Posted January 23, 2013on:
time is the speed at which the past decays – Cloud Atlas
Actually listening to the soundtrack as I write this…
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell was a fantastic, thought provoking read, and watching the movie afterwards was like being given a gift tied with a bow. 6 lives spanning across centuries, lives there were lived over and over again, dealing with the same issues of the future of modern society and what future, if any, it will come to. The book brought up many social-economic issues we face today, using up our resources, creating a land that is unlivable, power fighting against power, war, slavery, technology, business, this book, as one of my college professors would say, “rang a bell” in me.
Do you ever get that feeling, that you’ve been in a situation before, that you’ve lived another life, and pieces won’t fit together? Do you ever feel that change seems like an enormous possibility, and one person shaping the world is too much to ask. Maybe we are too small for this world…I used to think that, until my lost motivation returned…
“He who would do battle with the many headed hydra of human nature must pay a world of pain & his family must pay it along with him! & and only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!”
“Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?” – Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell