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Mirror has two faces

I like watching the vintage Hollywood or Bollywood or Tollywood (Telugu, my mother tongue). They make a lot more sense than the stories we have now-a-days. I came across this beautiful story “the mirror has two faces” and decided to watch the movie. I am fascinated by jeff bridges’ character.

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Here is my favorite lines from the script, that is a must read:

As I stood at the altar beside my sister and her husband to be, it struck me that this ritual, called wedding ceremony, is really just the final scene of a fairy tale…

They never tell you what happens after…

They never tell you that Cinderella drove the Prince crazy with her obsessive need to clean the castle, cause she missed her day job, right?

They don’t tell us what happens after because there is no after…

The be-all and end-all of romantic love was…?

Sex…?

Marriage…?

But it wasn’t always like that!

Around the 12th century there was a notion known as ”courtly love”, where love had nothing to do with marriage and nothing to do with sex…

In most cases it was defined as a passionate relationship between a knight and a lady of the court who was already married, and so they could never consummate their love… In this way they would have to rise above… your ordinary… you know… “going to the bathroom in front of each other” kind of love…

They would go after something more divine…

They took sex out of the equation, and what was left was a union of souls…

Clinical experts, scholars and my Aunt Esther are united in the belief that true love has spiritual dimensions, while romantic love is nothing but a lie… an illusion… a modern myth… a soulless manipulation…

And speaking of manipulation … it’s like going to the movies and we see the lovers on screen kiss, and the music swells, and we buy it, right? So, when my date takes me home and kisses me good night, if I don’t hear the philharmonic in my head, I dump him!

Now the question is; why do we buy it?

We buy it because whether it is a myth or a manipulation, let’s face it… we all want to fall in love… Right?

Why…?

Because that experience makes us feel completely alive…

Where every sense is heightened…

Every emotion is magnified…

Our everyday reality is shattered, and we are flung into the heavens….

It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon… but that doesn’t diminish its value… Because we’re left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives…

I read an article a while ago that said, “When we fall in love, we hear Puccini in our heads”… I love that… I think it’s because his music fully expresses our longing for passion in our lives and romantic love…

And while we are listening to La Bóheme or Turandot, or reading Wuthering Heights, or watching Casablanca… a little bit of that love lives in us too…

So the final question is: Why do people want to fall in love when it has such a short shelf life and can be devastatingly painful?

Propagation of the species…?

Psychologically we need to connect with somebody…?

Are we culturally preconditioned…?

Good answers, but much too intellectual for me…

I think it’s because, as some of you may already know…
While it does last, it feels really great…thats why…

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in literature

 

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