Thirty

Monday, 22 November 2010

I’ve been thir­ty for a cou­ple of days now, but as I sit here watch­ing The Return of the King & eat­ing piz­za rolls, life doesn’t seem that much dif­fer­ent now than when I was 15. It is, of course. I’ve al­ways been some­one who wants to be tak­en more se­ri­ous­ly than my age would in­di­cate. Somehow I feel that now that I’ve com­plet­ed 3 decades, some al­lot­ment of dig­ni­ty or re­spect is my due. I’m per­fect­ly aware that dig­ni­ty & re­spect are earned, not be­stowed, but there’s not much op­por­tu­ni­ty to suc­cess­ful­ly work for ei­ther when you’re in your twen­ties.

Now that I’m thir­ty, there’s noth­ing left but to be se­ri­ous and ma­ture all of the time, for the rest of my life.

Duel

Thursday, 4 November 2010

I think there is some­thing not right about [psy­chother­a­py]. It doesn’t do any good to any­one. I have a metaphor: If you il­lu­mi­nate your house with strong lights to the very last cor­ner, the house be­comes un­in­hab­it­able. And it’s the same thing if you try to il­lu­mi­nate a hu­man be­ing to the last crevices of his or her soul — the­se hu­man be­ings be­come un­in­hab­it­able. I do not want to deal with it. It’s a lit­tle bit like — of the same mag­ni­tude as — the Spanish Inquisition. The Inquisition didn’t do much good, and it was a sim­i­lar quest. It was a quest to search and to il­lu­mi­nate the last lit­tle cor­ner and crevice of your faith — scru­ti­niz­ing all the depth of your faith, whether you were with­in the doc­trine of faith or not. It didn’t do much good. So I think psy­cho­analy­sis is a mis­take of the same mag­ni­tude.

Werner Herzog, “Mad Bavarian Duke: Werner Herzog” STOPSMILING Issue 25

One very ba­sic think that you learn as a psy­chol­o­gist is a re­spect for sci­ence, and al­ways test­ing out what you think is a con­clu­sion. You nev­er come to a con­clu­sion un­til you have full ev­i­dence for it. When you’re mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary, it’s im­por­tant you don’t come to a judg­ment on peo­ple, but you go through an open-mind­ed dis­cov­ery process. People al­ways say, “Are you ob­jec­tive? Are you sub­jec­tive?” Those two ex­tremes come to­geth­er with em­pa­thy and love. It’s not cold sci­en­tific re­port­ing, but there’s an ob­jec­tiv­i­ty there. At the same time you’re deal­ing with hu­man emo­tions that re­quire that the cam­era per­son have heart-to-heart con­tact. I be­lieve that’s pos­si­ble.

Albert Maysles, “Shooting From the Heart: Albert Maysles” STOPSMILING Issue 25