Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Simple Truth

Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time.

Soren Kierkegaard
"It can't be true, I only thought of it myself."

Are we all born wise and gradually become ignorant? Are we all born sane and slowly go mad? So it would seem since as adults we tend to give up rational thinking and do crazy things.

There is the classic legend of the man who goes out looking for the most beautiful flower in the world. He scours the earth, goes into every garden, every field and forest. He finds many exotic and colorful blossoms, but none he considers the most beautiful. After many years he finally gives up his quest and returns home, and there he finds the most beautiful flower of all growing in his own back yard.

After working several years in my career and having learned the ropes by doing I finally read a well known book on acting. The author wrote eloquently and affirmatively about the subject and I was expecting to find some secrets to improve my work.. I was surprised to realize that there was noshing in the book I wasn't acquainted with. As I read I kept saying "Yes. Yes. That's right."

I think to approach any venture from the practical instead of the theoretical side is the only way to go about it. At best the book did simplify a few things for me, and that was good. But you can't learn to be an actor by reading a book. A theoretical approach can lead one into gardens, fields and forests looking for the most beautiful. But we can learn to rely on our own reason, desire, sense of proportion and form, of right and wrong, our own sense of truth to tell us what is the most beautiful.. And once wedded to an objective with heart and mind and body the search is over. The doing is all.

I am grateful for my patient and unpatronizing friends with whom I can share and enjoy the simpleness of life.

DB - The Vagabond

(This is not a contest)

What was the most significant event that happened in 2010?

Only 3 responses so far

I await your answer.

1 comment:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sometimes the most amazing things are right near us, the key is to recognize them.