Stanley Kubrick on Mortality, the Fear of Flying, and the Purpose of Existence: The 1968 Playboy Interview | Brain Pickings

Nice reflections by Kubrick:

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism — and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong — and lucky — he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

Stanley Kubrick on Mortality, the Fear of Flying, and the Purpose of Existence: The 1968 Playboy Interview | Brain Pickings.

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2 thoughts on “Stanley Kubrick on Mortality, the Fear of Flying, and the Purpose of Existence: The 1968 Playboy Interview | Brain Pickings

  1. Yes. When I was a child I had these amazing moments where I simply marveled at the miracle of being alive. As I aged, these moments were fewer and fewer until they went into hibernation altogether. After my cancer diagnosis, oddly enough, they came back. Sometimes it is enough to make me cry but they are joyful tears.

    • I had the same experience. A sense of awe and wonder, both in the bigger sense (I’m alive) and the smaller (enjoying nature). It is a real rebirth in a way. As time goes on, we slip more into our routines, but hopefully don’t lose this completely.

      Thanks for sharing.

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