Reel Religion – Lecture 2
His life is governed by one thing – revenge
He tells himself a lot of lies in order to stay in this relationship with himself
His condition is something he uses to enable him to never have to reflect to who he might be
He uses his condition (partly / real partly imagined) in order to never
As human beings, we are different than other animals, we are always able to reflect and relate
to the situations we are in
Animals are governed by their instincts (they don’t say “why am I doing this?”)
Because of this gift we have, we need not/ should not, ever come to think that we are defined or
established by the situations we are in
We are always able to relate to things
Point; religiously speaking, there is no exact defined role for who we are. We do not have to
behave in a curtained defined way because our essence we are spiritual beings who can reflect
and wonder. We have some instincts but we can always over ride them.
Normal doesn’t mean what you have to do, normal is what everybody does. It’s a common way
of doing things. We live in a world where we are pressured to do things like how everyone else
does them. To be like everyone else or face the fear of being considered a freak.
Be free, be you, don’t get tied up with who the world wants you to be. By doing what the world
wants, you are giving yourself to the world. Give yourself to life, and impurity and true.
The things we thought meant everything to us, don’t. you wont di e if you don’t get into med
school or if you don’t get a lexus. Youre not a less of a human being if your dreams don’t come
Everything you think and do is tied up with a romantic relationship. The things that happen to us
don’t have to be the author of who we are forever. We want to be something we understand,
something secure, something you don’t have to think and wonder about. You like the safety and
security of who you think you are and where youre going. We =pretend that we are a definite
When you accept you are prepuating upon yourself a
We like being machines and object to ourself, it makes us feel rested and secure. Not always
wondering and tinking and reflecting. We rather coste than live. We have everything figured out
Leonard is the aphimany of self perception. He rejects who he might be asa free person in an
uncomfortable comfort zone in a particular understanding of who he is to himself. He refuses to what he has done to refuse to participate with his guilt. His condition is quite real
and alo imagined. He does not belive he can live till he creates stratergies and schemes.
“first words” where are you
“last words” Where was I
He defines himself in relationship to where he is. Not who he is but where he is. Not who he can
become but where he is. “where are you” same question to him as “who am I”
If he can answer “ where am I” he can answer “who he is”
It can answer what hes doing and what he needs to do.
The room he is in- the room is always annonoumous
He too is anonymous to himself. He has no relationship to who he is.
“Help in time of need”
“an eye for an eye” a section in the bible that talks about revenge. He stops with the language of
revenge. We have leonard looking for truths. He finds a text on revenge, but doesn’t want to
finish reading. Leonard want to be the god of revenge, he wants to take