vendredi 2 février 2018

We do what we can to endure


Tell me what happens if Beethoven's writing his Ninth Symphony, and suddenly he wakes up one day and realizes that God doesn't exist. [...] So Beethoven says : "Shoot, God doesn't exist, so I guess I'm writing this for other people. [...] This is something that they'll remember me for."

And they did. And we do. And sure enough, we do what we can to endure.

We build our legacy piece by piece, and maybe the whole world will remember you, or maybe just a couple of people, but you do what you can to make sure you're still around after you're gone. And so we're still reading this book, we're still singing the song, and kids remember their parents and their grandparents and everyone's got their family tree, and Beethoven's got his symphony, And we've got it too. And everyone will keep listening to it for the foreseeable future. But... that's where things start breaking down, because your kids... Your kids are gonna die. And their kids will die, and so on, and so on.

And then there's gonna be one big-one big tectonic shift. Yosemite will blow and the western plates will shift, and the oceans will rise, the mountains will fall, and 90 percent of humanity will be gone. One fell swoop. This is just science.

Whoever's left will... go to higher ground and social order will fall away, and we will revert to scavengers and hunters and gatherers, but maybe there's someone... someone who one day hums a melody they used to know. And it gives everyone a little bit of hope.

Mankind's on the verge of being wiped out, but it keeps going a little bit longer because someone hears someone else hum a melody in a cave and the physics of it in their ear make them feel something other than fear or hunger or hate, and mankind carries on and civilization gets back on track. [...]

A ghost storyDavid Lowery (2017)
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Ce passage bavard (ici tronqué) constitue paradoxalement une pause dans ce film plutôt silencieux et lent... Je le reproduis ici d'avantage pour louer le film d'une part, et l'apparition de ce visage connu d'autre part (Will Oldham, Bonnie "prince" Billy, Palace Brothers, etc...), que pour son contenu intrinsèque.

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