1) Stand In The Fountain
Floating lamps? Or ropes and pulleys? Answer: Floating lamps.
John Southworth, “Life Is Unbelievable” (The Pillowmaker, 2010)
2) All Is Grace, There Is No Grace
Acknowledgement of vast ignorance, of vulnerability, of good fortune — humility. That’s the place to start.
Robert Bresson, “Au Hasard Balthazar” (1966)
3) Know Where You Came From
World Party, “Is It Like Today?” (Bang!, 1993)
4) Learn To Measure The Stars
VideoFromSpace, “Earth From Space; NASA Highlights” (2012)
5) Come Face To Face
Are you the dog? Or the skunk? Answer: The dog.
popeye9090, “Dog Meets Skunk” (2009)
6) The Veil Comes Down
Willie Nelson, “I Never Cared For You” (Teatro, 1998)
7) Seek Out Consolation
After tears and sleep, there is music at the opera house.
Maria Callas, “Casta Diva” (Rome, 1957)
8) Decide: What Is Love?
Roger Scruton says you can find consolation closer to home, and from consolation, happiness. He also doesn’t mind providing an answer to one of the enduring questions.
VPROWinkel, “Roger Scruton” (Of Beauty & Consolation, 2000)
9) The Fun Machine Is Going Down, Follow It
Other sources of consolation and happiness are available. Here’s some on this sidewalk in Boston. Except really, you probably do not want that person back.
Lake Street Dive, “I Want You Back” (2012) — thx M Rowe
10) Watch The End Of Fellini’s Film
Now it’s late at night and the people you love are asleep. You’re tired, the lamps are floating. You can’t tear yourself from the computer. Then, au hasard, you get to this, and it’s enough to bring a close to the day.
Federico Fellini, “Nights Of Cabiria” (1957)
Are you crying ‘cuz you’re happy? Or sad? Answer: Happy.