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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Secret & The Tree, The Tao of Gizmo

The Tao of We

"Sometimes we are the secret, and sometimes we are the tree."

Moonrise Kingdom
I wrote this in a loose discussion prompted by Moonrise Kingdom in May. Sometimes we are the secret, and sometimes we are the tree. Moonrise Kingdom illustrates the case where we are both: the confidence and the confidant.

It jostles slightly that it was no tree after all. Memory failed. It was a portion of stone building in In the Mood for Love that I pulled the analogy from. But the idea remains: sometimes we are the secret, sometimes we are the tree.

Wong & Doyle mesmerize

Sometimes we are both. Sometimes we are neither. The aim is to eschew the cases where we are knowingly neither and knowingly don't want either to be.

A few months ago, I went into the ocean with someone wearing a Gizmo shirt. It made me want to go back and watch Gizmo in Gremlins, a movie I haven't seen in unknown years. After watching, it seemed apropos the person wearing the shirt was wearing the shirt--a genuinely good and honest person, and I wrote a friend about the Tao of Gizmo.

In Gremlins, you see nice, fuzzy Gizmo taking into account consequences, in opposition to just acting out of self-interest. Maybe he's hungry, but he knows he can't be fed after midnight, even if his keeper doesn't know. He nods no. He stays aware of what's better for the whole, not just himself, and keeps that in mind while making choices.

Stripe lets loose in Gremlins
Stripe, his accidental spawn, on the other hand, is the pinnacle of indulgence and disregard. At one point in the movie, he wields a chainsaw as a threat. Stripe is what happens when you go against what you know is not right for you and is potentially detrimental to others.

In the past 2 years, my heart has broken fully at least 4 times, my faith in humanity shaken completely once. My heart quakes still watching certain scenes in movies. Due to memories made and memories not made. More importantly though, the opportunity to break the hearts of others seems to constantly abound. And in those moments, where selfish wants or motives could prevail, remember (y)our Gizmo.

Passing delights, victories, and band-aids always have greater ranging consequences which ripple out and tidal wave us all. There is no "getting away with" anything. Whether it be too much chocolate or too little heart. If you know something's wrong, it's wrong. If you know something is right, then fight. Be a compass, be your compass.

Moonrise Kingdom left me speechless because it was so pure in its representation of love and trust: where we are the secret and we are the tree. Be the secret and be the tree. Be the Gizmo.

Be as you would have others be to you. Expect no more than you give yourself.

Farewell to you, 2012. Fare well, New Penzance.

Moonrise Kingdom

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