6/8/08

Live Like Yourself

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By Beop Jung sunim*


If someone is in anxiety and sorrow he is still clinging to times past.

If someone can't fall asleep for fear of the future he is spending time in advance not to come yet.

You cease to be if your eyes are taken off to either the past or the future. Frankly speaking, there is neither the past nor the future, only the present.


If you do your best in life to the fullest now, there is no room for the fear of life and death.

Live like yourself where you are.


* Sunim means monk in Korean. Translation into English by Mr. Moon

5/14/08

Waking Life

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Your life is real or you're dreaming? What is love? Do you know about the collective unconscious? Waking Life (Director Richard Linklater) bombards me with the simple, subtle questions, but it's pretty tricky to answer as so is life itself. Anyway, It's a little gloomy I can't be sure of if I live or I'm dreaming.

Look around the world where countless people are dying from severe starvation and the attack of armed forces led by the powerful who are DREAMING of a new world. Moreover, natural disasters like cyclone and earthquake in Asia have carried off hundreds of thousands of people in an instant. These are what I have never dreamed of. Can I call such situations reality with no doubt?

The film seems to suggest an alternative idea for me. In talking with the protagonist, a professor argues free will makes our existence hopeful and optimistic though the universe is absurd and meaningless. To quote his words "Your life is yours to create. What you do makes a differences is always our decision who we are." I generally agree with the professor.

Waking Life deals with the diverse range of subjects including dream, existentialism and situationism. If you happen to expect to kill time seeing the film, you are likely to have a nightmare. In my point of view, the film isn't simply tell the relationship between dream and reality, but make us aware of immoral and irrational society through the story of dream. At the end part of the film, asked how you wake up by the protagonist, Linklater says "It's easy, Just... wake up!" As an enthusiastic admirer of Linklater, I'm looking forward to his insightful works.
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"People who doubted free will did so on the grounds that God knows everything in advance." - from Waking Life
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3/28/08

Back To Heaven - 귀천(歸天)

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By Cheon Sang Byeong
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I'd go back to heaven.
Handing in hand with dew
That disappears at a touch of the glow of dawn.

I'd go back go heaven.
Only with the glow of setting sun
Soon after a motion of cloud while playing at the foot.

I'd go back to heaven.
At the end of my excursion to this beautiful world
I'd say "It was beautiful..."
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나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
새벽빛 와 닿으면 스러지는
이슬 더불어 손에 손을 잡고,

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
노을빛 함께 단 둘이서
기슭에서 놀다가 구름 손짓하며는,

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
아름다운 이 세상 소풍 끝내는 날,
가서, 아름다웠더라고 말하리라......
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Translation by Mr. Moon
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3/7/08

Don't judge too quickly

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Laughter as the best medicine is like a lubricant in our life. My best friend, Mr. Park who works for a American company, gave the chance for me to laugh. He emailed me with four clips of humorous video attached yesterday. Let me introduce two of the clips. Have a nice weekend!
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The human race has one only effective weapon, and that is laughter.
~Mark Twain
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10/25/07

Still Smoking?

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To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life. ~ Gelett Burgess
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