a debate in itself. From the moment we begin to live, we get out there and do our 'thing', keep the world turning, the machine spinning, or whatever you would like to believe, and then we're gone. Do you care if you're remembered? Will you be there to watch them remember or forget you? I remember mentioning the movie Donnie Darko a while ago in a previous post, but I never mentioned why it appealed to me. For those who have not seen it, the movie basically covers the decisions we make in life, and how much importance is placed on these choices. I can't begin to explain much more about it as its' complexity is still a hot topic for many people willing to deconstruct it. A good place to start looking is .

Finally, we have the good old Monty Python boys to give their perspective. This is a song taken from the movie 'The Meaning Of Life'.

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour,
That's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see,
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Our galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars
It's 100,000 light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick
But out by us its just 3,000 light years wide
We're 30,000 light years from galactic central point,
We go round every 200 million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding Universe.
The Universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
in all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know,
12 million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
Because there' bugger all down here on earth.

So there you have it. A bit of a mixed bag, pretty sure i've contradicted myself many a time. Take what you want from the above, I just needed an excuse to write.


Blogger Dave said...

well we all know that well, youre kirbs. simply cos of that, and you being interesting, youll end up somewhere interesting. nuff said really.

lot of good points there kirbs.

cheers for goin halves with the bourbon too, ill wing you some when ive had a few drinks - doesnt seem fair to pay 15 for a few refills into your coke can.

11:26 PM  
Blogger kirbs said...

coo, thanks daveh

5:55 PM  
Blogger Hector Drone said...

Hey Sam, do us all a favour. Find more excuses to renew that cool blog of yours more often.
It's really interesting.

7:45 PM  

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